Macclesfield Town v Dartford


Dartford will participate in their first ever league match against Macclesfield Town on Saturday.

The Darts last played the Silkmen in their F.A Trophy run to the semi finals back in 1989. After a goaless draw at Watling Street the second leg ended 4-1 to Macclesfield Town, who went on to lose to Telford United in the final.

Fifteen years earlier the two clubs met at exactly the same stage in the same competition and it was Dartford who went on to reach Wembley. Dartford took a 2-1 lead into the return home leg and held the Cheshire club to a goaless draw to triumph on aggregate. The Darts went on to finish runners up losing out to Morecambe.

Dartford will travel to the Moss Rose Ground after a 3-2 opening day defeat to Tamworth and a 1-0 reverse at Woking. Defensive errors were punished in the opener but the back four tightened up on Tuesday night losing out to an unfortunate penalty decision.

After a disastrous 2012, Macclesfield Town are in the process of rebuilding. Steve King has taken over the reigns and a new squad including Matthew Barnes-Homer, Charlie Henry, Craig Braham-Barrett and Kieran Murtagh has been reconstructed. Over a squad worth of players were released in the summer as the Silkmen start afresh.

The former league club were relegated last season finishing at the bottom of the football league and without a win in 2012. An opening day defeat continued the trend against fellow relegated side Hereford United. The first television match of the season ended with the Silkmen unable to take a point in a 2-1 defeat. In the first half Chris Carruthers put the Bulls in front but a second half penalty scored by Barnes-Homer levelled the match. Hereford United went on to win when Marlon Johnson grabbed the decisive goal.

On Tuesday night the Cheshire club completed their first three point haul since New Years Eve by beating Wrexham. Goals from Waide Fairhurst and Arnaud Mendy as well as a clean sheet earned the Silkmen a 2-0 victory.

Team News

Dartford’s play-off hero Lee Noble was dismissed for a second caution against Woking and will be suspended. Louis Wells picked up a groin strain despite his outstanding performance and so his fitness will be tested.

Steve King should have a full squad to choose from after new signings Jack Mackreth and Junior Yiadom-Konadu returned to training.

Did you know…

The Darts are one of four clubs in the Conference Premier without a point so far. New boys Nuneaton Town, Mansfield Town and Dartford’s next opponents at home Kidderminster Harriers are the other three teams.

During Macclesfield Town’s football league years their 24 game streak without a league victory was their worst run.

14 years ago the Silkmen were up against last season’s champions of England, Manchester City in the third tier of English football. Over the last five years, whilst Dartford have progressed Macclesfield Town have stagnated.


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