New sign­ing helps Macc to vic­tory over Hat­ters

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SAM BYRNE

KRIS­TIAN Dennis con­demned his own side to a de­feat when he scored for Mac­cles­field Town to help them run out win­ners at the Moss Rose against Stock­port County.

Dennis is on a sea­son­long loan at the Silk­men from his par­ent club Stock­port, and his first-half strike helped his new side pick up the vic­tory.

Chris Hol­royd got Mac­cles­field’s sec­ond just af­ter the in­ter­val be­fore Char­lie Rus­sell bagged a con­so­la­tion for the visi­tors late on.

The Silk­men in­cluded four for­mer Hat­ters in their squad – with Dennis, Danny White­head, Paul Turnbull and Danny Rowe all part of the side.

County boss Neil Young handed de­buts to new sign­ings Lewis Mon­trose and Jor­dan Thorni­ley, while Lamin Col­ley also fea­tured in the start­ing XI.

Sefton Gon­za­les and Kay Ode­jayi dropped to the bench, while Sean O’Han­lon missed out en­tirely.

It didn’t take long be­fore Dennis was caus­ing prob­lems against County, test­ing Danny Hurst with a low drive that forced a good save out of the goal­keeper.

At the other end, Joe Garvin shot wide from out­side the home area, be­fore Abs Bag­gie drilled an ef­fort just be­yond the left post from well over 30 yards out.

Theo Bai­ley-Jones was the next to threaten County’s de­fence, fir­ing a dan­ger­ous cross into the box that Gareth Roberts even­tu­ally man­aged to clear.

Dennis went close on two fur­ther oc­ca­sions, head­ing a Dan Cowan long-ball over the bar, be­fore then test­ing Hurst once more with another spec­u­la­tive ef­fort.

The 25-year-old even­tu­ally got his goal though, re­act­ing quick­est to a Stock­port de­fen­sive stay alert. A cor­ner was back to haunt County as er­ror, be­fore round­ing the headed wide by Gon­za­les, the Silk­men soon dou­bled goal­keeper and scor­ing but the striker then turned their lead against the run from close range. provider, cross­ing from of play when Hol­royd

His 44th minute strike the right to Garvin, who smashed an ef­fort past proved to be the last looped an ef­fort just Hurst from the edge of the sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion of the box.be­yondthe­bar. half, with his goal hand­ing Stock­port thought they Mac­cles­field changed Mac­cles­field a 1-0 lead at had lev­elled things up their goal­keeper on the the break. when the ex-Clitheroe hour mark with Richie

Gon­za­les and Ode­jayi man had the ball in the Brana­gan com­ing off the joined the ac­tion as the back of the net, but the bench, and he was soon sec­ond half got un­der­way, lines­man had his off­side called into ac­tion to deny with both men forc­ing the flag up. Glenn Rule. Mac­cles­field de­fence to That de­ci­sion came Karl Led­sham then had the ball in the Mac­cles­field net for a sec­ond time, but once again it was ruled out for off­side.

County con­tin­ued to en­joy more of the pos­ses­sion but strug­gled to make their chances count, with Mark Lees slic­ing a shot across the face of goal.

Their hard work was fi­nally re­warded just over five min­utes from time when Rus­sell get his team on the score­sheet.

Hurst’s long kick up the pitch even­tu­ally found its way to Ode­jayi, whose headed knock-down was blasted home by the left foot of Rus­sell.

The re­main­ing chances in the game fell to the Hat­ters as they went in search of a late equaliser, but Mac­cles­field man­aged to hold on for the win.

“The gaffer said early doors that it wasn’t about the re­sults but as you do come to­wards the end of pre-sea­son then it is nice to get that win­ning feel­ing.

“We’ve had a good few weeks so far and it’s been good to get as many min­utes as pos­si­ble. We don’t have a big squad so it’s all about try­ing to keep ev­ery­one in­jury-free.

“There are a few play­ers still to come back from in­jury but the lads that played against Stock­port all per­formed well.”

Hol­royd has been with the Silk­men since 2013, mak­ing 70 ap­pear­ances and scor­ing 14 goals.

While he would set him­self tar­gets in the past, he in­sists his main pri­or­ity has now changed.

“I used to care about how many goals I would score but I don’t try to worry about it too much any­more,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously it is pleas­ing to get as many goals as I can but I’m fo­cused on con­tribut­ing for the team as much as I can.”

Mike Petch

●● Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s pre-sea­son win against Stock­port County

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