The Silkmen welcome National League outfit Wrexham to the Moss Rose this evening, as pre-season preparations begin to reach their climax.
It will be the penultimate friendly encounter before Mark Yates takes his side into their first league battle in just under two weeks time - when Macclesfield make the 286 mile round trip to the County Ground.
In our title winning campaign last season, Macc enjoyed a league double over Wrexham. A 1-0 victory away at the Racecourse Ground courtesy of a Noe Baba stunner was followed up with a 4-1 thumping at the Moss Rose, as a Scott Wilson hat-trick sent the Silkmen two points clear at the top of the National League.
Wrexham had promotion ambitions themselves last season, but after the departure of Manager Dean Keates to Walsall in March their form faltered and the club ultimately finished the season outside of the play-off places.
The vacant managerial role left by Keates has been filled by veteran defender Sam Ricketts who joined the club on a two-year contract. It will be Ricketts’ first managerial role, after previously enjoying a coaching post at Wolverhampton Wanderers since his playing retirement.
Wrexham have enjoyed a fairly busy summer transfer window and whilst they have suffered the departures of Sam Wedgbury and Marcus Kelly, the Red Dragons have bolstered their ranks with the addition of Grimsby Town’s Luke Summerfield and Guiseley’s Mike Fondop.
Fondop has been in fine form during pre-season, as the 24-year old made it four goals in four games during Wrexham’s 3-1 defeat to AFC Telford on Saturday.
The visitors have no major injury concerns prior to the game, with captain Shaun Pearson the only doubt as he recovers from a small setback suffered in Wrexham’s tour of Portugal.
With the exception of winger Elliott Durrell who had surgery on a recurring adductor injury last week, Mark Yates should have a full strength squad available for the game and will be encouraged by the performance from his side during the 2-0 defeat to Premier League side Burnley last Friday.
The Silkmen hold a healthy head-to-head record over Wrexham and are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the two sides - a positive omen going into tonight's game.
Ticket prices are as per the below -
Adults - £10.00
Concessions - £5.00
Under 12s - FREE.