“Is this what the future holds?”
Lucifer, British Sea Power (2008)
It’s strange to write a match preview knowing the game in question may never take place, and sad to think how commonplace this might become over the coming years. Now more than ever, the Football League must take responsibility and govern it’s members properly.
Otherwise, it’s the supporters and staff of clubs like Macclesfield who will continue to suffer.
The well documented issues at the club aside, Macclesfield currently sit 15th in League Two, a point and two places above the Saddlers. They enjoyed a steady start to the season under Sol Campbell, who resigned in August, with his replacement Daryl McMahon delivering some mixed results punctuated by becoming one of the divisions’ ‘draw specialists’.
With the backdrop of worsening financial problems at Moss Rose recent form has suffered. The Silkmen were beaten 4-0 at home by Kingstonian in the FA Cup 1st Round and haven’t managed a league win since late October.
Recent League Form
Oct 22 Cheltenham (A) Lost 3-0
Nov 02 Carlisle (A) Lost 2-1
Nov 16 Mansfield (H) Drew 0-0
Nov 23 Salford (A) Drew 0-0
Nov 30 Bradford (H) Drew 1-1
The last meeting between the sides was at Bescot on 28th August 2018, a 3-3 draw in the League Cup Second Round that saw Walsall knocked out on penalties. The visitors were 2-0 up within 25 minutes through Jamie Grimes and Harry Smith before goals from Keiron Morris (33’), Andy Cook (63’) and Josh Gordon ('64) put the Saddlers ahead.
Danny Whittaker’s injury time goal squared it up at the death, and Macc won 3-1 on pens.
Played for Both
Zak Jules joined Macclesfield in January 2018 and helped them to escape relegation from the Football League last season. He signed for Walsall last summer for an undisclosed fee but is unlikely to feature on Saturday amid rumours of a spat with manager Darrell Clarke.
Joining Walsall in July 2016, Theo Vassell was described as ‘one for the future’ by then manager Jon Whitney. Vassell was immediately loaned to Chester and never player a league game for the Saddlers. Following spells at Gateshead and the Burslem Barcelona, Vassell has been a near ever-present for Macclesfield this season.
Pedro Matias began his Football League career with the Silkmen, playing 22 games for them during the 1998-99 season. Following a brief time at Tranmere he was brought to Walsall by Sir Ray Graydon, becoming a much loved figure over five seasons with the club, playing 144 games and scoring 26 goals.
If the game is played, you’d like to think Walsall can build on a recent run of good results with a home win. That said, resilient Macclesfield have drawn three on the bounce and their players will have a point to prove. Low scoring draw, 1-1.
- Walsall Win
- Macclesfield Win