MACCLESFIELD Town picked up their first three points of the National League season with an eye-catching performance against Welling United.
Danny Whitaker bagged the first goal of the game after a blunder from the Welling goalkeeper, before Kristian Dennis added a second after a clever piece of play from Jack Sampson.
Substitute Sahr Kabba snatched a late goal for the visitors, but it was too late to mount a comeback for the Wings.
Macclesfield began on the front foot, nearly breaking through on goal after a Michael Chambers slip, however Whitaker was too late to pounce on the opportunity.
The first effort on goal came through Dennis after seven minutes had gone. Paul Turnbull lofted a perfectly weighted chip through ball, however Dennis’ header was saved comfortably by Millwall loanee Tom King.
Dennis was through on goal just five minutes later after a delicate flick from striker Sampson, but the Wings defenders forced him wide and the chance was squandered.
Silkmen keeper Shwan Jalal was then tested twice in quick succession. Sam Corne’s deflected cross was punched clear of the danger zone, whilst George Porter’s stinging long range strike was tipped over the bar.
With 23 minutes gone, Whitaker was gifted a golden chance after King lost control of the ball in his own area. The midfielder rounded the keeper and slotted home into an empty net to give Macc a deserved 1-0 lead.
The home crowd had plenty to cheer about as both Dennis and Paul Lewis pushed forward for a second goal, however their efforts missed the target and half-time came to a close with the score at 1-0.
Dennis treated the fans to a rapid start to the second half when he made it 2-0 just after the interval.
Chris Holroyd delivered a pin-point cross to Sampson, who’s lay-off fell kindly to the oncoming Dennis, who thundered the ball home for a second goal of the game.
Macc maintained the majority of the possession for the next 20 minutes, yet chances were few and far between. That was until Cowan swung the ball into Sampson, who yet again used great strength to set-up the midfield runners, but this time it was Whitaker’s low drive that flew wide.
After 70 minutes, Askey’s men were moving through the gears with ease whilst Welling became frustrated with the momentum of the game. A reckless challenge on Lewis saw substitute Harry Lee booked, yet the Silkmen remained calm on the ball.
Dennis gave away a cheap free kick with 81 minutes gone, but Jalal was equal to Xavier Vidal’s dipping hit from the set piece and the Macc defence were able to clear the rebounding ball into safety.
The Wings were struggling to find an opening for a late consolation goal, but a lapse of concentration let Kabba breakthrough and slide the ball under Jalal.
Despite failing to keep a clean sheet, Macclesfield held on to earn themselves their first win of the season in a hard fought 2-1 victory.
Jalal, Cowan, Byrne, Lewis, Diagne, Pilkington, Whitaker, Turnbull, Holroyd, Sampson, Dennis. Substitutes: Branagan, Rowe, Boyle, Whitehead, Marsden
●● Chris Holroyd
●● Danny Whitaker opened the scoring against Welling at the Moss Rose on Saturday
●● Kristian Dennis