Macclesfield Town (A)


By Pete H

Ooh mama, this one’s a biggie; Macclesfield Town on the road and our FIFA 20 Verdict put to work on working out whether we can get a crucial win. We reckon that all our verdicts in the post-lockdown age would now put us on enough points to be within striking distance of the Silkmen. So, three points here could well be the difference between getting off the foot of the table – and not. Let’s hope we’re switched on and focused until the very end, eh?


FIFA 20 Verdict: Macclesfield Town v Boro’

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This was a game low on quality and high on tension. But then you might well expect that – given what’s at stake and tha’. While the match wasn’t much of a spectacle, Boro’ were in confident mood and pinned the hosts back into their half for most of the first half. But our efforts didn’t go rewarded. The few genuine chances that were created were passed up.

It was much of the same in the second half. But, with the clock running down, we got the gift we wanted; Elliott List bursting into the box and being felled for a penalty. Newts kept his nerve to add yet another goal to his recent tally and give us what looked a likely win.


But wait! Eager not to give away cheap fouls on the edge of our box, we (for some reason) took the approach of not making any tackles. Macc worked a chance from not much at all; Arthur Gnahoua getting enough on his strike to beat Paul Farman. We did well not to send the controller across the room. No time to do ‘owt about it. A point is all we got. Gahhhh…

Macclesfield Town – 1 (Gnahoua 90+3)
Stevenage – 1 (Newton pen 84)

Team (4-4-1-1): 
Farman — James-Wildin, Soares, Cuthbert, Leesley — Kemp, Lakin, Dabo, List — Kennedy — Newton

Bastien, Digby, Carter, Parrett (Lakin 73), Nugent, CMS (Kemp 66), Parkhouse (Kennedy 83)


Boro’ MOM:
Newton 8.4 / 10


Stay indoors. Save lives. Let our FIFA 20 Verdict protect our League Two status.