For­est cut down by mag­i­cal Macc

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ASUPERB per­for­mance from Mac­cles­field Town saw them se­cure an em­phatic win over top of the ta­ble For­est Green Rovers.

A brace from Kris­tian Dennis and goals from Paul Lewis and Danny Whi­taker sealed another home win on an ex­cel­lent day for John Askey’s side.

The Silk­men came from be­hind to win the match af­ter Jon Parkin scored on his re­turn to the Moss Rose.

For­est Green were the bet­ter side in the early stages and they went ahead when Parkin broke the dead­lock in­side two min­utes af­ter Keanu Marsh-Brown had the beat­ing of Andy Halls on the left flank.

Macc re­sponded well though and if it was not for a fine save by Jonny Maxted, Lewis would have equalised soon af­ter. A search­ing cross by Halls found the midfielder but his goal-bound ef­fort was tipped over.

Af­ter 14 min­utes, the hosts were level though thanks to a gift from the Rovers keeper. Maxted made tough work of a sim­ple clear­ance as he sliced the ball hor­ri­bly al­low­ing Silk­men top goal scorer Dennis to steal the ball and poke home from a tight an­gle.

As the home side con­tin­ued to grow into the game, a flurry of halfchances fol­lowed the goal, most no­tably fall­ing to Lewis and Whi­taker.

Just past the half-hour mark, Neil Byrne did su­perbly to re­cover and keep the scores level. As Rovers winger Kur­tis Guthrie ran on to a well­weighted through ball, Byrne got back to make a last ditch tackle to keep it at one a piece.

Right on the stroke of half-time, the game took another twist as a deep cor­ner from David Fitz­patrick on his first start found Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton.

His header back across goal reached Lewis on the line and his flick hit the hand of Rob Sin­clair. The ref­eree pointed to the spot and Sin­clair was given his march­ing or­ders. Dennis put the ball down on the spot and he sent Maxted the wrong way to make it 2-1.

Look­ing to make good use of the man ad­van­tage, the Silk­men started the sec­ond-half where they left off and Whi­taker al­most found Dennis with an out swing­ing cross but Dar­ren Jones stepped in to in­ter­vene.

The chances kept com­ing for Macc and another good bit of link-up play be­tween Halls and Lewis fash­ioned another op­por­tu­nity. Halls was again the provider with a teas­ing cross which found Lewis un­marked but his glanc­ing header went just over the bar.

In the 64th minute, another su­perb de­liv­ery fol­lowed, this time from Danny White­head, which found Lewis in the mid­dle who made no mis­take by thump­ing home past the de­spair­ing keeper.

Jack Samp­son could have made it four just five min­utes later as he was well found in the area but Rovers man­aged to get plenty of bod­ies in the way of his shot.

Dennis then drew a fine save from Maxted with quar­ter of an hour re­main­ing to deny him his hat­trick. A curl­ing 25-yard free-kick looked des­tined for the far cor­ner but the keeper re­acted well to parry it away.

With seven min­utes to go, Whi­taker com­pleted the rout af­ter Chris Hol­royd ran on to a great pass by White­head to square it for Whi­taker.

He hit it first time from 12 yards out to com­pound Rovers’ mis­ery fur­ther and make it a long trip home for the Rovers faith­ful and one to re­mem­ber for John Askey and his side.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Paul Lewis was the goalscor­ers as Macc saw off league lead­ers For­est Green 4-1 at the Moss Rose

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