Show of steel from Macc sinks Dover

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

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.

David Tol­l­i­day

El­liott Dur­rell

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