Silk­men take the spoils in Cheshire derby

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town se­cured an ex­cel­lent away vic­tory against Cheshire ri­vals Ch­ester last Mon­day.

An Ian Sharp own goal fol­lowed by a Kris­tian Den­nis penalty wrapped up the vic­tory for the Silk­men in­side the first half and they were un­lucky not to find the back of the net on more than two oc­ca­sions.

Nei­ther side made a threat­en­ing start in the open­ing 15 min­utes, how­ever Chris Hol­royd cre­ated the first dan­ger­ous chance for the visi­tors, a driven cross straight across the face of the goal that some­how missed the crowded penalty area.

In the 25th minute Macc took the lead through a phe­nom­e­nal own goal. Danny Rowe cre­ated some space on the left and his cross was sliced by de­fender Sharps and it looped over his goal­keeper’s head to make it 1-0 to Mac­cles­field.

Den­nis was on the hunt for his 20th league goal of the sea­son and came close on 27 min­utes.

Af­ter find­ing some space just out­side the area, he un­leashed an ef­fort only for it to fly over John Worsnop’s goal.

Den­nis didn’t have to wait long though, and got his goal three min­utes later. Macc were awarded a penalty af­ter shirt tug­ging dur­ing a cor­ner, al­low­ing Den­nis to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and calmly slot into the bot­tom cor­ner making it 2-0 at half-time.

As the sec­ond-half com­menced Jack Sampson’s inch-per­fect cross for Den­nis nearly made it 3-0, but Worsnop was there to deny the pow­er­ful header with a world class save.

The hosts be­gan to press Macc as they pushed to get back in the game.

Their first re­alchance of the game fell to Alex Whit­more on 53 min­utes when a quick counter-at­tack saw Whit­more open in the mid­dle, how­ever he blazed his ef­fort wide of Sh­wan Jalal’s goal from close-range.

As Macc tight­ened things at the back by bring­ing on Tony Di­agne to see out the game, a late break by the Silk­men saw good link up play be­tween Danny White­head and Den­nis.

The lat­ter found a few open-yards on the edge of the area, but his ef­fort flew over the bar, mean­ing the game fin­ished 2-0.

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