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Macclesfield: Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 19 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team
FC Halifax Town beat Macclesfield Town 2-1 to fire them into third place in the Skrill Premier and extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.
Two goals courtesy of Marc Roberts and Chris Smith in the first half fired FC Halifax Town into third and has furthered their chances of reaching Wembley in the play-offs.
Halifax enjoyed a strong first half, scoring two goals in the space of four minutes as the Shaymen secured three points and continued their good home form to make the play-offs.
Halifax are now on a four match winning streak after Marc Roberts scored his fifth goal of the season in the 18th minute to make it 1-0 to the Shaymen.
The corner came in from Adam Smith, who managed to reach Chris Smith in the box, who knocked it down into the path of Roberts, who was there to fire home and place Halifax into an early lead.
Halifax were then awarded a free kick in the 21st minute after Paul Marshall found Simon Ainge in the box who knocked the ball onto Chris Smith, who doubled the lead for Halifax and gave him a goal and an assist for the afternoon.
However Macclesfield then went on to pull one back in the 44th minute through Scott Boden and end Matt Glennon’s run of seven consecutive clean sheets.
FC Halifax Town enjoyed a lively start to the game, with a number of chances early on in the first half.
Lee Gregory had a chance after Danny Lowe passed to Matty Pearson who fought his way into the box to pass back to Gregory who had a shot from outside the box but hit the post.
Marc Roberts then put in a long throw-in into the box and found Lois Maynard in the box, but unfortunately it was headed straight to Macclesfield goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, who was able to clear the danger.
Despite finding themselves 2-0 down, Macclesfield pressed on towards the end of the second half with Scott Boden having a chance on half an hour with a shot fired straight at Matt Glennon.
And it was not long before Macclesfield got their goal through Boden who managed to fire home after a cross from Simon Kay and restore Macclesfield’s hope just before half-time.
The Shaymen came out strong again in the second half and Gregory had a great chance to make it 3-1 and place him as the Skrill Premier’s top goal scorer, after Scott McManus found Gregory in the box but the striker just flashed the ball wide and missed a golden opportunity to extend Halifax’s lead.
As the game went on, Macclesfield enjoyed more possession and created a number of chances, which Glennon managed to keep out.
Danny Rowe had a chance to grab the equaliser but put his chance marginally wide of the post, much to the relief of the Halifax fans.
Halifax looked to set second- half substitute Scott Spencer free on a number of occasions but the on loan Hyde player was unable to get his shot away.
Marshall managed to find McManus on the wing but the Halifax man decided to take his chance early and put his shot over the crossbar.
However as the second half went on, Macclesfield grew in confidence and caused a few nervous moments for the Halifax defence as they enjoyed a number of chances on the Halifax goal. But the Shaymen were able to hold onto their lead and collect all three points at full-time.
FC Halifax Town: Glennon, Ainge, Roberts, C. Smith, Lowe, Marshall, Maynard, A. Smith, Pearson, McManus, Gregory
Substitutes: Senior, Spencer, Crowther, Wilson, Jackson
Goals: Roberts (18th) C.Smith (21st)
Yellow Cards:
Red Cards:
Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Connor, Andrew, Turnbull, Winn, Williams, Boden, Whittaker, Kay, Pilkington, Rowe
Substitutes: Macreth, Lewis, Halls, Branagan
Goals: Boden (44th)
Yellow Cards: Turnbull, Makreth
Red Cards:
Referee: Ross Joyce
Attendance: 2,190

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