The road to Wem­b­ley...

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

1ST round, 20th Dec: Al­trin­cham 1 Macc 1 4TH Jan: Macc 2 Al­trin­cham 1 THE Silk­man’s FA Tro­phy cam­paign didn’t start con­vinc­ingly as Kings­ley James’ equaliser earned them a re­play af­ter Sean Miller fired Al­trin­cham ahead.

Macc had to come from be­hind again when they hosted a Robins side who were even­tu­ally rel­e­gated from the Con­fer­ence North, with Danny Whi­taker and Danny Rowe see­ing them through to round two af­ter Harry Cain’s opener. 2ND round, 14th Jan: AFC Sud­bury 1 Macc 3 MAC­CLES­FIELD were in the as­cen­dency by half time as Rhys Browne and An­thony Dud­ley exposed their sev­en­thtier hosts de­fence to make it 2-0 at the break.

Jack Samp­son added a third late on but there was still time for the hosts to get on the score­sheet through Liam Wales in the 88th minute. 3RD round, 4th Feb: Mac­cles­field 1 For­est Green Rovers 0

Macc edged out For­est Green Rovers, a side who have since earned their first ever pro­mo­tion to the Foot­ball League.

Danny White­head’s first half de­flected goal was the dif­fer­ence when Macc booked a place in the last 16. 4TH round 25th Feb: Dul­wich Ham­let 2-2 Mac­cles­field 7TH March: Mac­cles­field 2-0 Dul­wich Ham­let

Two long range ef­forts from Luke Sum­mer­field seemed to have Macc in cruise control at Ry­man Isth­mian League Dul­wich Ham­let but their hosts earned a re­play through Quade Tay­lor and Ash­ley Carew.

When the sides met back up North, more nerves were avoided early in the game via an eight-minute brace from Browne. SEMI-FI­NAL 11th March: Mac­cles­field 1-1 Tran­mere 18TH March: Tran­mere 0-1 Mac­cles­field

When Jeff Hughes gave Tran­mere a sec­ond minute lead from the penalty spot at Moss Rose it looked like Macc had met their match. But Ol­lie Nor­burn struck in the sec­ond half and the same player went on to score the win­ning goal at Tran­mere to con­firm Town’s place at Wem­b­ley. within 20 min­utes. Mor­gan-Smith was the man to open the scor­ing once again and Vadaine Oliver and Sean New­ton con­firmed the win. 4TH round 25th Feb: York 1 Brack­ley Town 0

York over­came an­other Con­fer­ence North op­po­nent in their cup run in the form of Brack­ley Town thanks to Parkin’s goal.

They rode their luck in the sec­ond half with Brack­ley hitting the wood­work three times and Danny Holmes’ see­ing red as they ended the game with 10-men. SEMI-FI­NAL 14th March: York 2 Lin­coln City 1 18TH March: Lin­coln City 1-1 York

Goals from Oliver and Ai­dan Con­nolly saw York come from be­hind in the first leg af­ter a Lee An­gol penalty put Lin­coln ahead at Bootham Crescent.

Sean Raggett’s header for the Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons took the tie to ex­tra time but Scott Fen­wick’s penalty booked Sun­day’s Wem­b­ley meet­ing with Macc’.

Vadaine Oliver

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