Macc shine in seven heaven
MACCLESFIELD ............ 7 CONGLETON .................. 1
MACCLESFIELD Town ended their pre-season campaign in perfect style after picking up an emphatic win over Congleton Town.
Two goals from Kristian Dennis along with strikes from Danny Whitaker, Danny Whitehead, James Poole, John Marsden and Theo Bailey-Jones helped the Silkmen run out winners.
The game started off in worrying fashion for Macc when Danny Rowe went down injured, before Curtis Haynes-Brown also required treatment for the home side.
Rowe managed to continue, but Haynes-Brown wasn’t so lucky, as he was stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Dan Cowan.
It was Cowan who created the first opportunity on nine minutes, with his good work on the right allowing Whitaker to run free in the box, but his effort was well saved by Congleton goalkeeper Andrew Farrimond.
The Silkmen continued their bright start and on 15 minutes they went close again when Tony Diange’s cross was met by Dennis, but his fierce effort cannoned back off the post.
Macclesfield finally made the breakthrough on 27 minutes when Chris Holroyd crossed for Dennis in the box.
The striker saw his first effort saved, but he was quickly on hand to prod home the rebound and give the Silkmen the lead.
Rowe and Dennis each tried to grab a second, but it was the visitors who went closest to scoring as the half went on.
They could have levelled on two occasions, first through Andy Alston who headed wide before Richard Bayley saw a powerful drive well saved as the Silkmen went into the break with a narrow 1-0 lead.
Manager John Askey made one change at the interval with Ritchie Branagan coming on, but it was action at the other end at the start of the secondhalf as Dennis bagged his second of the afternoon.
Diange found space on the left before finding an unmarked Dennis in the centre to head the ball home and double his side’s lead.
Askey made his second change of the game following that goal, introducing Bailey-Jones for the impressive Rowe, and it was Bailey-Jones who had a key role in making it 3-0.
His initial effort was well-saved, only for Whitaker to slot home into an empty net after the ball fell into his path.
Whitaker and Dennis were then replaced by Marsden and Poole, and it was Poole who made it 4-0 when his stunning freekick flew past a helpless Farrimond and into the back of the net.
The Silkmen quickly added a fifth as more good work from Poole saw him find Bailey-Jones in the box and he scored to increase the lead.
Despite the heavy deficit, Congleton kept pressing for a consolation goal, and it finally arrived when Scott McGowan prodded home from close range after the home side failed to clear a corner.
Macc quickly restored their five-goal advantage when Marsden got in on the act with a goal of his own, before Whitehead rounded off the victory with a long-range effort to make it 7-1.
●● Danny Whitaker scored Macclesfield’s third goal in the 7-1 victory over Congleton Town