Silk­men rise up


Alex Bald­win

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town made it three wins on the bounce and con­tin­ued their charge up the Na­tional League ta­ble af­ter com­fort­ably beat­ing Brom­ley at the Moss Rose.

Sec­ond half strikes from Paul Lewis and Kris­tian Den­nis were enough for the Silk­men on an­other im­pres­sive af­ter­noon for John Askey’s side.

Af­ter a bright start from Macc, Brom­ley had the first real chance as Moses Em­manuel forced a fine save from Sh­wan Jalal.

Brom­ley’s top goal scorer ran in on goal to leave him one-on-one with the keeper but Jalal made him­self big to block his ef­fort.

Macc’s best chance of the half fell to Den­nis in the shape of a header from close range but Brom­ley goal­keeper Chris Ket­tings did well to get down low and parry the ef­fort to safety.

The two sides went into the break level af­ter a tight af­fair but the Silk­men really came to life af­ter the restart.

They went ahead just three min­utes into the sec­ond half, cour­tesy of Lewis af­ter a great move. Danny White­head de­liv­ered a deep, search­ing cross to the back post to find Chris Hol­royd, who in turn squared it for Lewis to tap home.

Con­fi­dence lev­els were ris­ing and Den­nis had the op­por­tu­nity to dou­ble his team’s lead in the 55th minute from the spot af­ter win­ning a penalty as he caused Ben Chor­ley to han­dle the ball in the box.

Un­for­tu­nately, the keeper went the right way down to his left to save and keep the deficit at just one goal.

A couple of min­utes later, an­other fine stop from Jalal kept the Silk­men’s lead in­tact as he saved from point-blank range af­ter Brom­ley al­most cap­i­talised from a free-kick.

As the game con­tin­ued to un­fold, the play started to be­come in­creas­ingly more end-to-end which suited Macc and it told as Den­nis made it 2-0 with ten min­utes to go.

Hol­royd was again the provider as he broke free down the right flank, and he looked up and made the pass to slide Den­nis in.


for­ward showed ex­cel­lent com­po­sure to slot home un­der Ket­ting at the near post.

The Silk­men pro­fes­sion­ally saw out the re­main­der of the game to record yet an­other clean sheet and claim all the points and con­tinue their march up the league ta­ble in front of 1,632 supporters.

Macc moved up to ninth af­ter the win, leapfrog­ging Brom­ley and leav­ing Askey’s side three points from the play-offs.

Conor Mol­loy for Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Paul Lewis cel­e­brates the open­ing goal

Conor Mol­loy

●● Kris­tian Den­nis is de­nied by Brom­ley goal­keeper Chris Ket­tings

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