Silkmen rise up
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.
●● Paul Lewis celebrates the opening goal
●● Kristian Dennis is denied by Bromley goalkeeper Chris Kettings