Macc cut down
MACCLESFIELD Town’s poor run of form continued after they suffered their third straight defeat in the National League against league leaders Forest Green.
Charlie Clough scored deep into added time to condemn the Silkmen to a loss at the New Lawn Stadium.
Jack Sampson capitalised on an error from Kieffer Moore to put the Silkmen ahead before James Jennings scored against his former club eight minutes later.
The Silkmen performed admirably throughout the 90 minutes and would have been well worth a point, but hearts were broken in the third minute of added time when Clough netted the winner.
Defeat sees Macc drop to eight in the National League, three points off the play-off places. Meanwhile Forest Green stay top of the table, one point ahead of title rivals Cheltenham.
“We had a great opportunity there to get three points against top of the league,” said boss John Askey.
“You talk about taking positives but you can’t keep conceding in that manner so we’ve got to keep working, stick together and hopefully it will eventually turn around.”
The hosts stated their intentions early on when they went close in the second minute of the game. A cross from Keanu MarshBrown was met by Moore, but there was too much pace on the ball and he could only head over the target.
Macclesfield’s first chance came in the 17th minute. Sampson could have got on the scoresheet early as he had a headed effort just sail wide of Steve Arnold’s goal.
Paul Lewis was an early injury concern for Macclesfield as he went down off the ball in the 23rd minute, with the midfielder subsequently replaced by club captain Paul Turnbull.
Moments later Macclesfield had another chance to break the deadlock. Danny Whitehead had a hopeful shot from outside the penalty area which was spilt by Arnold, but the Rovers’ defenders were on hand to spare the keeper’s blushes and cleared the ball.
On the stroke of halftime Sampson had a second header go just wide of the goal.
The striker appeared to get ahead of David Fitzpatrick’s cross and couldn’t steer his header towards the target after losing his marker.
Whitehead pulled up clutching his hamstring in the 54th minute, the second injury of the game forcing John Askey into a change of system.
The recently re-signed Reece Styche came on in place of the Wigan loanee to play against his former club, forcing Sampson to switch to the left wing as Styche became the new spearhead in the Macc attack.
The substitute made an immediate impact as the Silkmen opened the scoring in the 69th minute after a mistake from Moore. Styche played a seemingly harmless through-ball which was picked up by the Forest Green centre-back.
‘You talk about taking positives but you can’t keep conceding in that manner’
pass back to keeper Arnold was pounced on by Sampson, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner from a tight angle.
Forest Green responded, bringing on former West Bromwich
●● Action from Macclesfield’s game at Forest Green
●● Jack Sampson wheels away after opening the scoring
●● George Pilkington looks to make a nuisance of himself at a Macc set-piece