Open­ing win

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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.

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

Jalal, Cowan, Byrne, Lewis, Di­agne, Pilk­ing­ton, Whi­taker, Turnbull, Hol­royd, Samp­son, Dennis. Sub­sti­tutes: Brana­gan, Rowe, Boyle, White­head, Mars­den

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Chris Hol­royd

PH­PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

●● Danny Whi­taker opened the scor­ing against Welling at the Moss Rose on Satur­day

●● Kris­tian Dennis

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