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Posted Sat 12 Dec 09 at 18:47 PM

Macclesfield Town 3 - 1 Hereford United

Strikes either side of half time from Emile Sinclair and Ben Wright's first goal for the club gave Macclesfield a first win in seven.

The victory was the first time Macc had scored three in a game since February and will be a welcome relief after Keith Alexander's side had hit the net just once in their last four outings.

Due to recent injury problems the Silkmen started with five at the back with Sean Hessey making his first start of the season and Wright and Sinclair as the strikeforce.

A dull opening half hour saw few chances with just a wayward Nat Brown header and Colin Daniel's dragged shot from 20 yards the only real efforts of note.Hereford had more of the ball but rarely threatened besides the long throws of Keith Lowe and the occasional efforts from French striker Mathieu Manset.

His left footed drive called Jon Brain into action for the first time on 32 minutes when he turned inside and fired low to the near corner but the keeper was down quickly to palm around the post.From the resulting corner Craig King was found in acres of space on the edge of the area but fired wildly over.

Marc Pugh's neat turn gave him space to curl over from the left of the box and Kenny Lunt came close when he got behind the home defence and his scooped effort from an impossible angle came back off the outside of the post and back into the arms of the grateful Brain.

Emile Sinclair found the net with Macc's first shot on target 43 minutes in, with one Bulls keeper Adam Bartlett won't want to see again.The speedy forward collected a ball on the break and with the defence backing off his low drive was fumbled into the net off the inside of the post to Bartlett's despair.


Emile Sinclair - First half goal gave the striker a confidence boost and his brace earned him the man of the match award

The goal out of the blue gave the home side confidence and after Carl Tremarco's cross from the left narrowly evaded Wright and Sinclair, the Silkmen doubled their lead seconds before half time.Nat Brown's downward header from a Paul Bolland corner was scrambled home from close range by Wright for his first goal in 20 appearances.

After the break Macc seemed to play with renewed confidence, especially Sinclair who looked to find the determination to match his pace.One speedy run took him past two challenges before he was halted on the edge of the box and Izak Reid just failed to pick up the loose ball.

Sinclair could have grabbed another when he was played through by Colin Daniel's clever quickly taken free kick but shot straight at the legs of Bartlett.

The five at the back seemed to keep out the little second half threat they had to contend with but Brain did have to stay alert to dive low to his right to get a hand to Manset's shot on the turn in the 52nd minute.

Paul Morgan did well to prod the ball behind when Marc Pugh looked to be in on goal and from the corner Darren Jones headed well wide when well placed eight yards out.

The victory was assured with just over 20 minutes left when Wright's slide rule pass allowed Sinclair to beat the offside trap and confidently slot past Bartlett for his third of the campaign.

The former Forest striker was denied the opportunity to bag a hat-trick as he was replaced minutes later to a standing ovation from parts of the Moss Rose crowd, and the on-coming Matthew Tipton was soon into the action but his long range effort was well held.

Sam Gwynne's vicious drive flew over and Pugh sliced a volley horribly wide as the Silkmen took their foot off the pedal in the closing stages.

Substitute Leon Constantine smashed home a stoppage time consolation after Gavin McCallum was tackled on the edge of the box and the ball fell into the path of the ex-Port Vale striker to give Brain no chance from just outside the box.

Andy Brinkhurst

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