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.

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against Dover which was aban­doned af­ter 62 min­utes

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Macc play­ers cel­e­brate Danny Rowe’s goal against Dover on Satur­day

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