Macc shot down af­ter bright start

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing de­feat af­ter giv­ing away a two-goal lead, as Lin­coln pow­ered back to take all three points at the Sin­cil Bank Sta­dium.

Two early goals by Kris­tian Dennis and Paul Lewis were al­most im­me­di­ately wiped out af­ter 20 min­utes as Lin­coln were 3-2 up in the 26th minute, be­fore scor­ing twice more.

The Silk­men took the lead in the third minute af­ter a free-kick from Paul Turnbull on the right-hand side was met by Dennis who was free in the box and put it past Paul Far­man.

Just a few min­utes later it was 2-0 af­ter another cross from Turnbull was headed home by Lewis to dou­ble the lead.

Lin­coln soon pulled one back though when Liam Hearn got on the end of a cor­ner to score his first goal of the evening.

It was a fast en­er­getic start to the game and Macc nearly scored again when Dennis got on the end of a Chris Hol­royd pass but he could only steer his shot wide.

Sh­wan Jalal made a great save in the 20th minute when Chris Bush stood over a free-kick from 25-yards out but the goal­keeper man­aged to tip it on to the post and Pilk­ing­ton was on hand to clear.

Lin­coln were back on level terms in the 24th minute though when Hearn won the ball in the box and smashed it into the top cor­ner leav­ing Jalal with no chance.

The turn­around was then com­plete two min­utes later when Matt Rhead climbed well to head the ball into the net and put his team in front for the first time in the game.

In the sec­ond half Macc came out look­ing to amend the re­sult and con­tro­ver­sially in the 46th minute, Jack Samp­son had an ef­fort ruled out for off­side.

But then it was Lin­coln who added to their tally when Rhead bought down the ball and fired home to get their fourth goal.

There was a pause in the game in the 68th minute when goal­keeper Jalal took a knock to the face and was stretchered off, re­placed by Ritchie Brana­gan.

Things then got worse in the 72nd minute when Lin­coln scored their fifth as Hearn com­pleted his hat-trick af­ter latch­ing onto a back pass from Paul Turnbull.

Mac­cles­field had the fi­nal say though as Dennis pulled one back deep into stop­page time to make the fi­nal score 5-3.

●● Kris­tian Dennis

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