Silk­men all out of luck at Hayes Lane

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town were un­for­tu­nate to leave Hayes Lane empty handed, af­ter a sin­gle Ben May strike was enough to earn Brom­ley all three points.

Both sides bat­tled hard in the end-to-end af­fair, how­ever John Askey’s Mac­cles­field out­fit were made to re­gret their missed chances through­out the game.

Kris­tian Dennis had the lion’s share of the op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Silk­men, but the in-form striker was un­able to get the trav­el­ling team on the score sheet.

Nei­ther side could take con­trol of the tempo in the early ex­changes, yet it was clear that Brom­ley for­ward Alex Wall was keen to put on a phys­i­cal dis­play in front of the home fans.

Mac­cles­field were look­ing dan­ger­ous in the op­po­si­tion half when­ever Dennis made a run in be­hind the de­fence, how­ever the back four were alert enough to catch him off­side time af­ter time.

The first sight of a goalscor­ing chance fell to Macc in the 11th minute when Danny Rowe clipped a ball into Chris Hol­royd at the back post, but the midfielder’s strike was de­flected away and Danny White­head’s fol­low up was cleared for a cor­ner.

Brom­ley’s Paul Rodgers put a scare into the Silk­men as he drove into space on the right hand side. Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton tracked his run all the way and man­aged to de­flect the shot just past the far post.

It was then Rowe who whipped in a cor­ner to Di­agne on the edge of the box and the left back smashed the ball across the six yard box, forc­ing the keeper to pull off a dou­ble save with his feet as Dennis met the ball at the near post.

A Golden chance for Wall then went beg­ging as Sh­wan Jalal was un­able to gather the ball in the box and Gold­berg snatched pos­ses­sion. He found Wall, how­ever the tar­get man could only guide the ball over the bar.

The tempo of the game be­came very un­set­tled for the fi­nal 10 min­utes of the half, as nei­ther at­tack­ing line were able to carve out any mean­ing­ful chances, and half time came with the score at 0-0.

De­spite a chance to re­com­pose at the break, the slow pace con­tin­ued for the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half, with both teams still lack­ing a spark in their move­ment.

With 56 min­utes played, a dou­ble chance came Mac­cles­field’s way. First it was Rowe who de­liv­ered a cor­ner into Paul Lewis at the near post, who man­aged to get the slight­est touch to send the ball goal bound, only for the de­fence to clear it off the line.

Pos­ses­sion then bounced out to White­head, but his de­flected strike was headed away. The mo­men­tum con­tin­ued in the Silk­men’s favour as Dennis, White­head and Rowe all looked dan­ger­ous on the counter at­tack, yet the end prod­uct still al­luded them at the vi­tal mo­ment.

Dennis then had a fan­tas­tic chance to put the visi­tors ahead with a di­rect free kick from 25 yards out, but he couldn’t beat the wall.

Brom­ley then sprung into a counter at­tack with a five on two ad­van­tage, how­ever Andy Halls re­cov­ered well and cleared for a cor­ner.

The Ravens had Macc pinned back and they man­aged to make the most of a rare sec­ond half chance, and it was sub­sti­tute May who net­ted for Brom­ley.

The ball was fizzed into the for­ward at the near post, and he left Jalal with no chance as he fired in a half volley on the turn.

Askey looked for a way back into the game by bring­ing on Jack Samp­son and Theo Bai­ley-Jones, but the Silk­men’s pass­ing in the fi­nal third was still break­ing down at the key mo­ments.

Bai­ley-Jones was lively for the re­main­ing min­utes, be­fore Dennis wasted a glo­ri­ous chance to go level in stop­page time as he could only find the side net­ting with his left foot.

The match fin­ished 1-0, end­ing a run of two con­sec­u­tive wins for Mac­cles­field.

Roland Ellery

●● Macc ap­ply pres­sure from an early cor­ner in the week­end’s game at Brom­ley

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