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Tony Diagne receives a yellow card for dissent.
Short corner taken by Waide Fairhurst.
Ross Draper takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
(Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Lewis Chalmers coming on for Sam Wedgbury.
Ben Tomlinson leaves the field to be replaced by Waide Fairhurst.
Colin Daniel grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 3-1 Northampton.Assist by Ben Tomlinson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, Tony Diagne manages to make a clearance.
(Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Colin Daniel coming on for Matthew Hamshaw.
(Northampton) makes a substitution, with Nathaniel Wedderburn coming on for Jake Robinson. (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Lumbardh Salihu coming on for Lewis Young.
Goal scored by Ben Tomlinson from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 2-1 Northampton.Assist on the goal came from Elliott Hewitt.
Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on George Donnelly. Ashley Westwood is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Sam Wedgbury takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against George Donnelly. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.
Ross Draper takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.
John Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Tremarco. Sam Wedgbury takes the free kick.
The official flags Ben Tomlinson offside. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
Ashley Corker on for Paul Turnbull.
Headed effort from close range by Shaun Brisley goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Michael Jacobs. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Hamshaw.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line, John Johnson manages to make a clearance.
George Donnelly takes a shot. Paul Turnbull gets a block in.
Ross Draper takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.
Sam Wedgbury takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save by Sam Walker.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Hamshaw.
Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save.
Michael Jacobs produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Tony Diagne takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.
Corner taken by Sam Wedgbury, John Johnson takes a shot. Ben Tomlinson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Sam Wedgbury from the right by-line.
Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.
The official flags Carl Tremarco offside. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.
Jake Robinson has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Ben Tomlinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.
Michael Jacobs concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Diagne. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Tony Diagne.
Tony Diagne takes a shot. Blocked by John Johnson.
Ben Tomlinson challenges Ben Tozer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
Foul by Sam Wedgbury on Michael Jacobs, free kick awarded. Michael Jacobs has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Marlon Jackson gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-1 Northampton.Assist on the goal came from Lewis Young.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Nathaniel Brown. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.
Ben Tomlinson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Ben Tomlinson gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-0 Northampton.
Elliott Hewitt takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.
Ben Tomlinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Tozer. Ben Tozer takes the direct free kick.
Tony Diagne takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Jacobs.
Jake Robinson takes a shot. Ben Tomlinson gets a block in.
Corner taken by Sam Wedgbury played to the near post.
Centre by Matthew Hamshaw, clearance by John Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Shaun Brisley. Free kick taken by Sam Wedgbury.
Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Ross Draper, free kick awarded. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.
Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood.
George Donnelly has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Ben Tomlinson. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Adebayo Akinfenwa for handball. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
John Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Shaun Brisley.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line played to the near post, Ashley Westwood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Marlon Jackson by Ross Draper results in a free kick. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.
Tony Diagne concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon Jackson. Sam Walker takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Carl Tremarco, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.
George Donnelly concedes a free kick for a foul on John Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.
Problems for Simpson
Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson again looks set to be without a number of players when his side play host to Northampton.
Paul Morgan faces another two months out after having a plate inserted to help mend his broken arm removed, while Jack Cudworth is also a long way from returning following ankle surgery.
Waide Fairhurst has been nursing an ankle injury but has returned to training and could be fit to play some part at Sixfields.
Tom Fisher is making good progress following his knee ligament injury but is still a couple of weeks from fitness.
Macclesfield held leaders Morecambe to a 1-1 draw in midweek and Simpson said: "I've got a very good squad here and we more than matched the league leaders."
Northampton boss Gary Johnson has a mounting injury list to contend with.
Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (knee), Byron Webster (foot), Andy Holt (collarbone) and Bas Savage (foot) are ruled out, while a late decision will be made on the fitness of Arron Davies (hamstring).
Nick McKoy added to the Cobblers` problems when he was sent off during the 3-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon in midweek.
The midfielder had just served a one-match suspension after receiving a red card against Southend and will now begin a four-match ban following his second dismissal in as many matches.
Striker Marlon Jackson made his full debut against AFC Wimbledon after arriving on loan from Bristol City and looks set to keep his place in the XI.
Hero Tomlinson strikes again
The Macclesfield faithful have found a new hero in goal-scoring sensation Ben Tomlinson who grabbed two more goals to earn the home side three vital points.
Signed from Worksop in the closed season, the 21-year-old livewire has now grabbed five from six starts and was cheered from the pitch.
His opener came in the 36th minute when he pounced on a fluffed clearance from Cobblers' keeper Sam Walker before dancing to the edge of the box and blasting a low drive inside the near post.
However Macclesfield were caught on the break moments before half-time when Lewis Young, watched by his brother Ashley, picked out Marlon Jackson, who scored from 10 yards.
Macclesfield dominated the second half with George Donnelly seeing a rasping drive blocked by Kevin Langmeade before Walker tipped wide a curling shot from Tomlinson.
Tomlinson grabbed the vital second goal in the 83rd minute when he powered home a hip-high volley from the edge of the box.
Tomlinson then turned provider, releasing sub Colin Daniel, who converted with his first touch of the game in the 87th minute.
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