This Saturday Volac Park welcomes Macclesfield. With both sides finding themselves at the wrong end of the league, it is a crunch match for both sides.
Macclesfield, the prosperous Cheshire town home of the English sillk industry; of Hovis; and of the beat combos Joy Division and the Macc Lads, sits at the foot of Alderley Edge.
From the East you approach on on of the two passes "The Cat and Fiddle" to Buxton or "The Highwayman" to Chapel le Firth. Both of course named after prominent pubs and both beloved of bikers for the scenery and the long sequence corners. However, because of this both are amongst the most lethal roads in England.
Macclesfield have visited Cambridge on three occasions in National 1. All three games could well be described as the rapier against the bludgeon. Despite the towns mills, the Blood and Sand offered the more free flowing silky skills, while Macclesfield brought a tough pack and hard running centres.
The first in 2010 was the time their coach described the Cambridge team as "playing like schoolboys". Macclesfield were three tries to two up at half time. Unfortunately for him the schoolboys opened up in the second half with five tries to the visitors two.
They made up for it on their next two visits winning each narrowly. But even doing the double over Cambridge was not enough to keep them in National 1 and they were relegated in the same season as Cambridge. Like Cambridge they have regrouped and they won last season comfortably won the Northern League.
The presence of the 16th man does lift the Blood and Sand. So do come down and add your voice.