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Josh Parker is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Jose Veiga.
Tyrone Barnett takes a shot. Save by Chris Dunn.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Brown by Josh Parker. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Chalmers.
Effort on goal by Tyrone Barnett from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Leon McKenzie takes a shot. Save made by Jose Veiga.
Vinny Mukendi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Richard Butcher on for Ross Draper.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Parker from the left by-line, clearance made by Lewis Chalmers.
Short corner taken by Billy Mckay.
Sam Wedgbury on for Matthew Hamshaw. Vinny Mukendi is brought on as a substitute for Emile Sinclair.
Steve Guinan replaces Michael Jacobs.
Effort from the edge of the box by Emile Sinclair goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot by Emile Sinclair from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Foul by Hamza Bencherif on Abdul Osman, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ross Draper. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line, Nathaniel Brown scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Macclesfield 2-0 Northampton.Matthew Hamshaw provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from deep inside the area by Nathaniel Brown misses to the right of the goal.
Handball by Leon McKenzie. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Sinclair on Ben Tozer. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Hamza Bencherif. Lewis Chalmers takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Hamshaw, Andrew Holt manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Nathaniel Brown.
Leon McKenzie on for Kevin Thornton.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line.
Matthew Hamshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Jacobs. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
Nathaniel Wedderburn is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Gilligan.
Billy Mckay is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line, John Johnson makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Michael Jacobs.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Tozer on Tyrone Barnett. Lewis Chalmers takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs, Paul Morgan makes a clearance.
Josh Parker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Foul by Josh Parker on Tyrone Barnett, free kick awarded. Jose Veiga restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Brown.
Matthew Hamshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Parker. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Josh Parker is ruled offside. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett by Liam Davis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lewis Chalmers.
Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw, Header from deep inside the area by Nathaniel Brown goes over the bar.
Foul by Emile Sinclair on John Johnson, free kick awarded. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
Colin Daniel concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Parker. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thornton.
Emile Sinclair is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Tyrone Barnett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andrew Holt takes the free kick.
Colin Daniel fouled by Andrew Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis Chalmers takes the direct free kick. The referee cautions Andrew Holt for unsporting behaviour.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Hamshaw, Hamza Bencherif finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-0 Northampton.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Hamshaw.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Gilligan on Tyrone Barnett. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Hamshaw.
The referee blows for offside. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Brown.
Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Tyrone Barnett misses to the left of the target.
Josh Parker fouled by Colin Daniel, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Thornton fouled by Lewis Chalmers, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Gilligan takes the free kick.
Ross Draper concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Gilligan. Andrew Holt takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Hamza Bencherif on Ryan Gilligan, free kick awarded. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Hamshaw, save by Chris Dunn.
Foul by Michael Jacobs on Carl Tremarco, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Veiga.
Carl Tremarco takes a shot. Michael Jacobs gets a block in.
The match gets underway.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Selection worries for Macc
Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson will be without a number of players for the clash against Northampton.
Shaun Brisley, who has been out of action for a month already, has had a scan on his hip problem and will be out for up to four months if he requires surgery to cure the problem.
Izak Reid will also miss out after failing to recover from the groin injury that forced him off at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Crewe in midweek.
Richard Butcher and Paul Bolland have returned to training following lengthy spells on the sidelines with knee and groin injuries respectively.
Young striker Ricky Sappleton is also a doubt to feature in the squad despite spending three weeks in training following a knee injury. The 20-year-old also played 45 minutes for the reserves recently but complained of swelling and is unlikely to be risked.
Northampton boss Ian Sampson is keen to name an unchanged side
Sampson saw his side tire in the closing stages of the 2-1 home defeat to Chesterfield on Tuesday night after a punishing week which saw three games and the penalty shoot-out win at Liverpool.
But the manager is still hopeful of naming an unchanged XI after calling his side's display in the Spireites defeat "excellent".
He said: "Apart from Tadhg Purcell we haven't got any other injuries and ideally I'd like to pick the same side that played on Tuesday.
"The players haven't been doing a lot in training because with the games we've had in the last two weeks it's mainly about their recovery."
Defenders Dean Beckwith (thigh) and Craig Hinton (knee) could both return to training next week while Marcus Hall was back in the squad in midweek after recovering from a knee injury.
Purcell will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in August.
Macc attack too hot for Cobblers
Macclesfield recorded their first home win of the season against a dull Northampton with a 2-0 victory.
Man-of-the-match Matty Hamshaw, returning to the side after injury to Izak Reid, set up both goals with pinpoint corners.
The first after 24 minutes was converted by Hamza Bencherif with a neat cushioned half-volley that slid home at the far post for his second goal since returning from an horrific ankle break.
Hamshaw was again the provider after 70 minutes when centre-back Nat Brown met his deep corner with a powerful downward header for his third of the season.
Resurgent Macc, who have now taken seven points from their last three games, created all the chances with striker Tyrone Barnett heading inches wide in the 10th minute and Ross Draper stabbing a volley past the same upright moments later.
The speedy Emile Sinclair had an appeal for a penalty waved away in the 24th minute as Northampton could muster little but a blast over the bar from Ryan Gilligan.
In the second half Macc were again in control with Bencherif and Barnett going close before Brown sealed the game.
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