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MACCLESFIELD TOWN PREVIEW

Posted: Fri 10 Feb 2017
Author: Patrick Tinkler
Image by: Pinnacle

See you soon for our 3pm kick-off

LAST time at Plainmoor the Gulls ran out 3-1 winners against Gateshead and were heading to Bromley buoyed by claiming three points. The Gulls did most things right against the Raverns and had multiple penalty claims turned down. They have a chance to bounce back against Macclesfield at Plainmoor on Saturday.

The Silkmen arrive in Devon buoyed by three new signings they have made in recent weeks. Luke Summerfield, Andy Haworth, and Connor Jennings have bolstered the squad at Moss Rose going into Saturday’s fixture.

United’s new additions to the 1st team squad were busy in training today but forward Ruairi Keating has yet to receive international clearance. Defender Myles Anderson is available for selection after completing his move from Barrow. Striker Shaun Harrad will once again be absent from the matchday squad on compassionate grounds.

Winger David Fitzpatrick enters the last game of this loan spell and will be returning to AFC Wimbledon after Saturday’s match. You can read more on his time at the club here.

Player-manager Kevin Nicholson is pleased to add Anderson to his squad. The Gaffer sees the well-travelled defender bringing some much-needed know-how to his defence.

“What we have got is some really, really talented players that just need that extra bit of guidance on the pitch. That’s why he’s coming in, that’s what his remit will be, to guide these young lads and to keep them calm when the pressure is on them,” said Kevin.

With the Silkmen in the hunt for the play-offs, the Gaffer knows that Macclesfield will be a stern test, especially considering the way they play their football.

“They’re a good side,” said Nicholson.

“They are full of movement; they are quick.

“We played them at their place and I’ve played them a few times and sometimes it is like they are the Blue Arrows – running all over the place. [Danny] Whitaker in the middle has been doing it for a little while now. There is a bit of experience throughout the team with [George] Pilkington at the back. They’ve just signed some very, very high quality signings in Jennings and Haworth and they’re obviously having a go bringing in players like that; I’m sure it wasn’t cheap.

“It is going to be a test, just like Gateshead was a test. I’m sure they are going to fancy their chances and it is going to have to be something that we stand up to and impose our will, impose our physicality, and then impose our football on them.”

Torquay United Vs Macclesfield Town | 11/02/17 | 3pm Kick-Off

Torquay United Football Club

Plainmoor

Torquay

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