Silk­men show steel to break the Iron’s will

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

VA­NARAMA CON­FER­ENCE MACC TOWN .................. 1 BRAIN­TREE TOWN....... 0

CHRIS Hol­royd en­sured Mac­cles­field got their first open­ing-day win in a decade, net­ting the only goal against Brain­tree.

Boss John Askey could only name four sub­sti­tutes for the cur­tain-raiser but they proved their met­tle to break the Iron.

Brain­tree put their late ar­rival – due to hor­ren­dous queues on the M6 – be­hind them to make the early run­ning.

The home team had their own prob­lems to con­tend with though, with regis­tra­tion is­sues pre­vent­ing Malachi LavelleMoore and David Gon­za­lez-Diaz from mak­ing their com­pet­i­tive de­buts.

And de­spite their tar­di­ness Brain­tree made the early run­ning. Thank­fully the Silk­men’s un­tried pair­ing of Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton and Luke Waterfall ex­celled.

But when Macc first threat­ened, they did a whole lot more, with Hol­royd get­ting his and the Silk­men’s ac­count up and run­ning on 15 min­utes.

Paul Turn­bull’s dip­ping, curl­ing free kick to the back post was turned back across the face of goal by Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton, giv­ing Hol­royd the sim­plest of fin­ishes from a yard.

The vis­i­tors seemed to lose their way af­ter that and, although Macc were com­fort­able there was lit­tle by way of gen­uine goalscor­ing chances at the other end, a Waide Fairhurst shot, dragged wide of the near post, aside.

The Iron did come within a whisker of lev­el­ling just be­fore the break, with set-pieces – that now­fa­mil­iar bone of con­tention with Askey – cre­at­ing panic in the Macc box.

Firstly Matt Paine’s header was turned be­hind by a blue-clad pack, and when the sec­ond cor­ner was bounc­ing around the area, Remy Cler­ima looked to have found the net with his snap-shot. But Rhys Tay­lor re­acted well to get a strong palm to it and Scott Bar­row hacked away to safety.

The sec­ond half brought more of the same, with some ner­vous moments for the Silk­men to with­stand, not least Dan Sparkes’ blast from a free kick on the edge of the box, and Jor­dan Cox com­ing ag­o­nis­ingly close to turn­ing in a cross from for­mer Macc for­ward Michael Bakare.

And ref­eree Ryan John­son should have given Macc the chance to seal vic­tory from the penalty spot when Hol­royd was felled by Cler­ima but, per­haps in­flu­enced by the need to dis­miss Cler­ima he de­cided that Hol­royd had fouled him sec­onds ear­lier.

It made no dif­fer­ence. Macc were good value for a win that gave the cam­paign a bril­liant boost.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Paul Lewis and Chris Hol­royd cel­e­brate af­ter the Macc lad net­ted against Brain­tree to get the Silk­men’s sea­son off to a win­ning start

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