Crewe cut down by Waide win­ner

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

PRE-SEA­SON FRIENDLY MACC TOWN .................. 1 CREWE ALEXAN­DRA .. 0

MAC­CLES­FIELD got their first win of the summer pro­gramme, thanks to Waide Fairhurst’s first goal since his lat­est re­turn.

The striker – in his third spell with the Silk­men - fired in af­ter seven min­utes af­ter good work from the im­pres­sive Adri­ano Moke and Matthew Barnes-Homer (right), back at the Moss Rose on trial.

Moke raced past Alex left-back Matt Too­tle and once he’d reached the by­line, pulled back to Barnes-Homer.

The much-trav­elled striker, who hit 21 goals in his sole sea­son as a Silk­man, laid the ball into Fairhurst’s path and he fin­ished clin­i­cally past Alex keeper Ben Gar­ratt.

Crewe’s best chance of the half had al­ready passed by that stage, when Ritchie Branagan – rac­ing out of his area to meet a long ball – mis­judged the flight and bounce and han­dled the ball un­der pres­sure from Mathias Pogba.

Had this been a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture there’s ev­ery chance Branagan (right) would have been tak­ing first use of the show­ers, but ref­eree Joe Simp­son did the keeper – and the crowd – a favour by leav­ing the match at 11 ver­sus 11.

Rather than try a shot at goal from the free kick re­sult­ing from Branagan’s rush of blood, Too­tle knocked it square to An­thony Grant, whose shot was charged down.

A sec­ond Pogba ef­fort cleared Branagan’s bar mid­way through the half, and the keeper – out to im­press af­ter spend­ing last sea­son as Rhys Tay­lor’s un­der­study – twice de­nied Ol­lie Tur­ton when the mid­fielder was try­ing his luck.

Crewe rarely looked like get­ting back on terms in a dis­jointed sec­ond half, although Branagan was called upon to block at the feet of Vaidane Oliver mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter Brad In­man’s de­flected shot fell kindly for the sub­sti­tute.

The win could have been more em­phatic but Josh Amis fired over for Macc late in the day.

Although Cal­lum Saun­ders had an even later chance at the other end to sal­vage a draw for Crewe, he was way off the mark, clear­ing the cross­bar by some dis­tance. MACC: Branagan, Halls, Bar­row, Smith, Pilk­ing­ton, Turn­bull, Moke, Lewis, Barnes-Homer, Gon­za­lez, Fairhurst SUBS: O’Keefe, Rod­ney, Rowe, Di Silva, Storey, Amis, Cowan

Tony Carter

●● Waide Fairhurst net­ted his first goal since re­turn­ing this summer, fir­ing in to give the Silk­men their first win of pre-sea­son

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