Silk­men left to rue missed chances

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town suf­fered a nar­row de­feat on their trav­els to Brain­tree’s Cress­ing Road as Sam­mie Sz­mod­ics’ goal was enough to claim all three points for the home side.

The first half of the game was a back-and-forth bat­tle from the first whis­tle, and Macc pro­duced plenty of goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but were un­able to con­vert their chances.

How­ever it was Danny Cow­ley’s team who pre­vailed through Sz­mod­ics’ sec­ond half strike, which pushed the Iron up into the play-off spots.

The Silk­men be­gan the game in a com­pact and com­posed manor as they searched for a way to carve out a chance on goal. Their pa­tience was nearly re­warded on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions as Kris­tian Den­nis looked to run in be­hind.

With 18 min­utes played, Mac­cles­field were into their groove as top scorer Den­nis came close to putting the Silk­men ahead.

A lack of con­cen­tra­tion from the Brain­tree defence saw Den­nis win pos­ses­sion, how­ever his shot was par­ried away by Will Nor­ris from close range.

Macc con­tin­ued to press for­ward as the ball came to Den­nis in the box soon af­ter, yet this time he lost his foot­ing just be­fore he could de­liver the end prod­uct.

With just un­der half an hour played, Brain­tree had their first dan­ger­ous counter at­tack. The ball broke through to Sz­mod­ics, but Sh­wan Jalal rushed out to clear the dan­ger.

The Iron then came close a minute later as Chez Isaac un­leashed a sting­ing shot from dis­tance, but Jalal was equal to it with a smart save down to his right hand side.

With 32 min­utes gone the game was be­gin­ning to open up with more chances and this time it was Danny White­head who came ag­o­nis­ingly close to giv­ing Macc the lead from dis­tance, as his strike flashed past the far post.

Paul Turn­bull found him­self in a dan­ger­ous area as the first half came to a close. He man­aged to thread a pass into Den­nis who went down in the box, how­ever the referee saw noth­ing in it and the first half ended with the scores at 0-0.

Brain­tree came close to start­ing the sec­ond half with a bang as Sz­mod­ics’ cross was bun­dled in, how­ever the lines­man flagged for off­side.

Turn­bull then had two chances to break the dead­lock in quick suc­ces­sion. Neat work from Lin­don Meikle on the right hand side set the at­tacks in mo­tion, how­ever both of Turn­bull’s at­tempts were lashed over the bar from the edge of the box.

With 15 min­utes left in the game, Sz­mod­ics chased down a loose ball and forced Jalal into a mis­take, al­low­ing the Brain­tree at­tacker to slot the ball into an empty net.

Macc’s best chance to equalise fell to White­head in­side the box, good work from Danny Whi­taker set White­head free, but Nor- ris was quick to re­act and was able to block his driven ef­fort.

The Silk­men con­tin­ued to press through­out the four min­utes stop­page time but un­for­tu­nately they were un­able to find what would’ve been a de­served goal.

MAC­CLES­FIELD TEAM:

Jalal, Halls, Pilk­ing­ton, Di­agne, Fitz­patrick, Hol­royd (Lewis 77), Whi­taker, Turn­bull (Sty­che 78), White­head, Meikle, Den­nis. Subs not used: Brana­gan, Cowan, Church­man

Bryn Len­non

●● Sh­wan Jalal’s slip let in Brain­tree’s Sam­mie Sz­mod­ics for the win­ning goal at Cress­ing Road

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