Woking sunk by
MACCLESFIELD Town moved up to 10th in the National League after thrashing Woking Town 5-2 at the Kingfield Stadium thanks to a Kristian Dennis hat-trick.
In doing so, The Silkmen now have the fifth best goal difference and have only lost two of their last nine games in the League, winning six and drawing one.
John Askey’s side started the game well and took the lead early on through Danny Whitehead.
Chris Holroyd found Dennis in the box but his effort was saved before the ball eventually found Whitehead on the edge of the box who thumped it home to make it 1- 0.
The Silkmen started to dominate and just before the half hour mark they doubled their lead.
Shwan Jalal’s big goalkick was flicked on by Paul Lewis and the ball found Dennis who clinically found the back of the net from 25 yards out with a left- footed strike.
Danny Whitaker had the chance to make it three before but he dragged his shot wide. Dennis then fired over after a superb move.
Woking’s Dan Holman then tried a long range effort which bounced just in front of Jalal who saved.
Jalal was then forced into action again, holding on well to a decent John Goddard free-kick.
Macclesfield then went down the other end and forced Woking keeper Jake Cole into a fantastic one-handed save after Paul Lewis attempted to finish off another flowing move just before halftime.
Shortly after the interval the away side pulled further ahead and this time it was Neil Bryne who got on the scoresheet.
The ball found its way to Tony Diagne and his shot was tapped in by Bryne to make it 3-0.
Woking almost got back into it through Daniel Kadell but Bryne cleared the ball off the line and just after the hour mark Dennis scored again.
Captain Paul Turnbull played in Macc’s top goalscorer and he found the net by putting the ball through Cole’s legs.
The home side eventually got onto the scoresheet and it was Holman who pulled one back after seeing his initial effort well saved by Jalal he pounced and smashed the ball home.
However, the Silkmen scored again just five minutes later.
The in-form Dennis completed his hat-trick after being found by Whitaker and the 25-year old found the net with an accurate strike from the edge of the area.
Dennis’ hat-trick has made it 17 goals in just 21 games this season, and the no 14 is now second in the goalscoring charts of the National League.
There was a moment to forget for keeper Jalal who failed to deal with a simple cross, the 32-yearold fumbling the ball, which bounced off Joey Jones and trickled into the net.
be looking to continue their good form recently against Bromley, who they lost to earlier in the season, at home tomorrow.
●● Macc’s hat-trick hero Kristian Dennis
●● Neill Byrne celebrates his goal against Woking