Ch­ester show was per­fect

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to hold off the Tran­mere threat and al­most dou­bled the lead in the 72nd minute, but no­body could get on the end of David Fitz­patrick’s ball across the six-yard box.

Tran­mere thought they had lev­elled things up in the 85th minute, but an­other fan­tas­tic save from Ritchie Brana­gan de­nied Cole Stock­ton from get­ting the hosts an equaliser.

A dra­matic twist al­most came late into stop­page time as a cor­ner for Tran­mere was met by cap­tain Steven Jen­nings and he ri­fled it into the back of the net, but the li­nes­man’s flag was up and the goal was ruled out, mean­ing Macc won 1-0.

Davies, McNulty, Ihiekwe, Jen­nings, Mekki (Stock­ton, 82), Hill, Vaughan, Nor­wood, J Hughes ( Tom­lin­son, 71), Har­ris, May­nard. Not used: Sut­ton, Turner, Kirby

Jalal (Bran­gan 11), Halls, Byrne, Pilk­ing­ton, Fitz­patrick, Turn­bull, Lewis ( Whitaker 21), Rowe (Di­agne 83), Hol­royd, Den­nis, Sampson. Subs not used: White­head, Cowan

TRAN­MERE:

MAC­CLES­FIELD TOWN:

JOHN Askey thought that his Mac­cles­field side put in a per­fect per­for­mance against Ch­ester last week.

The Silk­men pro­duced a con­vinc­ing dis­play to run out 2-0 win­ners, and Askey felt that all of the boxes were ticked.

“Ev­ery­thing went well at Ch­ester. We played well right from the off so that was pleas­ing and it was im­por­tant for us to get the win,” he said.

“Ch­ester had a longer pe­riod off than us so a couple of our play­ers were tired be­fore the game. It shows the good char­ac­ter we have though as ev­ery­one played really well and it was a good team per­for­mance and we thor­oughly de­served the win.

“With the play­ers we have in this squad, if we can keep ev­ery­body fit and keep ev­ery­body signed then we have ev­ery chance of do­ing well. We in­tended to be in and around the play-offs by New Year so at the mo­ment we’re in a good place.”

Askey was full of praise for the of­fi­cials af­ter his side were awarded a penalty.

“Our player has been pulled down and for­tu­nately it was right in front of the ref­eree so he has given it,” he said. “Some­times they’re not given but it was the right de­ci­sion – things haven’t al­ways gone our way.”

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Kris­tian Den­nis cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Ch­ester

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