The road to Wembley...
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’.