Back to back joy
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.
Jalal, Kennedy, Yates, Hancox, Lowe, Fitzpatrick, Durrell (Richards 78’), Burgess, Whitaker, Marsh (Baba 78’), Toure ( Wilson 78’) Subs not used: O’Brien, Arthur
Kieran Kennedy is mobbed after scoring
Kieran Kennedy scores the second goal in Macc’s 2-0 win at Chester on Monday
Macclesfield supporters at Chester