Su­per Macc turn

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ALEX LOWE

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.

Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Jack Sampson cel­e­brates the win­ning goal against Tran­mere Rovers

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Mac­cles­field play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle at Pren­ton Park on Satur­day

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