Askey’s men build up head of steam

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MAC­CLES­FIELD se­cured back to back wins in the Na­tional League af­ter an im­pres­sive vic­tory against ri­vals Wok­ing to fol­low up mid-week suc­cess against Grimsby.

Kris­tian Dennis opened the scor­ing for Macc 13 min­utes in af­ter cap­i­tal­is­ing on Jake Cole’s blun­der in the Wok­ing goal.

The lead was then dou­bled in the sec­ond half when de­fender Neil Byrne found him­self in the area, be­fore latch­ing onto a Dennis pass to slot the ball home.

The visi­tors did man­age to pull a goal back with just min­utes re­main­ing as Joey Jones pro­duced a clin­i­cal fi­nesse ef­fort which flew past Sh­wan Jalal.

The Silk­men started off on top and al­most found the break­through three min­utes in when Paul Turnbull’s through ball nearly met Danny Rowe, but Cole was quick off the mark to in­ter­cept just as it looked promis­ing.

Min­utes later Dennis went close to edg­ing Macc ahead, a half-volley from the edge of the area just missed the far post.

Dennis again had a chance to break the dead­lock in the sev­enth minute af­ter get­ting on the end of a Neil Byrne cross, but a fine stop by Cole pre­vented the striker.

The break­through fi­nally came 13 min­utes in when Dennis net­ted to grab his sixth goal of the sea­son.

A han­dling er­ror by Cole al­lowed Dennis to take ad­van­tage by tap­ping into an empty net from in­side the area to give Macc an early lead.

Wok­ing came close to an equaliser 21 min­utes in when a cor­ner found de­fender Terell Thomas but his header scraped over the cross­bar as it had Jalal beat.

Macc nearly dou­bled their lead when ex­cel­lent skill by Paul Lewis just out­side the area saw him flick the ball over the op­po­nents head be­fore fir­ing a volley just over the cross­bar.

Full-back Tony Di­agne then tried his luck on 43 min­utes as he leaped high­est to meet Danny Whi­taker’s cor­ner, but his header was ex­cel­lently saved as it flew to­wards the top cor­ner.

Mac­cles­field went in to the break af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the first half, and they were nearly re­warded in the last sec­onds, but Paul Turnbull’s free-kick just missed the far post leav­ing the Silk­men with a 1-0 lead go­ing into the break.

A stead­ier sec­ond half saw Wok­ing cre­ate a few chances, but just af­ter the hour mark Macc were able to dou­ble their lead.

Pres­sure from a cor­ner al­lowed Dennis to roll the ball to Byrne who con­verted to score his first goal for the club.

Dennis con­tin­ued to look dan­ger­ous for the hosts through­out the sec­ond half, but nu­mer­ous ef­forts were ei­ther fired wide or com­fort­ably saved by Cole.

Wok­ing did man­age to pull a goal back on 86 min­utes when Joey Jones found some space and with­out hes­i­ta­tion ex­e­cuted a bril­liant curl­ing ef­fort into the far cor­ner past Jalal.

That meant it was a nervy fi­nal few mo­ments for Macc, but solid de­fend­ing from the hosts al­lowed them to see out the game to run out 2-1 win­ners and de­servedly earn all three points.

Matt Rat­cliffe

● Mac­cles­field man­ager John Askey watched his ● side make it back to back vic­to­ries in the Va­narama Na­tional League with a 2-1 win against Wok­ing on Satur­day

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