Missed chances

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FA TRO­PHY THIRD ROUND MACC ................................. 0 TORQUAY.......................... 1

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town’s FA Tro­phy dreams were ended in their third round re­play with Torquay last week af­ter Nathan Smith scored a se­cond half header to sep­a­rate the two teams.

The Silk­men had plenty of chances in the match at the Moss Rose, but poor fin­ish­ing meant they were un­able to find the net.

The de­feat sees Mac­cles­field miss out on a po­ten­tial trip to Wem­b­ley and a quar­ter-fi­nal tie with Isth­mian League Premier Divi­sion side Bog­nor Regis Town this week­end.

In a first half that was high on tempo, Macc went close on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, be­gin­ning when Andy Halls fired just wide of the post.

Den­nis was the next to threaten when he got on the end of a pass from David Fitz­patrick, but the Torquay de­fence were able to cut out the move.

The vis­i­tors were strug­gling to test Sh­wan Jalal in the Mac­cles­field goal, with de­fender Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton prov­ing to be a rock in de­fence.

Chances dried up as the half pro­gressed, with the next real op­por­tu­nity com­ing on the 40 minute mark.

Jack Samp­son, who had ear­lier fired over from dis­tance for the Silk­men, con­nected with a cross from the right by Paul Turn­bull but headed wide of the near post.

From the re-start, Macc were show­ing the greater pur­pose - and ef­forts in quick suc­ces­sion from Den­nis and Chris Hol­royd were kept out by de­flec­tions.

They still had to be alert at the other end though when the vis­i­tors fash­ioned their first chance of note on the hour mark, with Court­ney Richards see­ing a pow­er­ful ef­fort just clear the bar.

Torquay be­gan to come into the game more af­ter that and they made their op­po­nents pay for their wasted chances when they took the lead.

They won their first cor­ner since half-time and took full ad­van­tage when Smith con­nected with the cross to head home and make it 1-0.

Mac­cles­field man­ager John Askey turned to his bench as he tried to find an equaliser, with striker Rhys Turner com­ing on.

He al­most made an im­me­di­ate im­pact when he played a part in the move that saw Hol­royd go close, but he couldn’t get his ef­fort on tar­get.

The Silk­men con­tin­ued to push in the clos­ing stages but they couldn’t find a goal, with Torquay con­demn­ing them to a 1-0 de­feat.

Mac­cles­field have now won just one of their last eight matches in all com­pe­ti­tions fol­low­ing the re­sult, with their only vic­tory com­ing in the 2-0 tri­umph against Truro City in the FA Tro­phy se­cond round.

Jalal, Halls, Byrne, Pilk­ing­ton, Turn­bull, Hol­royd (Sty­che, 85), Samp­son, Cowan ( Turner, 74), Den­nis, Fitz­patrick, Whi­taker. Subs not used: Brana­gan, Bai­ley-Jones, Di­agne.

Laver­combe, But­ler, Rees, McDon­ald, Rac­chi, Richards, Smith, Han­cox (Ger­ring, 83), Ni­chol­son, Wright, Berry. Subs not used: Fisher, Geo­haghon.

Si­mon Ben­nett.




Lynne Cameron

●● Mac­cles­field man­ager John Askey



Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Chris Hol­royd saw a se­cond half ef­fort de­flected wide

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