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Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town en­sured they had a suc­cess­ful Bank Hol­i­day week­end af­ter a hard­fought against vic­tory Cheshire ri­vals Ch­ester on Mon­day.

Goals from Mitch Han­cox and Kieran Kennedy ei­ther side of half­time were enough to help the Silk­men pick up the vic­tory away from home.

Mac­cles­field as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son was glad to get the win and thought his side could have scored even more.

“We were de­lighted with the win against Ch­ester. It was a hot day and there were a lot of tired legs out there but I thought we dom­i­nated and did all that was asked,” he said.

“We scored two very good goals and the only dis­ap­point­ment of the whole day was that we’re not sat here with a big­ger win.

“It’s a clean sheet away from home and it goes with­out say­ing how much I love those. I thought the de­fend­ers were great, es­pe­cially as it was a dif­fi­cult sys­tem to play against, they don’t have an out and out striker so they had dif­fer­ent peo­ple bomb­ing in on all the time.

“We got the three points and a cou­ple of goals too, so all in all you’ve got to be happy.”

Mac­cles­field were go­ing up against a num­ber of fa­mil­iar faces in the game, with the likes of Andy Halls, John McCombe and Kings­ley James all start­ing for Ch­ester fol­low­ing their ex­its from the Moss Rose ear­lier this sum­mer.

It was Mac­cles­field who got the last laugh though, as they started the game well and got the open­ing goal af­ter just seven min­utes.

Han­cox was the man to get it, get­ting on the end of a cross from Ty­rone Marsh be­fore head­ing home to make it 1-0.

Ch­ester tried to hit back when Craig Ma­hon tried his luck at goal, but the ef­fort was off tar­get.

Gime Toure could have dou­bled his team’s lead later in the half, but he sent a header over the cross­bar when he should have done bet­ter.

The hosts were quick out of the blocks at the start of the sec­ond half, at­tempt­ing to break through the Macc de­fence.

The vis­i­tors were hold­ing firm though, re­strict- ing their op­po­nents to a lot of shots from dis­tance.

One de­cent chance fell to for­mer Mac­cles­field player James in­side the box, but Sh­wan Jalal was equal to it and made the save.

Macc made Ch­ester pay for their missed chances as they made it 2-0 just af­ter the hour mark.

El­liot Dur­rell’s cor­ner was turned in by Kennedy at the back post to put his side firmly in the driv­ing seat.

Both sides had chances in the clos­ing stages, but Mac­cles­field held on to earn an im­pres­sive 2-0 win.

The vic­tory means that Mac­cles­field are now 10th in the Na­tional League ta­ble, hav­ing won three, drawn two and lost two of their seven games so far this sea­son.

It’s been a tough start

‘The de­fend­ers were great, it was a dif­fi­cult sys­tem to play against’

for Ch­ester, who are now fifth from bot­tom, and have an un­for­tu­nate run of 15 home games with­out a win.

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

Jalal, Kennedy, Yates, Han­cox, Lowe, Fitz­patrick, Dur­rell (Richards 78’), Burgess, Whi­taker, Marsh (Baba 78’), Toure ( Wil­son 78’) Subs not used: O’Brien, Arthur

Peter Hil­ton Photography

Kieran Kennedy is mobbed af­ter scor­ing

David Tol­l­i­day

Kieran Kennedy scores the sec­ond goal in Macc’s 2-0 win at Ch­ester on Mon­day

David Tol­l­i­day

Mac­cles­field sup­port­ers at Ch­ester

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