Hol­royd’s brace

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VANARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town ended a run of six league games with­out a win af­ter pick­ing up a hard-fought vic­tory at Alder­shot Town.

Two goals from Chris Hol­royd on his re­turn to the side was enough to earn the Silk­men all three points at the Recre­ation Ground.

The vic­tory had seen Macc move up to ninth place in the table ahead of their trip to Gateshead on Tues­day as the Ex­press went to print.

Hol­royd was handed a start af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the ill­ness that saw him miss the home de­feat to For­est Green in the pre­vi­ous game, re­plac­ing Jack Samp­son who dropped to the bench.

New Mac­cles­field sign­ing Richard Brodie was also part of the sub­sti­tutes af­ter his loan switch from York City.

Macc had a good start to the match and went close af­ter just three min­utes when Jack Mack­reth shot nar­rowly over the bar.

Craig Ross had to be alert in the Mac­cles­field goal at the other end, mak­ing a smart stop to keep out a Nick Arnold free kick.

Hol­royd was lively for the vis­i­tors through­out the open­ing stages of the half, fir­ing nar­rowly wide on 24 min­utes.

He made amends for the miss a few mo­ments later though when he made the break­through for his side.

A dan­ger­ous cross into the box by David Fitz­patrick was turned home by Hol­royd at the near post to put the vis­i­tors ahead.

That goal ap­peared to give Macc a boost and they al­most dou­bled their lead straight away when Mack­reth tried his luck from the edge of the box, forc­ing a good save out of Alder­shot goal­keeper Jake Cole.

The home side nearly lev­elled things up just be­fore the interval when Matt McClure volleyed wide, be­fore Ch­eye Alexan­der went down in the Mac­cles­field box look­ing for a penalty, but the ref­eree in­stead booked him for sim­u­la­tion.

It didn’t take Macc long into the sec­ond half to make it 2-0, with Hol­royd get­ting an­other goal on 49 min­utes.

Danny Rowe man­aged to find room on the left hand side, al­low­ing him to play in Hol­royd who smashed his ef­fort into the back of the net to put his team firmly in the driv­ing seat.

Alder­shot tried their best to try and get back into the match, but the Macc de­fence were hold­ing firm and deny­ing their op­po­nents.

It looked like the Silk­men were the most likely to score again, and they al­most did when John McCombe headed inches wide.

De­spite their dom­i­nance, Macc even­tu­ally con­ceded when Alder­shot pulled a goal back in the 68th minute.

Will Evans was able to head home af­ter get­ting on the end of a free kick to re­duce the deficit and make it an in­ter­est­ing end to the game but Macc re­sisted the home side’s late push and held on for vic­tory.

Ross, Halls, Pilk­ing­ton, McCombe, Fitz­patrick, Han­cox, Whi­taker, James, Rowe (Samp­son 79’), Mack­reth, Hol­royd (Brodie 88’). Subs Not Used: Byrne, Made­ley, Boot

MAC­CLES­FIELD TEAM:

Matt Rat­cliffe

Macc man­ager John Askey

Conor Mol­loy

Chris Hol­royd, left, scored twice to hand Macc vic­tory at Alder­shot

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