Chester show was perfect
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
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.”
●● Kristian Dennis celebrates after scoring against Chester