Town Vs Macclesfield FC Match Preview

05 Aug 2022 in News

Town Vs Macclesfield FC Match Preview Town Vs Macclesfield FC Match Preview

The FA Cup is back with a bang as Town travel to Macclesfield FC for the first preliminary round of the competition.


Town were knocked out by 1874 Northwich in the Preliminary Round last season, and will be looking to go a bit further this time around. However, they are not naive to the test that Macclesfield FC will be for them. After winning the NWCFL last season, Macclesfield showed their experience and quality throughout the season, but were still unable to get the better of Town at their home turf, where Town left the Stadium as 4-2 winners back in January. This turned out to be the Silkmen’s only defeat at home all season. Macclesfield have since moved to a day time model and strengthened in depth too.


Assistant Manager, Dan Whiteside, reacts to the FA Cup draw by stating,


“Obviously there aren’t many more challenging games in the qualifying round than a side that work on a day time model, but we are delighted to be part of another huge game for this football club and the travelling fans. We go there with the belief that we can hold our own and with the players we have we are confident we can get ourselves into the next round!”


Confidence going into this game is key for Town. A convincing win last Saturday in their first game of the season, against Irlam FC, will give the club a boost knowing that they are coming into this game on the back of a win, and the fact they are experienced winners at this venue.


Town have already made it clear that they believe their side has improved to the previous campaign, and after speaking to James Kinsey’s right hand man, he expresses his excitement to face one of the two club’s who gained promotion last season.


“Macclesfield are a great club, they have really raised the bar again this year. They’ve gone to the day time model and have brought in a fantastic calibre of player. So this will be a real test. But likewise we have added some real quality to the squad and the lads we have retained have come back fitter and stronger. It’ll be a great occasion at a brilliant stadium in-front of a huge crowd, where I’m sure we will have a few hundred following fans. Our lads will be ready and we know we are the underdogs, but who knows what can happen! History shows we don’t do too badly when we are up against it.”


Whiteside clearly does not underestimate Saturday’s opponents but is still expecting Town to put up a real fight against a tough side. At the same time, he makes it obvious that Town have added quality to their side and the players who have remained at the club have improved since last season. This could hold them in good stead for this upcoming fixture despite Macclesfield’s impressive signings.


The famous FA Cup is held in such high regard and it is true privilege to be able to play in the competition. For Wythenshawe Town particularly, it is important to keep up their high standards, which they regularly set themselves, and bring their top quality performances into this competitive tournament, as well as the brilliant attitude the players and managers possess.


“The FA cup is a historic competition and to be part of it is special at any stage of the competition. We are realistic to how far a club at step 5 can go in this competition, but every game we go into, we go into it to win, and Saturday will be no different. Expectations and standards of what we do won’t change, whether that’s the league, the league Cup, the FA Vase or the FA cup. Our expectations remain the same.”


Even though Town are delighted to be in this globally renowned competition, they are aware of the difficulty of each stage if they manage to overcome the obstacles of this game. It is because of this that Whiteside does not believe Town can set goals or targets for this competition.


“I don’t think you can set targets in this competition as a non league club. Every game we play we go to win and in the early rounds we will be full of confidence that we can do that. But realistically it’s not a competition that any non league side is going to win. So for us it’s a case of giving the best account of ourselves and enjoying the experiences.”


It is fair to say that this game is a big event for Wythenshawe Town as a club but perhaps more so as a fan base. This fixture brought the club together more than ever last season. The match wasn’t only just a Town win, it was also a catalyst for the success of the second half of last season, even though their unbeaten run started before this fixture. The game brought the fans much closer to the team and it made a noise around the league stating that Wythenshawe Town were ready to rattle a few cages and climb the ladder to the steady heights of the division.


This Saturday’s game will be massive for our club, so please come to support the lads right until the final whistle! Tickets will be available from the reception at Macclesfield on the day.


🏟 Stadium 

🗓 6th August


🎟 Adult £12 / Concession £9 / U18 £5 / U12 £2



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