Rovers’ blow to

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town’s play-off hopes were dealt a blow on Satur­day, as they suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing 3-0 loss away at fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls For­est Green Rovers.

Goals from Chris­tian Doidge, Liam Noble and Mark El­lis sealed the points for Rovers to move up to sec­ond and within three points of league lead­ers Lin­coln City.

Mac­cles­field mean­while re­main ninth in the league, seven points out­side the play-off places.

“It was just a bad day at the of­fice but the good thing is, es­pe­cially at this stage of the sea­son, you’ve got to dust your­self down quickly,” said as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son.

“Since the start of the New Year they’ve done as well as any­body, and we’re still in the hunt of nick­ing a play­off place.”

It was the home side who be­gan the brighter of the two teams, for­ward Kaiyne Wool­ery fir­ing wide af­ter just four min­utes.

Mac­cles­field cap­tain Andy Halls re­turned to the side as one of two changes to the start­ing eleven, and he had to be alert to clear a cross min­utes later, as Rovers pushed for an early goal.

The pres­sure paid off af­ter 12 min­utes, Chris­tian Doidge find­ing the net with a header from the near post, fol­low­ing Rob Sin­clair’s cor­ner.

The goal, Doidge’s twelfth in the league, al­lowed For­est Green to set­tle, as they found them- selves threat­en­ing through­out a first half they dom­i­nated.

Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued to look vul­ner­a­ble from set pieces, and Doidge nearly grabbed his sec­ond from a Dar­ren Carter free kick.

The half hour mark saw the Silk­men fash­ion their first mean­ing­ful chance, Luke Sum­mer­field‘s cor­ner reach­ing Niall Byrne, who could only find the post with his close range ef­fort, and Con­nor Jen­nings at­tempt was de­flected be­hind.

Af­ter 35 min­utes the home side had the ball in the back of the net again, but Mark El­lis’ fin­ish fol- low­ing Scott Flin­ders save was ruled out for off­side, and that was the last mean­ing­ful chance of the half as For­est Green went into the break ahead.

The sec­ond half was a much brighter start for the vis­i­tors than the first, as they be­gan to show some of the form which had seen them lose just two of their last eight league games.

The Silk­men earned them­selves a free kick on the edge of the box shortly af­ter kick off, Con­nor Jen­nings tee­ing up Mitch Han­cox, but his ef­fort was weak and the home side cleared their lines.

How­ever, min­utes later they found them­selves

‘The good thing is, at this stage of the sea­son, you’ve got to dust your­self down quickly’

an­other goal be­hind as Wool­ery, a thorn in the side of Mac­cles­field all game, broke down the right with pace and chipped the ball to Liam

Peter Hilton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against For­est Green Rovers

Peter Hilton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against For­est Green

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