Pos­i­tive signs de­spite de­feat

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - PRE-SEA­SON FRIENDLY

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

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