Macclesfield FC Under 19’s A-Team travel to take on Walsall at Banks’ Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as they look to continue their 100% start to the season.
Having been crowned National Cup champions last season, Macclesfield will be keen to get off to the perfect start in the defence of their title against a Walsall side who were held to a 3-3 draw in their opening cup fixture against West Bromwich Albion
With both sides having been out of action for the best part of two months, it would be understandable if there were a few cobwebs to be dusted off early doors, but with 36 goals scored between the two teams in just six games this season, it should certainly be an exciting fixture.
The Silkmen go into this match on the back of the 13-0 demolition of Coventry City back on October 21st, and will be strong favourites on paper against a Saddlers outfit that has done well to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, with two wins and that draw with Albion in their last three outings.
Established in September 2019, the educational side of Walsall’s course is based out of OFSTED rated “Outstanding” Walsall College, and with the football being played in the shadows of the first team stadium, the West Midlands side have a post-16 course to be proud of, with students gaining BTEC Level 3’s in sports coaching upon completion.
Macclesfield coach Paul McGuire is looking forward to getting his team back on the pitch after the lengthy, lockdown induced break.
“It’s great to finally be able to get some football going again both from a sporting aspect, and also from the physical and mental health side of things.
“It can be really frustrating for the lads with all the effort they’ve been putting in during training to not be able to go out on a Wednesday and put that into action but fair play to them, they’ve been excellent throughout everything and I think that we’re in a really good place at the moment to pick up where we left off.
“Obviously having won last season’s CEFA National Cup against Swindon at St George’s Park in September our main goal for this season is to retain that crown and that starts on Wednesday in Walsall.
“It wont be an easy game especially with the game being held on the 4G at an intimidating stadium like the Banks’ but if the lads put in a performance that reflects the work they’ve been putting in on the training pitch at Macclesfield College I’m confident that we can start the defence of our title with a win.”
Kick Off at The Banks’ Stadium is at 13:00.