Show of steel from Macc sinks Dover
MACCLESFIELD Town made sure it was a perfect start to the Bank Holiday weekend after a hard-fought victory at home to Dover Athletic.
Tyrone Marsh got the only goal of the match in the second half to help his side come out on top at the Moss Rose.
Macclesfield assistant manager Steve Watson was delighted with the win, and praised his team for their efforts.
“We certainly will play a lot better than that, but it was a very important win,” he told the club’s official website.
“Dover are a good side, they have had a good start to the season and they are a tough side to beat – they play a lot like Sutton and Gateshead.
“We had to earn the right to be in the game and match them physically as best we could despite the height difference.
“The first half was a little bit scrappy but I still think we carved out the best chances. Dover huffed and puffed in the second half and put a lot of balls in the box as we knew they would, but we stayed resolute and kept a good clean sheet.”
Watson was also extremely impressed with the performance of Elliot Durrell, who played a key role in the match on his return from injury.
“He’s a really good footballer. In the first half, we felt he was playing a little bit narrow and going looking for the ball and in the second half he gave us that width and balance,” he said.
“That’s the position we want him in - taking a touch and crossing the ball,
‘We had to earn the right to be in it and match them physically’
there’s not many better than him in the league at doing that.”
Macclesfield started the game against Dover brightly and had chances in the first half, but they couldn’t take them and it remained goalless at the interval.
The Silkmen made the breakthrough on 49 minutes though when Durrell’s cross was headed home by Marsh at the back post to make it 1-0.
Dover went in search of an equaliser during the remainder but Macclesfield defended well to hold on and pick up the win.