Leader Preview: Macclesfield (a)

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.

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To describe our record against Macclesfield as feast then famine would be a massive understatement as we’ve followed a run of terrific success over The Silkmen with a horribly extended sequence of failure.

Hector Sam scored the only goal of the game when we met at Moss Rose in August 2002, and in doing so he secured our ninth consecutive win over Macclesfield, which as you might imagine is our best run of results against them.

However, it also marked the end of our domination of this fixture. Since then we’ve played them ten times but failed to win. In fact, we’ve lost six of those matches, so Town have pulled level with us as we’ve both enjoyed eleven wins when we’ve clashed.

The all or nothing theme continues when you look at our record at Moss Rose. We’ve been there thirteen times, but there’s yet to be a draw as Macc have won eight and we’ve triumphed in the other five.

Since Sam’s winner we’ve been to Macclesfield four times and lost each one. The losses seem oddly symmetrical, with two drab 2-0 losses and two remarkably dramatic 3-2 defeats.

We need to make sure we put The Silkmen to bed when we’re on top because both times we’ve come up the wrong side of a five goal thriller we’ve taken a 2-0 lead but still managed to lose!

In March 2006 Sam Williams and Andy Holt hit the net for us, but shortly before the break the home team were offered a path back into the game when Holt scored for them too! We were made to pay in the second half as we conceded twice in the last quarter of an hour to suffer our first loss in Macclesfield in one hundred and thirteen years!

If you think that sounds bad, we managed to find an even more remarkable way to throw a two goal lead away two seasons later. In October 2007 Chris Llewellyn and Michael Proctor put us two up midway through the first half and we still held a 2-1 lead going into injury time despite being down to ten men following a controversial red card for Robbie Garrett. However, Macc struck twice in added time, the winner coming from a mishit cross which went in off the post.

If you believe in omens then prepare yourself for a memorable time tomorrow, because the trip to Macclesfield is being made on an auspicious weekend in Wrexham’s history. Sunday will be the 130th anniversary of our biggest ever win, and The Silkmen should be warned that it was an away match to boot!

We travelled to Corwen for a Welsh Cup first round match in 1883 and came away with a 12-0 win. As the goals were shared around, one player got four, another got three and there were three players called Davies and two named Jones on the scoresheet!

There’s one milestone to report as Jay Harris makes his one hundred and fiftieth appearance for Wrexham tomorrow.

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