Revenge win provides real winter warmer
COLD weather saw all but one game called off for Macclesfield but fortunately Knutsford’s pitch was declared safe to play by mid-afternoon.
So Macc made the short journey to play their local rivals in their first game after the Christmas break.
Earlier in the season Macc had lost 3-0 at home and were in real need of some points.
The first half consisted of end-to-end action with both sides having opportunities but Knutsford looking the more likely to score.
Hearts were in mouths a few times as the ball pinged around the Macclesfield circle but they came to nothing as shots went wide or were dealt with by goalkeeper JeanClaude Satin.
And just before half-time, against the run of play, Macc hit on a counter-attack with Brian Boardman finding himself at the top of the D, slipping in Ash Wild for a close-range shot.
It was initially saved but the block dropped back to him to tap in for the opener and a half-time lead.
The second half saw the tables turn with Macc pushing to extend their lead.
As Knutsford searched for an equaliser, Macc hit again with a quick attack seeing Adam Allmond-Smith slip in the second from close range.
With the Macc defence tightening up against an ever-tiring Knutsford, the attackers could range forward with Pete Youds finding Ben Smith in behind the defence to round the keeper and hit home their third.
There was a clean sheet and the man-ofthe-match award for Satin but the important three points set Macclesfield up for the new year in style.