Exeter vs Macclesfield preview
Last Updated: 02/08/19 12:10pm
Gary Warren is a fitness doubt for Exeter's League Two season-opener against Macclesfield.
The 34-year-old summer recruit from Yeovil has picked up a hamstring strain and may not be ready for his competitive bow at St James Park.
New arrivals Alex Fisher and Tom Parkes could come into the equation, however. Manager Matt Taylor is looking to include 20-year-old forward Ben Seymour and 18-year-old full-back Jack Sparkes this term.
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Theo Archibald could make a swift debut for Macclesfield having joined in midweek from Brentford. The 21-year-old former Celtic youth star is ready to get going for Sol Campbell's men.
Fleetwood loan defender Eddie Clarke will be in the mix to feature too, with ex-Kidderminster centre back Fraser Horsfall also available. Former Port Vale defender Theo Vassell has been handed the number six shirt, indicating his importance in Campbell's planning.
This will be the fifteenth league meeting between Exeter and Macclesfield, with each of the clashes coming in the fourth tier. The Grecians have won four, whilst the Silkmen have won five of the previous 14 meetings (five draws).
Macclesfield have only lost on one of their previous seven visits to Exeter (W3 D3), winning 1-0 at St. James' Park in November last season thanks to a Harry Smith winner.
Exeter have lost just one of their last six opening day fixtures (W4 D1), a 0-2 defeat against Blackpool in August 2016.
Macclesfield have won just one of their last 13 opening day fixtures in the Football League (D5 L7), a 3-1 victory against Leyton Orient back in August 2004 - the Silkmen had to wait until MD14 last season for their first league victory of the campaign last term, which also ended their 36-game winless run in the Football League.
Macclesfield Town won 16 points from losing positions last season, with 11 of those points being won after Sol Campbell's appointment as manager in late November 2018, which earnt them a 22nd place finish and secured their EFL safety by three points.