Vis­i­tors ex­tend

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VANARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town’s poor run of form in the league con­tin­ues af­ter they suf­fered a nar­row home de­feat to league lead­ers For­est Green Rovers.

An early goal from Keanu Marsh-Brown was enough to earn the vis­i­tors all three points at the Moss Rose, in front of a crowd that fea­tured for­mer Manch­ester United boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

It means that the Silk­men have failed to win any of their last six Na­tional League matches, and as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son felt it was the slow start that cost his side.

“We had a good week’s train­ing and had sim­i­lar prepa­ra­tion to what we had for the Wal­sall game, so there is no ex­cuse for start­ing as bad as we did,” he said.

“It took un­til they scored and then maybe an­other 15 min­utes after­wards for us to re­alise that we can com­pete with these teams and cause them prob­lems.

“I thought we fin­ished the half strongly and the se­cond half was even, but you can’t give the league lead­ers a leg up.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing that we sat back a bit in the first half as they picked us off.

“We weren’t good enough with the ball at times and if you give any team like that a one goal head start then you will al­ways strug­gle.”

For­est Green showed just why they are the run­away lead­ers at the top of the ta­ble af­ter open­ing the scor­ing in­side two min­utes.

Chris­tian Doidge’s ball into the box was met by Marsh-Brown, who fired past Craig Ross and into the back of the net.

It took the Silk­men a while to get go­ing, but they fi­nally ap­peared to come to life on 18 min­utes when Danny Rowe threat­ened the op­po­si­tion de­fence.

He thought he should have had a penalty when he went down in the box, but the ref­eree waved away the protests.

Macc were forced into a sub­sti­tu­tion on 25 min­utes when mid­fielder Paul Lewis looked to suf­fer a nasty look­ing in­jury af­ter a chal­lenge, with Lewis stretchered off the pitch and Jack Mack­reth tak­ing his place.

The home side’s best chance of the match came just af­ter the half hour mark when Danny Whi­taker’s ef­fort went nar­rowly wide.

Jack Samp­son then forced a good save out of Sam Rus­sell, be­fore Marsh-Brown nearly dou­bled For­est Green’s lead prior to the in­ter­val.

Af­ter an ac­tion-packed first half, the se­cond half was a much qui­eter af­fair, with both teams strug­gling to cre­ate many clear-cut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mitch Han­cox tried his luck from dis­tance on 65 min­utes, but it was a com­fort­able save for Rus­sell.

Rob Sin­clair had a pow­er­ful ef­fort of his own a few min­utes later, forc­ing

‘We weren’t good enough with the ball at times and if you give any team like that a one-goal start you will al­ways strug­gle’

a good save out of Ross to keep his team in con­tention.

Mac­cles­field had an­other penalty ap­peal as the match pro­gressed, with Mack­reth the man to go down on this oc­ca­sion,

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against For­est Green Rovers at the Moss Rose

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Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against For­est Green Rovers at the Moss Rose

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