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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

Matt Rat­cliffe

Danny Whi­taker saw his spot kick saved

Conor Mol­loy

Danny Rowe re­placed goalscorer Chris Hol­royd at Maid­stone

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