Promis­ing start

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - PRE-SEA­SON FRIENDLY GARETH EVANS

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town suf­fered de­feat on Satur­day af­ter com­ing up short in their friendly against Stock­port County at Edge­ley Park.

The Silk­men had made the 14-mile trip for their sole pre-sea­son ven­ture away from home – and with a squad that fea­tured just four sur­viv­ing play­ers from the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

Mac­cles­field’s re­built side looked to be gelling nicely to be­gin with – twice go­ing ahead in the first half to lead by the odd goal in three at the break.

But four sec­ond-half County goals saw the happy Hat­ters pre­vail in this now-an­nual fix­ture for the first time in three years.

County took to the field show­ing just one change from the last start­ing lineup at EP, against Pre­ston, a week pre­vi­ously - with Stephen O’Hal­lo­ran re­plac­ing Chris Smal­ley.

Two of the Silk­men’s new ar­rivals com­bined to put them ahead af­ter only four min­utes when exDover striker Ty­rone Marsh headed home a cross from the right by Scott Wil­son, who plied his trade last term at Eastleigh.

But the Hat­ters hit back eight min­utes later, when War­bur­ton’s low drive from the edge of the area fizzed past the out­stretched Sh­wan Jalal to nes­tle in the bot­tom-right cor­ner.

The end-to-end play con­tin­ued – with Wil­son, who had scored the only goal of the game at the Moss Rose against Bury four days ear­lier, dou­bling his per­sonal tally for the Silk­men, as well as putting them back in front, when his low shot went in off the left up­right af­ter 18 min- utes.

Jalal tipped over Oswell’s close-range header, fol­low­ing Con­nor Hamp­son’s pin-point cross from the left, nine min­utes be­fore the break, as the Hat­ters fin­ished the half strongly.

Hav­ing made half a dozen changes at the break, Mac­cles­field’s re­ar­ranged line-up was still set­tling down when, three min­utes into the sec­ond half, Oswell fired in an equaliser from close range af­ter the vis­i­tors failed to clear a quickly-taken cor­ner.

Oswell turned provider as part of a three-player move seven min­utes later, with a neat through-touch for War­bur­ton to con­vert, be­fore scor­ing his sec­ond - and County’s fourth - with a header from a cor­ner just af­ter the hour­mark.

The Hat­ters made cer­tain of the lo­cal brag­ging rights 19 min­utes from time, af­ter War­bur­ton was felled in the box by Keith Lowe and blasted the re­sult­ing penalty into the top-left cor­ner and out of the reach of sub­sti­tute­keeper, Alex Gogic.

And they were even de­nied a sixth in the fol­low­ing minute, when Oswell net­ted from Sam Walker’s free kick on the left - only to be ad­judged off­side.

In the end it fin­ished 5-2 at Edge­ley Park, with County com­ing out on top against John Askey’s side.

‘Mac­cles­field’s re­built side looked to be gelling nicely to be­gin with – twice go­ing ahead in the first half to lead by the odd goal in three at the break’

Stock­port County v Mac­cles­field Town pre-sea­son friendly

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