Gulls pounce on
THE new season started as the previous one had finished – with a disappointing result down at Torquay.
However, where April’s draw at Plainmoor left little room for optimism, ending the Silkmen’s playoff pursuit, there were positives to be gleaned from Saturday’s loss on the opening day of the campaign.
The away side dominated proceedings in the first half and with sharper finishing in front of goal, the return journey north might have been very different.
As it was, Torquay survived Macc’s periods of pressure and scored the all-important goal 15 minutes after the interval, a scrappy close-range finish from Alex Fisher deciding the outcome of the contest.
The first chance of the game fell to Torquay inside the opening minute when Joe Quigley, on loan from Premier league side Bournemouth, went through on goal only to fire his shot well wide of Macclesfield debutant Shwal Jalal’s goal.
From then on, right up to the interval, it was all Macclesfield.
Danny Whitaker should have put the Silkmen ahead on two occasions. His first effort was dragged wide while his second was stopped smartly by Torquay goalkeeper Fabian Speiss with his legs.
Later on in the half Whitaker had another effort, this time from outside the box, which was deflected over the bar.
Torquay would have been the happier of the two sides at half time despite coming more in to the game as the half progressed, with Maccles- field perhaps feeling like they should have been a couple of goals up at the break.
The second half started with Macclesfield on top again, Tony Diange going closest to opening the scoring for the Silkmen with a header that was pushed wide by Speiss in the Torquay goal.
The introduction of ex Macclesfield player Malachi Lavelle-Moore on 58 minutes proved to be the turning point for the home side. He instantly forced a wonderful save from Jalal after a goalmouth scramble.
It was from the resulting corner, however, that Torquay took the lead.
The ball was whipped in and after the Macclesfield defence failed to clear their lines. The ball fell to Torquay striker Fisher, who swept it into the net from close range.
The goal seemed to deflate Macclesfield while inspiring the home side to kick on and search for a killer second.
They almost got it straight away through Fisher again. LavelleMoore sent in a lovely cross which found Fisher unmarked and he should at least have hit the target.
The travelling Macc fans got a glimpse of their former favourite Waide Fairhurst, who made his Torquay debut with 10 minutes remaining.
It nearly paid off when the ex-Silkman man hit a shot that went just wide after a lovely footballing move.
Torquay saw out the final few minutes with rel-
‘To miss those chances was criminal really, but the main thing is we created them’
ative ease and got all three points leaving Macclesfield to rue their missed chances in the first half.
“The result isn’t what we wanted, I thought in the first half we played really well, we could’ve
●● Danny Whitaker had a couple of chances at Torquay
●● John Askey was pleased with the amount of chances his Macc side created at Torquay on Saturday