Positive signs despite defeat
MACCLESFIELD Town suffered a defeat in their final pre-season match of the summer after coming up short against League One side Blackpool at the Moss Rose.
Two goals from Mark Cullen were enough to ensure that his side picked up the victory against John Askey’s men.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the Silkmen, who begin their National League campaign with a trip to Wrexham on Saturday.
Elliot Durrell was one of Macclesfield’s best players during the match, and he now hopes the team can perform during their league opener.
“We’ve gelled together really well considering it’s pretty much a new squad. It’s important that we have a good week leading up to the Wrexham game, and it’s important that we hit the ground running in the league,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’re excited – I hope the fans are excited – and it’s just vital that we start well.
We’ve come through pre-season unscathed and it’s another important week now.”
It was a quiet start to the match against Blackpool, with the away side eventually creating the first chance when Max Clayton capitalised on a mix up in the Macclesfield defence, but he was denied by Shwan Jalal. Macc then went close at the other end when Tyrone Marsh got on the end of a good pass from Durrell, but he was unable to find the net.
Durrell was proving to be lively though, and moments later he was involved for a second time when he once again found Marsh, but the striker hit the ball over the crossbar.
The match quietened down during the remainder of the half, with chances few and far between amongst the two sides.
There was once incident just before the interval, as Sean Longstaff was forced off for Blackpool after suf- fering a head injury, with Nathan Delfouneso coming on in his place.
Macclesfield changes at the made break, including bringing on a trialist goalkeeper in place of Jalal.
Blackpool were the better team at the start of the second half and they soon made the breakthrough thanks to Cullen.
He managed to find space from a corner and head the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Things soon went from bad to worse for Macclesfield as Blackpool then doubled their lead just moments later.
Cullen was the man to get the goal once again, reacting quickest to a save from the trialist goalkeeper before tapping home from close range to put his side firmly in the driving seat.
Despite now trailing by two goals, Macclesfield didn’t give up and they had some chances to try and get back into the game.
Substitutes Scott Wilson and new signing Gime Toure both had decent attempts, while the hosts also hit the crossbar late on. They couldn’t find the net though, with Blackpool holding on to keep a clean sheet and condemn Macclesfield to a defeat in their last friendly before the league campaign begins.
We’ve gelled together really well considering it’s pretty much a new squad – Elliot Durrell
The Silkmen’s reshaped squad is showing signs of promise