Askey’s men build up head of steam
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.
● 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