Super Macc turn
MACCLESFIELD Town made it back to back away wins in the National League after a fantastic display at Prenton Park against Tranmere Rovers.
In the second clash within the space of a week between the two sides, it was the Silkmen who came out on top thanks to a first goal of the season for striker Jack Sampson.
Two superb saves from Ritchie Brangan, who replaced the injured Shwan Jalal early on, helped to ensure the win which lifts Macc into the play-off places.
“We could have scored more but they could have scored as well,” said Askey. “It’s about winning though and we’ve got the win in as hard a place to come as any in the league.”
The first chance of the game fell to the Silkmen, after a ball up field from David Fitzpatrick was met by Jack Sampson.
His lay off found Paul Lewis and the midfielder got a shot away from distance that stung the hands of Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.
At the other end, Rovers had their first effort of the game through midfielder Adam Mekki when his shot was hit straight at Shwan Jalal.
However, the keeper picked up a knock during the save and was replaced by Ritchie Branagan in the 11th minute.
The goalkeeper was called into action minutes after coming on and it was Mekki again with a curling strike from distance, but Branagan was equal to it and made the save.
In the 17th minute, a powerful run down the left-hand side from Danny Rowe opened up the Tranmere defence and he picked out Chris Holroyd, but the striker’s effort was deflected wide.
Macclesfield’s luck with injuries didn’t stop with Jalal and this time it was Lewis who was forced off in the 21st minute and replaced by Danny Whitaker.
It was Whitaker who began a great move for the Silkmen that led to the only goal of the game. His initial pass ended with Jack Sampson finding time in the box to slot the ball home and make it 1-0 to Macclesfield in the 31st minute.
Tranmere almost hit straight back after a corner eventually made its way to Lois Maynard, but the midfielder blazed over from inside the area.
Moments later, it was nearly 2-0 to the Silkmen when Rowe hit a thunderous half-volley from around 25-yards out, which just went narrowly wide.
After the half-time interval, the hosts looked to get back into the game and in the 53rd minute, a corner was met by Jeff Hughes, but he was denied only by a fantastic save by Branagan after the ball had looked to be going in.
Hughes had another attempt just four minutes later, but this time he couldn’t force a save out of Branagan and the ball went wide of the post.
The Silkmen had their first attack of the half in the 60th minute when a Holroyd cross was met by Sampson, but the striker couldn’t direct his effort on target.
The hosts continued to
‘It’s about winning and we’ve got the win in as hard a place to come as any in this league’
press to try break the resilient Macclesfield defence and a last ditch Neill Byrne challenge on James Norwood denied the Rovers striker an opportunity on goal.
●● Jack Sampson celebrates the winning goal against Tranmere Rovers
●● Macclesfield players celebrate after the final whistle at Prenton Park on Saturday