Askey pleased by Bees sting

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

MAC­CLES­FIELD in­flicted a first away de­feat on league lead­ers Bar­net, thanks to Scott Bar­row and Chris Hol­royd.

After a stale­mate in the first 45 min­utes the game ex­ploded into life with Bar­row’s scin­til­lat­ing long-range goal, a lead im­proved by Chris Hol­royd’s fin­ish on 65 min­utes.

Nei­ther side had taken ad­van­tage of the few open­ings that came their way in the first half, which saw the un­marked Sam Hoskins loft over from 12 yards for Bar­net and Macc’s Waide Fairhurst de­nied by a ter­rific one­handed block at close range by Bees’ keeper Gra­ham Stack.

Paul Lewis, who hit Macc’s first goal in Satur- day’s draw with For­est Green, tried his luck with an ac­ro­batic ef­fort from the edge of the area but Stack was again well placed to make a far less tax­ing stop.

Shortly be­fore half-time John Akinde had the ball in Rhys Tay­lor’s goal but was flagged off­side, a judge­ment that will have re­lieved Lewis and Will Hain­ing, who’d con­trived to gift pos­ses­sion to Cur­tis We­ston.

But Bar­row (left) scored a won­der­ful goal – his first for Macc – on 50 min­utes. Mo­ments after he’d nar­rowly cleared the bar from dis­tance the left-back leapt on the chance to try again when Paul Turn- bull’s free kick was cleared to him, and struck un­err­ingly into the top cor­ner from 30 yards.

It got even bet­ter for Macc when lo­cal lad Hol­royd dou­bled the lead. He mist­imed his header from Fairhurst’s free-kick into the box but the ball skid­ded off his back and into the goal, with Stack wrong­footed.

Akinde fi­nally scored a le­gal goal to give Bar­net hope with 13 min­utes to go, ris­ing to head in at a cor­ner. That sparked a fren­zied as­sault on Rhys Tay­lor’s goal by the Bees but Macc sur­vived to keep up their fine home record. JOHN Askey was in no doubt that the win over Bar­net was a very good night for Mac­cles­field.

The Silk­men wel­comed the Con­fer­ence pace­set­ters to the Moss Rose – where Macc have yet to taste de­feat this term – but sent them away emp­ty­handed after in­flict­ing a first away loss of the sea­son on the Bees.

A goal­less first half was fol­lowed by Scott Bar­row thump­ing a stun­ner to put Macc ahead five min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

And Chris Hol­royd turned in Waide Fairhurst’s free kick to ex­tend the lead. John Akinde pulled one back late on, spark­ing a des­per­ate as­sault on Rhys Tay­lor’s goal by Bar­net but Askey’s men held out. And the boss is cer­tain the con­fi­dence gained from see­ing off the ta­ble-top­pers is ev­ery bit as im­por­tant as the three points gained.

“I’m de­lighted, to say the least. It’s re­ally pleas­ing and if we can beat the top-of-the-league team then that’ll give them con­fi­dence and the belief that we can beat any­body, but like I keep say­ing, if we can beat any­body then any­body can also beat us,” said Askey, never one to get too car­ried away by one re­sult.

“We’ll en­joy this win but move on straight away. Every­body’s gone away tonight re­ally pleased, it’s been a very good night.

“I’d imag­ine Al­trin­cham and Ch­ester will be won­der­ing how they beat us after this re­sult, teams are go­ing to be com­ing here to face us, a team that’s not been beaten here, and they’ll be wary of us.”

Macc’s miserly de­fence was at it again and, although they couldn’t hold out for a sev­enth clean sheet, Luke Wa­ter­fall and George Pilk­ing­ton were dom­i­nant in the cen­tre of de­fence and the full­backs found their own way of catch­ing the man­ager’s eye. Be­hind them goal­keeper Tay­lor showed no ill-ef­fects from his er­ror at the week­end and was back to his bril­liant best.

Askey’s also full of praise for the night’s goalscor­ers, who he says de­serve a slice of per­sonal glory for their toils, and also sin­gled out youth prod­uct Dan Cowan, who filled in ad­mirably for the sus­pended Andy Halls at right-back.

“You don’t see many bet­ter goals than Scott’s, if he has scored a bet­ter one I’d like to see it,” con­tin­ued Askey, who’ll surely have had fewer prouder days in his 100-plus games as man­ager. “He tries do­ing that in train­ing but most of them end up the other side of the goal! He’d lined him­self up for that a few min­utes ear­lier but that first one wasn’t close, was it?

“I was re­ally pleased for Chris too, he’s worked re­ally hard play­ing out of po­si­tion. It’s as needs must, he puts a shift in ev­ery game and it was great to see him score, as it was Scott. It’s good to see them get the re­wards for how they’ve been play­ing.

“I was re­ally pleased for Rhys to bounce back so well after Satur­day. He’s showed great character and he made one or two re­ally good saves.

“But if I had to name somebody tonight it would be Dan Cowan. He’s not played much this sea­son and I thought he showed a lot of com­po­sure, he de­fended well and he’s only 18.

“I’m so pleased for him to do so well.”

●● George Pilk­ing­ton in the thick of the ac­tion against Bar­net at the Moss Rose

●● Scott Bar­row cel­e­brates his stun­ning strike

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