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23 March 2019 Macclesfield Town v Stevenage League 2

 

Macclesfield's Moss Rose ground is a world away from the world's major football stadiums. 

Sol Campbell represented England at World Cups and European Championships & played in many of the greatest venues,

Since November 2018 he has been coach of Macclesfield and is primarily tasked with trying to keep the Silkmen in Football League 2.

On a bright March day, his team took on Stevenage before some 1800 fans.

While his opposite number Dino Maamria was voluble and animated on the touchline Sol restricted his instructions to guiding his players into the correct position.

His big moment of elation came when his team scored an added-time equaliser.

And it was a moment that must have given him satisfaction as it was his substitute Danny Whitaker whose turn and right foot shot caused the celebrations.

Before that, it seemed the home sides inability to convert a couple of gilt-edged first chances had severely damaged their hopes

Macclesfield did eventually go ahead but the visitors quickly replied from a set play.

And a re-invigorated Stevenage (presumably given some choice words by the Tunisian Maamria at half-time) started to dominate the second period.

An early goal by Dan Newton gave them what seemed like a winning lead.

Until Sol brought on Whitaker and he delivered what could be a very important leveller.

Whether it will keep Macclesfield in the division is marginal as you would expect many more tight matches for them until the season ends.

Time will tell if Sol Campbell can perform minor miracles at Moss Rose and then go on to coach at a higher-ranked club.

It feels like a very tough challenge.

 

report & analysis - John Bethell


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