With Southwell’s expected, continued absence affecting Trinity’s effectiveness in front of goal, Trinity will be hopeful for a change in fortunes on Saturday. Javelle Clarke is eligible to play in the game, his suspension taking seven days to kick in, meaning he misses our home game with Guiseley, next Tuesday evening. And two further games following our unsuccessful appeal. Following the exciting wingers’ first red card of his career, he is determined to immediately set about putting things right, as he exclusively told @AATM_Media for the Gainsborough Trinity website, “Firstly, I’d like to apologise to the fans for the red card against Ilkeston. Although I feel it was a harsh red card, it changed the game and I’d like to apologise for this.”
“I want to put things right for my manager, team mates and the fans by putting in a top performance this weekend. I want my actions to speak louder than my words, so I’ll keep it short and show this to you this weekend by putting in a performance you are all proud of.”
Macclesfield have started the season with two wins from two, and sit third in the early season table. A 2-0 win away from home on the opening day away at Brasford Park Avenue, was followed up with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night against Matlock at the Leasing.com Stadium. Five different scorers on the mark for the Silkmen show our hosts have multiple goal threats and it will take a monumental effort to halt the juggernaut.
A huge crowd were in attendance on Tuesday night, with 3,250 watching on – and with he potential for even more on Saturday, there is a real feeling of a David vs Goliath type battle. Our hosts, reportedly broke their transfer records this year. James Berry departing for Chesterfield, and Luke Duffy arriving from Warrington Town, the NPL Champions, for record fees.
Added to the capture of Duffy, the Silkmen also boast amongst their ranks the impressive Luke Murphy (the former Crewe, Leeds United & Bolton Wanderers midfielder) and Jon Nolan, who lists Shrewsbury & Ipswich Towm amongst his former clubs.
Coupled with the pedigree of Alex Curran, the expensively assembled side, put together by manager Mark Duffy, certainly boasts some serious talent, that will be the acid test for Bish’s boys.
The Silkmen have advised that the fixture is all ticket for visiting supporters, and they have directed us to their online portal for the purchase of tickets, which can be accessed by clicking the link here.
Please take care when purchasing your ticket, to ensure you select the option for away supporters. We hope that as many people can make the trip to Cheshire to support Bish and the boys, as they go all out to put smiles on the faces of the Trinity Faithful!
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The potential game of the day sees two unbeaten sides come up against each other. Marine (4 points) play host to Whitby Town (six points). Marine drawing on opening day with the Holy Blues, before blowing FC United of Manchester away in midweek at the MTA. Bradford Park Avenue, Stafford Rangers and Marske are all looking for their first points of the campaign, with Marske travelling to Ashton United, Bradford Park Avenue on the road to last season’s Play-Off Runners Up, Bamber Bridge and Stafford Rangers looking forward to a bumper crowd, with the visit of FC United of Manchester to Marston Road.
Ashton United vs Marske United
Atherton Collieries vs Warrington Rylands
Bamber Bridge vs Bradford Park Avenue
Guiseley AFC vs Basford United
Ilkeston Town vs Workington AFC
Marine vs Whitby Town
Morpeth Town vs Matlock Town
Radcliffe vs Hyde United
Stafford Rangers vs FC United of Manchester
Worksop Town vs Lancaster City
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)