Shots blasted by mer­ci­less Macc

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ABRACE from Danny Rowe and a ninth goal of the sea­son from Kris­tian Dennis en­sured a con­vinc­ing vic­tory for Mac­cles­field over Alder­shot at the EBB Sta­dium.

Rowe kicked off the scor­ing on three min­utes by start­ing and fin­ish­ing a neat counter-at­tack­ing move, be­fore he dou­bled his tally on 41 min­utes with a ter­rific solo ef­fort.

Alder­shot’s Jake Gal­lagher was sent off on 55 min­utes for a reck­less chal­lenge and Dennis added to his eight goals with a tidy fin­ish mid­way through the sec­ond half to make it three.

John Askey made one change to the side that lost to Bar­row as Rowe re­placed the in­jured Paul Lewis. New boys Lin­don Meikle and Fisayo Adara­bioyo were on the subs bench.

Mac­cles­field took an early lead when Rowe col­lected a mis­placed pass and quickly found Chris Hol­royd on the right.

Hol­royd made a pacey run to­ward the box be­fore turn­ing Jack Sav­ille and then squar­ing the ball across the box to Rowe who blasted it into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.

Alder­shot were the next to have a chance on goal when Sam Hat­ton crossed in for Char­lie Walker, but his header was com­fort­ably held by Sh­wan Jalal.

Half an hour into the game Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton picked up a harsh yel­low card for a foul where it looked like he cleanly played the ball.

On 37 min­utes the Silk­men could’ve dou­bled their lead when Dennis was put through on goal, but his shot was par­ried by Phil Smith and Sav­ille scuffed out his sec­ond ef­fort.

They en­sured they were in to­tal con­trol at half­time though as four min­utes later the visi­tors grabbed a de­served sec­ond in sublime fash­ion.

Jack Samp­son found Rowe in the left cor­ner of the pitch.

He ap­peared to be boxed in by two Alder­shot de­fend­ers but in one move he turned the pair and burst into the box along the touch­line be­fore squeez­ing the ball past Smith at a tight an­gle.

With the home fans vent­ing their frus­tra­tion, Alder­shot al­most grabbed a goal back be­fore half time when Dan Walker’s header nar­rowly went wide.

Those frus­tra­tions then boiled onto the pitch in the sec­ond half when Gal­lagher saw red for a reck­less lunge on Rowe.

Min­utes later Samp­son had a good op­por­tu­nity to grab his first goal of the sea­son but his shot from the edge of the area was well blocked by Ch­eye Alexan­der.

The visi­tors were mak­ing the ex­tra man count and they should’ve gone 3-0 up when Danny Whi­taker shot straight at Smith when through on goal.

Whi­taker made amends mo­ments later as he turned provider for the third with a deft chipped ball over the Alder­shot de­fence to Dennis, who brought the ball down with his first touch and blasted it into the far bot­tom cor­ner across Smith with his sec­ond.

Mac­cles­field then played out the re­main­der of the game with Samp­son hav­ing the best chance to make it four.

The for­ward was set up by debu­tant Meikle who col­lected a deep Whi­taker cross and found Samp­son pa­trolling the edge of the area, but his shot was just inches wide.

Adara­bioyo then made his Mac­cles­field de­but, com­ing on for the goalscorer Dennis dur­ing the fi­nal ten min­utes.

There was al­most a chance for for­mer striker Matthew Barnes-Homer to grab a goal when he cap­i­talised on a mis­take from Pilk­ing­ton but opted to pass rather than shoot, which was ul­ti­mately in­ter­cepted by David Fitz­patrick any­way.

That turned out to be the last sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity of the game, with Macc run­ning out con­vinc­ing 3-0 win­ners af­ter a dom­i­nant per­for­mance.

Jalal, Halls (Cowan 86), Pilk­ing­ton, Di­agne, Fitz­patrick, Hol­royd, Whi­taker, White­head, Rowe (Meikle 67), Dennis (Adara­bioyo 82), Samp­son


Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Danny Rowe net­ted twice in the win at Alder­shot

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