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It's now getting seriously concerning at Meadow Lane as Notts County have now slipped six points from safety after losing 1-0 to Cambridge United on Saturday.
Despite a bumper crowd at the San Sirrel and an opponent in the lower reaches of League Two, the Magpies once again failed to put up a good enough fight, and a record of four wins from 28 games has relegation written all over it.
Notts weren't at the races for much of the first half, although Kristian Dennis came close to opening the scoring with a shot on the turn from Elliott Hewitt's delivery midway through.
However, they fell behind on 41 minutes when Greg Taylor rose to meet George Maris’s corner at the back post and headed across goal beyond the reach of debutant goalkeeper Ryan Schofield.
Neal Ardley's side threatened on the stroke of half time, though, when Jim O’Brien’s long-range effort was tipped around the post by U's stopper David Forde.
The best chance for the hosts came in the second half when Dennis connected with Cedric Evina's delivery but the ball rolled right across the goalline, and that was pretty much it as Colin Calderwood's side held out for the win.
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Notts have met Cambridge 30 times in their history.
Notts: 11
Draw: 8
Cambridge: 11
Notts’ 3-2 defeat in the second game of the 2018/19 season means that they have lost 6 of their last 8 games against Cambridge.
Stats
Notts have only one win in their last 15 games, drawing six and losing eight.
Cambridge have not won away since October, but new manager Colin Calderwood has boosted their chances of avoiding relegation with two recent home wins against Crawley and Stevenage.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Prem): 0
Division Two (or Champ): 8
Division Three (or League 1): 9
Division Four (or League 2): 22
Non-League: 9
Elected to Football League in 1970
Head to head stats and where they rank
Goals Scored: Notts – 29 (joint 16th with Swindon and Grimsby), Cambridge – 24 (23rd)
Goals conceded: Notts – 56 (1st), Cambridge – 47 (2nd)
Top scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead (7), Cambridge – Jevani Brown (5)
Most appearances: Notts - Ross Fitzsimons (27), Cambridge – George Maris (26)
Team News
Notts have new signings Ryan Schofield and Jim O’Brien available for this weekends crunch clash with Cambridge. Fellow new recruit Ben Barclay will look to retain his place in the starting line-up after making his debut against Colchester.
Enzio Boldewijn has returned to training ahead of schedule but will be nursed back slowly from his injury that he picked up at the end of November.
Lewis Alessandra started in Notts’ reserve match earlier this week against Doncaster and was on the bench against Colchester as he looks to return from injury.
Kane Hemmings and Elliott Hewitt may be doubts for the game.
Reggie Lambe, who has 4 goals this season for Cambridge, could be doubtful for Saturday’s game. As could central midfielder Liam O’Neil.
New signing Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will be available for the game after signing on loan from Aston Villa.
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As of Thursday afternoon, Notts County have made several moves in the transfer market as well as a contract update.
First up is winger Terry Hawkridge being released from his Magpies contract so he could pursue an opportunity with another club.
No team has been mentioned as of 3pm but Neal Ardley said he's being pursued by a few clubs, so best of luck to him.
Then is the loan signing of 19-year-old Huddersfield goalkeeper Ryan Schofield, was England’s number one when they won the 2017 Toulon Tournament.
And the third update is that defender Cedric Evina has extended his contact at Meadow Lane until the end of the season.
The full-back's deal was set to expire this month but he will now remain with Notts until at least the summer, at which point hopefully there will be another League Two season in store.
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Neal Ardley has spoken of how Notts County were going in for a player but just before the signing could be completed, it turned out he would be out for six weeks.
The Magpies boss also elaborated on other players who could be coming in, with one decision seemingly close and others in the pipeline.
Ardley was speaking after Saturday's 3-3 draw with Colchester, a good performance that was still beset by defensive issues and yielded one point despite Notts being 3-1 up.
“We had an offer in for a player which was agreed and all ready to go, but he had a little niggle and was told it might be seven to 10 days,” he told the Nottingham Post.
“But then we find out he has got a fracture in his foot and he is out for six weeks.
“That was a blow because that one was done and dusted. Until they have signed on the line, and pulling the shirt on you can’t ever be sure.
“But we have another offer in for a player that we hope will be in next week. I will be disappointed if he isn’t.
“There are another couple of players who have gone away to make decisions on what we’ve put to them and hopefully they will be positive ones.”
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Not the best way to start a new year, but then again 99% of this season has been a complete flop for Notts County so really, why expect things to change?
The Magpies, buoyed by their performance against Bury last time out, took to the Oldham pitch with the same starting XI and things were initially promising in the League Two New Year's Day clash at Boundary Park.
Following some good pressing from the visitors, Cedric Evina weighed in with the first opportunity of the game when he fired a first-time effort over the bar.
Pierce Bird, the young defender who was superb against the Shakers, then came so close to the opener when his header was cleared off the line by Gevaro Nepomuceno.
At the other end, Callum Lang tested Ross Fitzsimons with an effort from a tight angle and the Latics began growing into the game as Jordan Lyden crossed from the left for Mohamed Maouche to blast wide.
Just five minutes before the break, Tom Hamer's miscued cross from the right was too heavy and sailed over everyone - but in true Notts 18/19 style, dipped into the far corner of Fitzsimons' net for the hosts' opener.
Things then turned worse minutes after the restart when Johan Branger-Engone delivered a freekick for Captain Peter Clarke to bundle home, and then finished on the sourest note as substitute Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain was sent off for a second yellow card.
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Notts County put in a much-improved performance against Bury in a goalless draw that saw warm applause by the Black & White Army at full time.
Neal Ardley had clearly talked some sense into his ailing players as they were bright from the off, with Rob Milsom going close with heading wide before rifling wide from just outside of the box, while Shaun Brisley also came close.
David Vaughan then smashed the post with a superb effort from long range, while Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett missed gilt-edged opportunities before the break, giving the Notts fans something to smile about - something which hasn't really happened often this season.
In the second half, Bury picked up the pace as Chris Stokes headed just wide, but Notts soon regained the momentum and were given a superb opportunity from the spot when Andy Kellett's cross was handled in the box
Jon Stead, County's top scorer with eight goals this season, took to the spot, but this time, Mr Reliable spurned the opportunity as he shanked his effort way over the bar into the Kop.
Notts did dust themselves off and continued to impress, with Matt Tootle seeing a half-volley palmed away by Bury goalkeeper Joe Murphy, but in the end, the spoils were shared at the San Sirrel, with Notts three adrift of safety.
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Notts County put in a much-improved performance against Bury in a goalless draw that saw warm applause by the Black & White Army at full time.
Neal Ardley had clearly talked some sense into his ailing players as they were bright from the off, with Rob Milsom going close with heading wide before rifling wide from just outside of the box, while Shaun Brisley also came close.
David Vaughan then smashed the post with a superb effort from long range, while Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett missed gilt-edged opportunities before the break, giving the Notts fans something to smile about - something which hasn't really happened often this season.
In the second half, Bury picked up the pace as Chris Stokes headed just wide, but Notts soon regained the momentum and were given a superb opportunity from the spot when Andy Kellett's cross was handled in the box
Jon Stead, County's top scorer with eight goals this season, took to the spot, but this time, Mr Reliable spurned the opportunity as he shanked his effort way over the bar into the Kop.
Notts did dust themselves off and continued to impress, with Matt Tootle seeing a half-volley palmed away by Bury goalkeeper Joe Murphy, but in the end, the spoils were shared at the San Sirrel, with Notts three adrift of safety.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski gives his pre, mid and post-match thoughts on the game in his latest video:
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PON_News
Some pros and some cons at Meadow Lane this afternoon as Notts County failed to beat Bury, with Jon Stead missing a penalty, but put in a much-improved performance that saw warm applause by the Black & White Army at full time.
Neal Ardley had clearly talked some sense into his ailing players as they were bright from the off, with Rob Milsom going close with heading wide before rifling wide from just outside of the box, while Shaun Brisley also came close.
David Vaughan then smashed the post with a superb effort from long range, while Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett missed gilt-edged opportunities before the break, giving the Notts fans something to smile about - something which hasn't really happened often this season.
In the second half, Bury picked up the pace as Chris Stokes headed just wide, but Notts soon regained the momentum and were given a superb opportunity from the spot when Andy Kellett's cross was handled in the box
Stead, County's top scorer with eight goals this season, took to the spot, but this time, Mr Reliable spurned the opportunity as he shanked his effort way over the bar into the Kop.
Notts did dust themselves off and continued to impress, with Matt Tootle seeing a half-volley palmed away by Bury goalkeeper Joe Murphy, but in the end, the spoils were shared at the San Sirrel, with Notts three adrift of safety.
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Notts have met Bury 118 times in their history.
Notts: 43
Draw: 28
Bury: 47
Bury won the reverse fixture 4-0 at Gigg Lane in a match they dominated from start to finish.
It was a result that stopped Notts’ five game unbeaten run. It was this result that started the fall back down the table and eventually led to the sacking of Harry Kewell.
Stats
Notts have won 1 of their last 12 league games (a sequence which started with the 4-0 loss at Bury earlier in the season).
One positive (a rare thing at the moment) is that Notts have scored in both home games Neal Ardley has took charge of.
Whilst their home form has been brilliant with four successive wins at Gigg Lane, Bury have hit a bad patch away from home in which they are winless in three (2-2 vs Cambridge, 4-2 vs Oldham and 2-1 vs Mansfield).
Danger man Danny Mayor has completed the most successful dribbles this season in League Two with 128.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 22
Second Division (or Champ): 39
Third Division (or League 1): 29
Fourth Division (or League 2): 23
Notts vs Bury (head to head stats and where they rank)
Goals scored: Notts – 26 (joined 17th with Yeovil and Morecambe), Bury – 45 (1st)
Goals conceded: Notts – 51 (1st), Bury – 28 (joined 17th with Port Vale)
Top Scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings (7), Bury – Nicky Maynard (9)
Most appearances this season: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (24), Bury – Joe Murphy, Chris Stokes, Adam Thompson (24)
Team News
Enzio Boldewijn and Lewis Alessandra will not be returning until past the new year.
Elliott Hewitt was subbed off with an injury early into Wednesday’s game with Macclesfield and may miss out here.
Keston Davies will be suspended after his late red card against the Silkmen.
Ben Hall is out long term and will probably not make another appearance for Notts this season.
Bury made changes for their game against Mansfield and manager Ryan Lowe may want to change the team again.
Top scorer Nicky Maynard and top assists leader in the league, Nicky Adams were two players who may return to the starting XI.
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Well, it's finally got to that stage - Notts County are bottom of League Two, bottom of the Football League, and bottom of the entire pyramid of professional English football. 92/92. 👏👏
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
Scott Wilson rattled home the opener in the first hald, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half brought a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
Nine minutes from time, however, Wilson once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
Well... despite the performance and result, it was nonetheless good to see the Black & White Army present to show their support.
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Well, it's finally got to that stage.
Notts County are bottom of the Football League.
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
Scott Wilson rattled home the opener in the first hald, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half brought a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
Nine minutes from time, however, Wilson once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
Long-suffering Notts fan ARLukomski, who's experienced far too much footballing misery for such a young man, continues to persevere with his superb vlogs - here's his latest entry.
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Well, it's finally got to that stage. Notts County are bottom of the Football League.
Macclesfield Town, managed by one-time Magpie Sol Campbell, put in a display that overshadowed the hosts at Meadow Lane and claimed a 2-1 win which saw them leapfrog Notts off the foot of League Two.
Frankly, it's the same old story. An overall turgid display, the odd good moment following the equaliser where County looked as though they would go into the lead, only for shoddy defending to prove our downfall.
The Silkmen actually got the ball into the back of the net on 16 minutes, only for some deliberation by the officials to eventually chalk the goal off for offside.
But there wouldn't be any disputes in the 36th minute when Scott Wilson rattled home the opener, making the most of plenty of space to apply a good finish past Ross Fitzsimons.
Against the run of play, the second half did bring a leveller for Neal Ardley's side when good hustling from Jon Stead lead to Keston Davies squaring for Kane Hemmings to drive home.
But it just wouldn't be the Notts class of 2018-19 if they weren't to shoot themselves in the foot, would it?
Wilson, picked out by a teammate, once again had the freedom of the area to sweep the ball into the bottom corner of the net nine minutes from time.
Although the Silkmen saw a man sent off late on, the numerical advantage was chalked off as Davies was then shown a straight red card for firing the ball into an opposition player's face while on the ground.
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Hello and welcome to this midweek PONcast Extra, which will preview Notts County's crucial League Two home meeting with fellow strugglers Macclesfield Town.
The Magpies are 23rd in the table while the Silkmen are bottom of the league, hence the importance of Neal Ardley's side getting a result against one-time (literally) County man Sol Campbell's side.
In addition to the matchday 24 preview, the PON boys also reflect upon the recent match against Grimsby Town - not that you need reminding but it didn't go very well (understatement through gritted teeth).
Also, how could Ardley work with the squad to gain better results? This is another question we look into.
We also speak about our score predictions how the game at the San Sirrel may pan out.
All this and more only in the PONcast Extra: Macclesfield Town Preview.
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Notts have met Macclesfield 17 times in their history.
Notts: 5
Draw: 8
Macclesfield: 4
Notts won the first game between the two this season at Moss Rose. Jon Stead scored a late penalty to give Notts a 1-0 win.
This mean Notts took the lead in the head-to-head record between the sides.
Since that game, both teams have changed managers.
Stats
Whilst Neal Ardley won his first home game in charge against Tranmere, he couldn’t provide back to back wins as Notts’ miserable away form continued last time out when Grimsby ran out 4-0 winners.
Coincidentally, Macclesfield are the only team Notts have beaten away from home this season and that win has kept The Magpies above The Silkmen in the table.
Macclesfield have won 3 of their last 5 games and have moved to within three points of safety.
Sol Campbell has taken four points from a possible 9 in his first three games as manager. In those three games, they have only conceded once.
Notts’ 4-1 win over Morecambe on Boxing Day last year was their first win in a Boxing Day fixture since 2008.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Premier League): 0
Division Two (or Championship): 0
Division Three (or League 1): 1
Division Four (or League 2): 14
Non-League: 37
Notts vs Macclesfield team stats
Goals scored: Notts – 25 (joined 17th with Yeovil and Morecambe), Macclesfield - 18 (24th)
Goals conceded: Notts – 49 (1st), Macclesfield 38 (joint 2nd with Cambridge)
Top scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead (6), Macclesfield - Harry Smith (3)
Most appearances this season: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (23), Macclesfield - David Fitzpatrick (23)
Team News
Enzio Boldewijn, Lewis Alessandra and Ben Hall will still be all out of action for a bit longer. Alessandra may be back at the turn of the year, whilst Boldewijn maybe back by early February.
Matt Tootle may return to the Notts starting line-up. The Magpies have been playing without an out-and-out right-back for a month or so.
Experienced midfielder Danny Whitaker will be assessed ahead of the Boxing Day game. Former Forest Green right-back Jared Hodgkiss may return to the starting line-up after recovering from injury.
Winger Elliott Durrell, who scored an excellent goal in Campbell’s first home game in charge against Crawley, will also be assessed.
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ARLukomski
Notts County will spend Christmas in the bottom two of League Two following their 4-0 hammering at Grimsby Town.
The Mariners got off the mark after just over the three-minute mark, youngster Harry Clifton heading home on the rebound from Harry Cardwell's initial effort
Notts then did enjoy a period of pressure but spurned their opportunities and before the break they fell further behind through Harry Davis, who rose highest to head home.
Michael Jolley's side never looked back as Davis claimed his second and Grimsby's third, while Wes Thomas fired home on the volley to truly ruin the Black & White Army's Christmas.
ARLukomski, the ever-loyal and long-suffering Notts County vlogger, has provided us with a great insight into the game at Blundell Park.
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