Loss for Macc

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Cap­tain Paul Turn­bull and Macc’s man-of-the­match Rowe re­sponded to the cries for ac­tion but their strikes failed to pro­vide a stern test for John­son.

Pos­si­bly riled up by the crowd, Halls lunged into a tackle right in front of the home dugout and al­though Hal­i­fax’s bench de­manded a red card to be bran­dished, the Mac­cles­field de­fender saw yel­low, some­thing which en­raged John Askey.

Just as the tie looked as though it would end a draw with both sides seem­ingly con­tent with a point, Hal­i­fax found the goal they de­served from their se­cond-half su­pe­ri­or­ity.

Kings­ley James picked out Tu­ton, who had found him­self alone ten yards in front of goal, with a per­fectly timed through-ball and the striker slot­ted home a col­lected fin­ish to give Hal­i­fax the lead with thir­teen min­utes re­main­ing.

The Shay­men nearly dou­bled their ad­van­tage soon af­ter when Kevin Roberts’ well ex­e­cuted vol­ley from an awk­ward an­gle was met by Brana­gan at his near post.

The home fans stood to their feet in an­tic­i­pa­tion of an equaliser when a hope­ful, looped ball fell over Den­nis’ shoul­der in the box, but the Na­tional League joint top scorer struck the dif­fi­cult chance way over.

Mac­cles­field’s frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon con­tin­ued as late pres­sure amounted to noth­ing, and a de­fi­ant Hal­i­fax held on to pick up their fifth league win in their last eight out­ings.

MAC­CLES­FIELD TOWN:

Bran­gan, Halls, Byrne, Pilk­ing­ton, Fitz­patrick, Turn­bull, Whi­taker, Rowe, Hol­royd ( Turner 76’), Den­nis, Samp­son ( White­head 59’). Subs not used: Suther­land, Di­agne, Cowan

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