Silk­men slip thanks to late goals

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MAC­CLES­FIELD saw vic­tory slip from of their fin­gers af­ter con­ced­ing two late goals at home to Ch­ester.

Danny White­head had put Macc in front as he grabbed his first goal for the Silk­men on his full de­but and it looked as though it would be enough for vic­tory.

How­ever, strikes from Tom Peers and Craig Hob­son in the clos­ing stages en­abled Ch­ester to snatch a win.

Ch­ester be­gan the game on the front foot, with Johnny Hunt re­ceiv­ing a re­verse pass to re­lease him in be­hind Andy Halls, but his cross could only flash past Ritchie Brana­gan and the at­tack­ers.

Jor­dan Chap­pell then squan­dered two great chances for the away side, drag­ging his first ef­fort past the far post, be­fore Brana­gan pro­duced a fine save from a half-volley.

With 11 min­utes gone, Kris­tian Dennis was the first Macc player to test the Seals’ de­fence. Neat work from Danny Rowe and Danny Whi­taker freed up Dennis on the left, but he shot into the side net­ting.

Rowe was then on hand to threaten Jon Worsnop in the Ch­ester goal, how­ever he blasted over from 20 yards, be­fore glanc­ing a header just wide of the post min­utes later.

Nei­ther side were able to gain a foothold in the game in the open­ing 25 min­utes. Whi­taker forced Worsnop into a de­cent save, whilst Craig Hob­son was us­ing his strength at the other end to cre­ate chances.

Mac­cles­field fell straight into their groove af­ter the break, with Rowe look­ing dan­ger­ous and Whi­taker in con­trol in mid­field.

Their ef­forts were re­warded when the home side scored in the 53rd minute.

The ball even­tu­ally found its way to White­head af­ter good work from Jack Samp­son, and he drib­bled past one de­fender be­fore guid­ing the ball into the bot­tom left hand cor­ner.

The away side then tried to push for an equaliser. Rowe han­dled the ball and a free-kick was awarded 20 yards out. John Rooney stepped up to take it but his strike was headed off the line by Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton.

Ten­sion was ris­ing and with 72 min­utes gone the ball fell kindly to Ge­orge Thom­son at the back post. His close range shot looked to be go­ing in but Neill Byrne was on hand to clear the ball off the line again.

As the game moved into stop­page time, it ap­peared as though Mac­cles­field would hold out for the vic­tory.

How­ever, Ch­ester grabbed an equaliser as Rooney lofted a free kick into the box and sub­sti­tute Peers was first to re­act at the back post to level the game.

Then in the dy­ing sec­onds, Hob­son gath­ered pos­ses­sion on the edge of the box and guided a low shot into the bot­tom right hand cor­ner with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the match.

The fi­nal whis­tle blew to con­demn Mac­cles­field to de­feat and leave them re­gret­ting their missed chances.

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