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Cards to test Silkmen's home record

Brian Caffarey
5:13pm, Thu 4th Dec 2014
Macclesfield Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 6 December 2014

The Cards travel to the Moss Rose on Saturday in a game which was originally due to take place on Sunday 4 January 2015. Garry Hill’s side now sit in second place after garnering maximum points from two successive home games. But they now face two very tough away matches, beginning with fifth-placed Macclesfield Town, unbeaten at home in the league this season, and then, on Tuesday, at Forest Green Rovers. The Cards’ resolve and ambition will certainly be tested at both venues. There are still seats available on the coach for Macclesfield!

WOKING

On Tuesday night Woking achieved their immediate objective of securing maximum points from two successive home games, ultimately winning fairly comfortably against an Altrincham side who played some attractive football but lacked penetration.

It was particularly good to see Jack Marriott end his barren spell with the first goal of the night. The centre back pairing of Mike Cestor and James Clarke helped to keep a clean sheet for the second game running but Joe McNerney will be available on Saturday – which might encourage Garry to shift one or two players around. Keiran Murtagh will no doubt be keen to start against the club where he spent the 2012-13 season.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN

The Silkmen have had an excellent first half of the season. Their home form is particularly impressive, with eight wins, four draws and no defeats, with 19 goals scored and only six conceded. They have won their last five home games, including inflicting a rare defeat on league leaders Barnet, who, however, gained their revenge in Macclesfield’s last league outing, which saw them lose 3-1 at the Hive last Saturday. They did not play midweek and now sit 5th in the table, three points behind Woking from the same number of games.

Macclesfield have a strong squad, with well-known names including keeper Rhys Taylor, defenders Scott Barrow and George Pilkington and striker Chris Holroyd. Winger Waide Fairhurst is quick on the flanks. Recent signings include well-travelled striker Matthew Barnes-Homer, returning to the Moss Rose from Whitehawk FC; Liam Hogan, a defender on loan from Fleetwood Town; and Denny Johnstone, a 19 year-old Scottish U19 striker on loan from Birmingham City who came on as a substitute against Barnet.

GETTING THERE

Moss Rose Stadium
London Road
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 7SP

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9.30am. The cost is £25 for members and £30 for non-members. Ring or email the Club Shop to book your place (01843 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk).

By car
Exit the M6 at junction 17 (Sandbach) and follow the A534 to Congleton. From here take the A536 to Macclesfield (Macclesfield is signposted from the motorway). After passing the 'Millers' pub on the left continue for about 1/4 of a mile and take the first right after the speed-camera onto Moss Lane. Follow Moss Lane until you reach the ground.

By train
Direct trains leave Euston on the hour e.g. the 12 noon train gets into Macclesfield at 13.41. Other trains leave at 20 minutes past the hour and involve a change at Stoke-on-Trent e.g. the 11.20 from Euston arrives at Stoke at 12.48, with a train from Stoke to Macclesfield leaving at 12.55 and arriving at 13.11. Direct trains back are at 56 minutes past the hour e.g. the 17.56 arrives at Euston at 19.43. Trains via Stoke leave at 26 or 27 minutes past the hour e.g. the 17.27 should get you to Euston at 19.24. The ground is about a 25-minute walk from the station.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £14 / £18
Concessions (Over 60s): £10 / £14
Under 18s / Students: £5
Under 12s: £3

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 0 Macclesfield Town 0
16 August 2014

The Cards’ second home game of the season, following the last-minute point gained against Dartford, saw them having to be content with another draw. At the time this seemed another slightly disappointing result but, given the Silkmen’s subsequent fine record, it was perhaps not too bad an outcome.

Both sides showed attacking intent but, although the Cards had the better of the chances, neither side managed a breakthrough.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, John Nutter, Joey Jones, Josh Payne, Theo Lewis (Reece Beckles 61), John Goddard (Keiran Murtagh 73), Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan (Giuseppe Sole 73)

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Adam Newton

Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor, Andy Halls, Scott Barrow, Luke Waterfall, George Pilkington, Paul Turnbull, Paul Lewis, Waide Fairhurst, Adriano Moke, Arthur Gnahoua, Daniel Whitaker

Unused subs: Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Daniel Cowan, Liam Gibson, Ritchie Branagan

Attendance: 1,340

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday 9 December. They are then at home to Eastleigh in the FA Trophy on Saturday 13 December. The next home league game is on Saturday 20 December when Southport are the visitors. There is FREE ENTRY for kids for that match.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the evening with Geoff Chapple and Tim Buazaglo on Friday 12 December.



Silky late strike proves mighty blow after Cards' comeback

Malcolm Wyatt
9:07am, Sun 7th Dec 2014
Macclesfield Town 2 Woking 1
Vanarama Conference
6th December 2014

Home skipper Paul Turnbull undid Woking’s second-half hard work with a killer strike in the 89th minute at the Moss Rose on Saturday.

In a compelling Cheshire encounter in which the visitors deserved a share of the spoils, Turnbull struck at the death as John Askey’s side drew level on points with the Cards. It was a bitter blow for Garry Hill’s battlers, who put in a valiant shift after the break and might even have nicked all three points.

As it was, Woking slipped to third after Bristol Rovers’ draw at Welling, while the Silkmen underlined their own play-off potential to go fourth.

The Cards came into this clash on the back of two straight home wins, but were held to a goalless draw in mid-August by an impressive Macclesfield Town side unbeaten at home all season.

Askey's side went narrowly down at leaders Barnet the previous weekend, but were ahead in this encounter within 14 minutes.

The first chance fell to the Cards, a promising build-up leading to a powerful Joey Jones strike that just cleared Rhys Taylor's right post.

Jones was involved in another left-wing raid orchestrated by Chris Arthur, but the final ball was poor, while a John Goddard ball was too strong for the chasing Dean Morgan, Woking's lone frontman.

Keiran Murtagh and Kevin Betsy also looked lively in support to Morgan, but pretty soon Macc made their mark.

After Arthur headed away as Turnbull pressed and Betsy cleared under pressure from Scott Barrow, Danny Whittaker created an opening, moving one way then another to get a shot in from outside the area. And while Cards' keeper Ros Worner reacted well, he could only parry to the waiting Matthew Barnes-Homer, who tucked away from close range for the opening goal.

Josh Payne showed poise to break up the next Macc build-up, while the home defence stood firm to deny an Arthur and Jones-led attack, Woking’s approach play all too often coming to nothing.

Joe McNerney, back from a three-match suspension, played in Goddard again, who battled hard down the left but could not find a way through.

At the other end, Mike Cestor headed away a home corner under pressure as the Silkmen looked set to pounce.

Barnes-Homer got the better of Cestor as Macc pushed up again but Worner read his strike well, McNerney heading away the next danger-ball.

The Cards, beaten 3-2 at the same ground last September on an afternoon to forget, were looking a little less assured by the half-hour stage.

But Jones carved out an opening 10 minutes before the break, making space then letting fly from distance, his effort just wide.

Murtagh then played Betsy away, but the home defence cleared and were soon advancing again.

Home 'man of the match' George Pilkington was booked for a rash challenge on Morgan on 37 minutes, Woking boss Hill later arguing he was lucky to stay on after a second yellow-card offence went unpunished.

As it was, Josh Payne's resultant long-range free-kick found McNerney, but he headed wide.

Payne tried his luck from distance again, Taylor flying across his goalmouth but seeing the shot fall agonisingly wide.

And the Cards' pressure continued, a swift passing move ending with a deep Morgan delivery from the left that narrowly eluded a speedy James Clarke.

Half-time: Macclesfield Town 1 Woking 0

For all the visitors’ early midfield pressure, Macc’s opener had set Woking back, but both sides were still in this encounter.

Yet with three strikers on the bench, it was a case of just how long Garry Hill would take to make a change.

As it turned out, a more urgent Woking returned to the field, a promising early attack ending with a powerful Murtagh strike that barely missed Taylor's right post.

But the following attack brought the visitors level, an initial build-up seemingly defused before Morgan somehow found a gap, firing left-footed into the bottom corner from 20 yards for a 51st-minute equaliser.

The pace stepped up accordingly, the Cards in the ascendency but finding their hosts keen to not waste their early impetus.

In one such swift counter-attack, Cestor came to the rescue with a fantastic sliding tackle to dispossess Adriano Moke as he bore down on goal.

The Cards were then inches away from the lead, Betsy letting a cross-field ball fall to the waiting Payne, whose strike beat Taylor but unfortunately slipped just wide.

Moments later, Cestor again saved the day, Clarke’s brief hesitation letting the ever-dangerous Barnes-Homer in.

A minute later a visitors’ break came to nothing and Macc broke again, a cross falling kindly to Waide Fairhurst, whose header was just wide.

As the game continued to flow, Liam Hogan cleared at one end while Goddard was denied by Taylor 's fine save and a Payne volley was just off target at the other.

Murtagh seemed to struggle to make an impact against his former side and was replaced by Giuseppe Sole on 71 minutes.

In one promising Cards raid, the home team was left in a panic and Taylor dallied under pressure, a defender clearing off the line in the confusion.

The hosts continued to break swiftly, but again Cestor was there with a perfectly-timed tackle to stop Moke advance on goal.

Goddard tracked back to clear the next home raid, while no one could reach a Barnes-Homer cross and Woking were saved again.

The game was still perfectly poised, with the referee unmoved amid home shouts for a penalty as the Silkmen streamed forward and a player went to ground.

Woking countered, Arthur and Goddard in the vanguard, but pretty soon the hammer blow came, a swift raid only partly cleared and the ball falling to Turnbull, who found the net from distance with the help of a deflection.

Cestor had to deny Barnes-Homer once more as Macc looked to finish their visitors off on the break, Sole and Jones struggling to find an opening and the Cards getting no closer from there.

Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor, Andy Halls, Scott Barrow, George Pilkington, Paul Turnbull (c), Chris Holroyd (Arthur Gnahoua 72), Waide Fairhurst (Denny Johnstone 80), Adriano Moke, Danny Whittaker, Matthew Barnes-Homer, Liam Hogan

Unused subs: Alex Grant, Will Bailey, Ritchie Brannigan

Cautions: Pilkington, Fairhurst

Woking: Ross Worner, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney (c), James Clarke (Adam Newton 85), Josh Payne, Keiran Murtagh (Giuseppe Sole 81), Kevin Betsy, Joey Jones, John Goddard (Jack Marriott 90), Dean Morgan, Chris Arthur

Unused subs: Scott Rendell, Andy Little

Attendance: 1,383

My MOTM: Mike Cestor was in fine form in the Woking defence, keeping Adriano Moke and Matthew Barnes-Homer under wraps at key stages.
Macclesfield Town LINEUP
WOKING LINEUP
30Ross Worner
6James Clarke ('84)
32Chris Arthur
5Joe McNerney
3Mike Cestor
21Joey Jones
7Josh Payne
8Keiran Murtagh ('71)
22John Goddard ('91)
11Kevin Betsy
24Dean Morgan
BENCH
31Andy Little
2Adam Newton ('84)
10Giuseppe Sole ('71)
9Scott Rendell
16Jack Marriott ('91)

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