Losing run sees
Maidstone 2-1 Macclesfield
MAIDSTONE UTD ........... 2 MACCLESFIELD .............. 1
MACCLESFIELD Town are now five league games without a win after suffering a defeat at Maidstone United on Saturday.
Yemi Odubade got the late winner for the hosts on 89 minutes, after Chris Holroyd had initially given the Silkmen the lead.
It means that Macc have now dropped down to 10th place in the National League table, and manager John Askey was frustrated that his side came away empty-handed from the match.
“We had enough chances to win the game. We missed a penalty, hit the post and had a few other chances, so I’m disappointed with getting nothing,” he said.
Askey made two changes from the team that played Chester in the previous match, with Paul Lewis and Neill Byrne starting in place of John McCombe and Mitch Hancox.
The Silkmen were lively in the opening stages of the game, and went close when Jack Sampson saw his shot blocked by Kevin Lokko.
Macc continued to push forward though and it seemed like it was only a matter of time until they made the breakthrough.
That came on eight minutes when Holroyd opened the scoring for his side after good work from Jack Sampson who created the opportunity.
Holroyd was in again moments later, but he couldn’t add to his tally as Maidstone goalkeeper Lee Worgan denied the striker.
Macclesfield continued to cause problems with the opposition defence, and after Kingsley James threatened, it looked like it was an inevitably that his team would soon double their lead.
That wasn’t the case though as against the run of play, Maidstone managed to equalise when Liam Enver-Marum netted on 16 minutes with the home side’s first real chance of the match.
It seemed that the goal gave the hosts some confidence, as Macc then had to be alert at the other end to stop themselves from going behind.
Craig Ross was on hand to keep out a goal bound effort as Maidstone tried to take the lead for the first time during the afternoon.
Macclesfield managed to compose themselves and again appeared to control the match, and they were soon handed a golden opportunity restore their advantage.
The referee awarded them a penalty when Jack Mackreth was deemed to have been fouled in the box, giving Danny Whitaker the opportunity to score.
He was unsuccessful with the spot kick though, as Worgan made the save to keep his team on level terms.
Whitaker almost made amends just before halftime when his long range effort went inches wide, but the two teams were all square at the interval.
Macclesfield were forced to make a change on 50 minutes when goalscorer Holroyd went off injured, with Danny Rowe coming on in his place.
It was a quiet second to
‘We missed a penalty, hit the post and had a few chances, so I’m disappointed with getting nothing’
half, but Macc were the team who looked like they may find a winner, as Lewis was denied by Worgan before David Fitzpatrick hit the post on 72 minutes.
Askey’s men were then
Danny Whitaker saw his spot kick saved
Danny Rowe replaced goalscorer Chris Holroyd at Maidstone