Macc’s anger at
MACCLESFIELD .............. 1 DOVER............................... 0
match abandoned due to fog, 62 mins
IT was a frustrating day for Macclesfield Town on Saturday after their home game against Dover was controversially abandoned.
The Silkmen were leading when referee Antony Coggins decided to call the players off the pitch due to fog shortly after half-time.
After consulting with his officials, the referee then made the choice to abandon the match entirely, much to the anger of Macc manager John Askey.
There was just one change to the Macclesfield team from the team that drew 1-1 at Gateshead in midweek, with Paul Lewis making his return after injury and Kingsley James dropping to the bench.
Askey’s men were the better side in the opening stages of the match and they went close on several occasions.
Danny Whitaker saw a header superbly tipped over the crossbar by Dover goalkeeper Steve Arnold, before the stopper was then required a few moments later to deny Chris Holroyd.
The Dover defence were struggling to cope with the pressure they were being put under by Holroyd, and he tried his luck again when he fired narrowly off target.
Macclesfield continued to push though and their hard work was rewarded when they made the breakthrough on the half hour mark.
Holroyd turned provider on this occasion, setting up Danny Rowe who slotted past Arnold and into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Holroyd nearly doubled his team’s lead but he wasted a good chance for the hosts, while Arnold was then on hand to keep out Jack Mackreth.
Dover did have one opportunity as half-time approached, with Jim Stevenson seeing a shot comfortably saved by Craig Ross.
Macclesfield carried their lead into the second half, but it wasn’t long after the restart when the match was temporarily halted, before eventually being abandoned entirely, meaning it will have to be replayed.
Despite his annoyance at the decision to abandon the match, Askey insists that his side will be able to cope with the fixture congestion over the coming weeks.
The Silkmen have had to play two matches a week recently, and will also have to find space for a re-arranged game against Dover.
Despite the upcoming pile up of matches, Askey is confident that his side won’t have any problems.
“The players should be enjoying the congestion; playing Saturday and Tuesday means they don’t have to train as much!” he told the club’s official website.
“We’re in the same boat as all the other teams. We’ve got lads who are really fit, so it should be an advantage for us really.
“Whoever we play, if we get the ball down and move it well, we’ve got a great chance of winning.”
Macclesfield were 10th in the National League table ahead of a midweek
‘The players should be enjoying the congestion; it means they don’t have to train as much!’
clash with Barrow at the Moss Rose as the Express went to print on Tuesday.
Askey knows just how important home games are, and hopes to make the Moss Rose a fortress.
Action from Macclesfield’s game against Dover which was abandoned after 62 minutes
Macc players celebrate Danny Rowe’s goal against Dover on Saturday