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Kieron Curtis


MACCLESFIELD .............. 2 DART­FORD....................... 0

IN the words of the Moss Rose faith­ful, Macclesfield’s play-off dream was ‘Saved by Lee Bell’ who opened the scor­ing in Satur­day’s 2-0 victory over Dart­ford.

But they also had to thank Rhys Tay­lor for an early penalty save which kept Dart­ford at bay.

The three points leave the Silk­men in sixth place on 77 points, one point be­hind For­est Green in fifth, and two be­hind Eastleigh in fourth.

Su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ences for both those sides means a draw at Torquay on Satur­day is highly un­likely to be enough for Macc to reach fifth, and even if they do win, they could still fin­ish sixth if For­est Green win and Eastleigh draw.

John Askey made two changes to the start­ing eleven which went down 3-1 to For­est Green, with Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton and Danny Rowe called up in place of Dan Cowan and Jack Samp­son.

Town started the brighter of the two sides, with their first chance on goal com­ing in the fifth minute.

Bell’s de­fence split­ting pass fell to the left foot of Rowe, whose touch sent the ball goal­ward but just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Dart­ford then broke up the pitch and de­spite hav­ing op­tions both left and right, mid­fielder Ebrima Adams shot from range with the ball float­ing wide of Rhys Tay­lor’s net.

The Darts were pre­sented with an­other op­por­tu­nity to open the scor­ing on nine min­utes when Macc skip­per, Paul Turn­bull, was ad­judged to have fouled Andy Pugh from six yards.

For­tu­nately for the cap­tain, Rhys Tay­lor was on hand to pro­duce a fabu- lous dou­ble save from penalty taker El­liott Brad­brook. Tay­lor saved low to his right be­fore a re­flex save de­nied Brad­brook’s sec­ond at­tempt, with the ball go­ing be­hind for a cor­ner.

The Silk­men quickly re­grouped from the scare and took con­trol of the game, play­ing neat, pass­ing foot­ball.

Be­ing de­prived of pos­ses­sion clearly frus­trated the al­ready rel­e­gated Darts and re­sulted in a clear foul be­ing com­mit­ted on Barnes-Homer 30 yards from goal.

Paul Turn­bull lined up the free kick, aim­ing low, but his driven ef­fort was cleared away.

Macclesfield did break the dead­lock just a minute later fol­low­ing a long throw into the area from the right cor­ner of the pitch.

Grant launched the ball into the area and fol­low­ing an at­tempted clear­ance it fell to Lee Bell on the edge of the box.

Simon Pendrigh

●● Macclesfield play­ers congratulate Rhys Tay­lor fol­low­ing his early penalty save

Simon Pendrigh

●● Chris Hol­royd fends off a chal­lenge

Simon Pendrigh

●● Scott Barrow clips a cross into the Dart­ford area

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