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Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town re­turned to win­ning ways on Satur­day af­ter pick­ing up a hard-fought win against Brain­tree.

Goals from Con­nor Jen­nings and Chris Hol­royd helped the Silk­men come out on top and earn thre three points at the Moss Rose.

It keeps Macc firmly in the hunt for the Na­tional League play-offs, with a num­ber of sides all vy­ing for a place in the top five, and man­ager John Askey was happy with the win.

“It was good to see Con­nor and Chris score and hope­fully that’s a sign of things to come. It’s pleas­ing in the end be­cause for all the chances we cre­ated it looked like it might be one of those days again,” he said.

“It’s good to get three points and it keeps us in there, giv­ing us a fight­ing chance. We said at half­time the only thing wrong is that we’re not tak­ing our chances. It can play on your mind.

“When you’re scor­ing you don’t think about it, but if you stop you be­gin to think too much. The main thing is we’re cre­at­ing chances and if you keep cre­at­ing chances the goals will come even­tu­ally.”

Askey made three changes from the side that lost to Bar­row, hand­ing starts to Cal­lum Evans, Rhys Browne and Luke Sum­mer­field in place of Andy Halls, Danny Whi­taker and Andy Ha­worth.

Brain­tree went close af­ter just four min­utes when Ky­ron Far­rell’s free­kick forced a good save out of Scott Flin­ders.

Sum­mer­field then threat­ened for Macc at the other end, fin­ish­ing off an im­pres­sive move for the home side be­fore fir­ing straight at Sam Beas­ant.

The match qui­etened down from that point on­wards, with any clearcut chances few and far be­tween for the two sides.

Chris Hol­royd tried his luck for dis­tance just af­ter the half hour mark, but it was com­fort­ably saved by Beas­ant.

The best chance of the half fell to Browne just be­fore the in­ter­val af­ter he got on the end of a dan­ger­ous cross from Evans, but the for­ward couldn’t keep the ef­fort down and it went over the bar.

It was more of the same from the Silk­men at the start of the sec­ond half, as they con­trolled pos­ses­sion in search of an opener.

Jen­nings was caus­ing a lot of prob­lems for the Brain­tree de­fence, but once again Beas­ant was on hand to make a save and deny the hosts.

It looked like it might not be Mac­cles­field’s day though when Kings­ley James fired a free-kick over the cross­bar.

Jen­nings en­sured that wouldn’t be the case though as he fi­nally made the break­through for Macc on 71 min­utes.

Mitch Han­cox found Jen­nings in space, who did the rest by fir­ing past the Brain­tree goal­keeper to make it 1-0 to the home side. That goal put Askey’s side firmly in the driv­ing seat and it didn’t take them long to dou­ble their lead.

Hol­royd did well to beat Jerome Okimo, be­fore then slot­ting into the back of the net to grab his team’s sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon.

Mac­cles­field con­trolled the game dur­ing the clos-

‘When you’re scor­ing you don’t think about it – if you stop you think too much’

ing stages to en­sure they kept the clean sheet, hold­ing on to earn an im­pres­sive 2-0 vic­tory.

Macc’s next Na­tional League game was set to be a trip to Ten Acres to face Eastleigh as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day.

Flin­ders; Evans, Byrne, Pilk­ing­ton, Fitz­patrick; Browne ( Whi­taker 90’), James, Sum­mer­field, Han­cox; Hol­royd, Jen­nings. Subs Not Used: Ross, McCombe, Ha­worth, Nor­burn.

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Con­nor Jen­nings cel­e­brates his goal

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Chris Hol­royd lines up a shot against Brain­tree Town at the Moss Rose on Satur­day

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Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field Town’s win against Brain­tree

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