Kris­tian strikes

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE JOSH KINGSTON

MAC­CLES­FIELD stunned Grimsby Town by snatch­ing a win at Blun­dell Park thanks to a brace from striker Kris­tian Dennis.

A tap-in just mo­ments be­fore the half-time break and a glo­ri­ous sec­ond half strike proved to be the dif­fer­ence in a ‘smash-and­grab’ vic­tory for John Askey’s team.

There were two de­lays to the kick off and it was a re­flec­tion on the game as both sides’ were slow com­ing out of the blocks.

It was a tim­ing er­ror from Grimsby goal­keeper James McKe­own that gave Mac­cles­field their first sight of goal.

The for­mer Sheffield Wed­nes­day keeper dal­lied in pos­ses­sion and was al­most pun­ished by Dennis who charged him down and knocked the ball away, but un­for­tu­nately for the striker he wasn’t able to di­rect his at­tempt goal­wards.

A mis­take at the other end then cost the Mariners the lead. Midfielder Matt Robin­son carved out the op­por­tu­nity with a search­ing pass that split the Mac­cles­field de­fence.

Jalal scram­bled the ball away from Padriag Ar­mond, but it fell to Omar Bogle, but with the goal at his mercy he stum­bled and failed to ap­ply the fin­ish.

It was then Bogle’s striker part­ner Ar­mond who was curs­ing his luck in-front of goal. He fired over af­ter an op­por­tu­nity had pre­sented it­self to him in the box af­ter good play from Mar­cus Mar­shall.

Grimsby con­tin­ued to pile on the pres­sure and saw at­tempts from Mar­shall and Jack Mack­reth both marginally miss the tar­get.

The Silk­men cre­ated an open­ing of their own in added time at the end of the first half and they made the hosts pay for their lack­lus­tre fin­ish­ing.

Kris­tian Dennis rounded off a great team move, tap­ping home Danny Whit­taker’s shot at goal to pun­ish James McKe­own, who failed to clear Andy Hall’s tempt­ing cross.

In the sec­ond half Mac­cles­field were res­o­lute at the back and showed in­cred­i­ble fight­ing spirit to deny con­stant on­slaughts from the hosts.

Jalal was the first to per­form hero­ics when he de­nied for­mer More­combe man Ar­mond who had found him­self bear­ing down on goal.

In the 68th minute Dennis was then the hero at the other end as he smashed in his sec­ond goal, hit­ting a shot that swerved in­side the left hand post af­ter a lay-off from Danny Rowe.

Mac­cles­field had their backs to the wall dur­ing the clos­ing stages, and af­ter prob­ing Grimsby play Bogle played through Mack­reth who looked cer­tain to pull one back, but an ex­cep­tional slid­ing chal­lenge from Tony Di­agne saw that Askey and his team held on to their

‘In the sec­ond half Mac­cles­field were res­o­lute at the back and showed spirit’

two-goal ad­van­tage.

The vic­tory ends Macc’s run of three straight defeats and leaves them 16th in the Na­tional League Ta­ble head­ing into this week­end’s game against Wok­ing.

Si­mon Pendrigh

●● Danny Rowe laid the ball to Kris­tian Dennis be­fore the striker’s won­der goal against Grimsby Town

Michael Ri­p­ley

●● Danny Whi­taker’s shot at goal was turned in by Kris­tian Dennis for the first goal

●● Kris­tian Dennis

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