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Match Report: Macclesfield Town 0-2 Grimsby Town

Town secure first win of the season

11 August 2018

TEN-man Grimsby Town picked up their first win of the season as they beat newly-promoted Macclesfield Town at the Moss Rose.

The Mariners took the lead through Jordan Cook's first goal for the club just before the half-hour but went on to lose Mitch Rose to a straight red card.

The home side pressed for an equaliser but Town held firm at the back and went on to secure the victory their performance had deserved when substitute Charles Vernam grabbed a second goal.

One change was made to the Grimsby starting XI after the 4-1 opening day defeat by Forest Green Rovers, with Jake Hessenthaler coming in for Harry Clifton.

James McKeown started in goal, with Harry Davis, Alex Whitmore, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon forming a back four.

Hessenthaler, Rose and John Welsh were the midfielders, with Martyn Woolford and JJ Hooper lining up either side of Cook in attack.

Clifton was given a place on the bench, where Ahkeem Rose was also selected along with Louis Robles, Vernam, Max Wright, Reece Hall-Johnson and Sam Russell.

Macclesfield were playing their first home game since promotion from the National League after six years out of the top four divisions.

They would look to the likes of Koby Arthur and Harry Smith to create danger, with veteran midfielder Danny Whitaker another to watch in the Silkmen's side.

Town won the first corner of the game on five minutes after a cross from Hooper at the end of a good forward move.  The ball from the flag eventually came to Collins but it was then cleared for a throw-in.

A cross from Hessenthaler then fell for Woolford but his far-post header drifted across the face of goal.

Another Town corner led to a shot from Collins being cleared off the line, before the ball was sent back in but the offside flag went up.

At the other end, an effort from Whitaker was blocked by Whitmore on the edge of the penalty area, then a Dixon cross for Town failed to find a team-mate and the ball rolled away from danger.

Woolford beat two defenders in Grimsby's next attack but his shot came off Cook and went away from goal.

A long throw from Rose on 26 minutes was headed clear, before Rose hit the post and Cook was denied secons later when his shot was blocked on the line by Jamie Grimes.

The Mariners had created the better chances so far and they eventually made one count when they opened the scoring on 29 minutes.  COOK was the man on the scoresheet, letting fly from outside the box to beat home keeper Rhys Taylor and find the top corner of the net.

The hosts responded well to going behind and a diving header from Whitmore was needed to deal with a cross by Jared Hodgkiss.

Another cross was turned behind for a corner by Davis but the resulting delivery from Whitaker was headed away by Hessenthaler.

Hessenthaler beat Arthur down the left and worked the space for a cross but nobody could get on the end of it.  Town kept possession though and Cook went close with a shot which was clawed away for a corner by Taylor.

Good hold-up play by Cook led to a shooting opportunity for Hessenthaler on 42 minutes but he fired off-target.

One added minute was played at the end of the half and with no further chances for either side, it remained 1-0 to the Mariners at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Hessenthaler had Town's first chance of the second half as he cut in from the left but saw his shot caught by Taylor.

The home side won a corner on 54 minutes but the delivery into the box was headed clear by Collins, before a follow-up ball went out for a goal kick.

Rose headed over the bar after Dixon's cross at the other end, before another Macclesfield attack led to Smith heading wide from Arthur's cross.

A double substitution for the hosts on the hour saw Scott Wilson and Malachi Napa replace Tyrone Marsh and Callum Maycock.

Soon afterwards, the Mariners were reduced to 10 men when Rose was shown a straight red card for a mistimed challenge on Arthur.

A shot from Wilson was blocked before fellow substitute Napa fired wide as Macclesfield continued their search for an equaliser.

A corner came for the home side on 73 minutes but it was dealt with by the Town defence, with David Fitzpatrick's follow-up ball into the box going through to McKeown.

The keeper was called into action when Hodgkiss sent a low cross over but McKeown stopped it at his near post.

Hessenthaler did well to keep possession for the away side before Woolford took advantage of a defensive mistake but could not make it count as he sent the ball across goal.

Whitmore then did well to make a block for a corner from Smith after the ball had been sent into the Grimsby six-yard box.  From the flag, McKeown made a save from a close-range effort before Arthur fired over the bar.

Nathan Blisssett had replaced Hodgkiss before the corner, with Vernam coming on for Cook in the red of the Mariners afterwards, with six minutes left to play.

Another home corner came on 86 minutes but was headed away, before Whitaker's cross was also headed away by Collins.

A shot from Wilson was saved by McKeown and another corner was taken quickly, with the pressure on the Town defence eventually relieved when Welsh was fouled.

The hosts had been pushing for a leveller but the Mariners made the points safe with a second goal a minute from time.  VERNAM did well to win the ball from Grimes near the corner flag before cutting in and beating Taylor from a narrow angle.

Six added minutes were played before Town and their travelling supporters were able to celebrate an excellent result.

The Mariners are next in action on Tuesday when Rochdale visit Blundell Park in the first round of the Carabao Cup.


12 Rhys Taylor 
2 Jared Hodgkiss (C) 
3 David Fitzpatrick 
6 Jamie Grimes 
5 Fiacre Kelleher
18 Callum Maycock 
22 Koby Arthur 
24 Michael Rose 
23 Danny Whitaker 
10 Harry Smith 
8 Tyrone Marsh


25 Luke Simpson 
4 Keith Lowe 
14 Miles Welch-Hayes 
11 Ryan Lloyd 
13 Nathan Blissett 
16 Malachi Napa 
9 Scott Wilson 


1 James McKeown 
24 Harry Davis 
3 Paul Dixon 
6 Danny Collins 
25 Alex Whitmore 
8 Mitch Rose MF
4 John Welsh (C) 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
16 Martyn Woolford
11 Jordan Cook 
9 JJ Hooper


23 Sam Russell 
12 Reece Hall-Johnson 
15 Harry Clifton 
20 Max Wright 
14 Louis Robles 
21 Ahkeem Rose 
18 Charles Vernam

Referee:Oliver Langford

Attendance: 2,589, (852)

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Travelling To Macclesfield? Read This Before You Do

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's trip to Moss Rose.

10 August 2018

Grimsby Town play their first away fixture of the Sky Bet League Two 2018-19 season this Saturday (3pm) as they face Macclesfield Town at The Moss Rose.

Michael Jolley’s side will be looking to get off the mark in the league following last weekend’s 4-1 home defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

But Mark Yates’s side – who were crowned National League champions last season – will also be looking to get points off the board, after their 3-2 away loss at Swindon Town.

If you’re travelling to The Moss Rose this weekend, we’ve compiled a fact file of everything you need to know ahead of Town’s clash with the Silkmen.


The Moss Rose

Capacity: 6,355

Address: London Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7SP

Telephone: 01625 264686

Pitch size: 100m x 60m

Club nickname: The Silkmen

Year ground opened: 1891 

All remaining tickets for our first away game of the season at Macclesfield Town on Saturday 11th August are now on general sale.

Tickets are priced as follows:


Adult - £22
Senior (65+) - £17
Under 25 - £12
Under 18 - £6
Under 12 - £3


Adult - £15
Senior (65+) - £12
Under 25 - £12
Under 18 - £6
Under 12 - £3

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01472 605050, visiting or by visiting the Blundell Park ticket office. Please note that a 50p administration fee will be charged per ticket when ordering online or via telephone. Tickets will be available on the day at The Moss Rose also. 

Where to eat and drink

The closest other pub to the ground is the Golden Lion, which is just under a 10-minute walk from the turnstiles and welcomes both home and away fans.

The ground is a good way away from the centre of Macclesfield and isn’t particularly close to many other pubs or eateries, but the Keith Alexander Bar in the ground serves hot and cold drinks and snacks to home and away fans.

Celebrity watch

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham, and radio presenter Geoff Lloyd all hail from these parts.

How to get there

Directions (postcode: SK11 7SP)

By road:

From the South

Leave the M6 at Junction 17 and turn onto the A534 towards Congleton. On reaching Congleton town centre follow the signs for A54 Buxton. Stay on the A54 for around 5 miles and then turn left on to the A523 towards Macclesfield. You will see the ground on your left after entering the outskirts of Macclesfield.

From the North

Leave the M6 at Junction 18 and take the A54 towards Congleton. On reaching Congleton town centre follow the signs for A54 Buxton. Then as South.

By train:

Macclesfield railway station is just 1.2 miles away from The Moss Rose.


There is street parking around and behind the ground, and on the A523.

Town kit

Shirts: Red
Shorts: Red
Socks: Black

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