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Posted Tue 03 Jul 12 at 23:08 PM

Macclesfield Town 2-0 Dartford

Macclesfield Town notched up their second home win in a week as they beat Dartford 2-0 at the Moss Rose.

The goals came in either half as an own goal and a penalty from Charlie Henry saw a spirited Dartford side leaving Cheshire with nothing to show for their efforts.

The Silkmen picked up their second win of the season, and remained unbeaten at the Moss Rose, and yet to concede a goal as they matched their ersult against Wrexham with a 2-0 win over Dartford.

The Silkmen started well and Charlie Henry twice put balls into the box from wide positions which cause Dartford problems, but the Silkmen would allow the visitors early chances of their own, with three goalscoring opportunities in only a few minutes.

First, a poor ball in midfield let Dartford run clear, and the ball was worked down the left, but the cross missed both attackers and defenders to roll to safety.  Five minutes later, another sloppy pass in midfield let Dartofrd attack again, and Erskine found himself one-on-one with Cronin, but the Silkmen's stopped was able to block the shot.

The next chance fell to Crawford who, after a Silkmen attack broke down was at the sharp end of a Dartford attack, but with the goal at his mercy, he curled it wide of the far post. And he found himself clear again a few minutes later, but shot wide again.

The Silkmen, however, weathered the storm and started to attack their visitors. Sam Wedgbury forced a solid save from Bettinelli in the Dartford goal and their defence was again on form to head away a Jackson cross before the Silkmen took the lead.

Luck has been somewhat absent from the Moss Rose in recent months, so it was good to be on the right side of some for a change. Charlie Henry whipped in a fierce cross and Tom Champion could only meet the ball and loop it past his own 'keeper to give the Silkmen the lead.

The Silkmen were well on top at this point and a lovely ball from Kissock found Barnes-Homer in the box, but he saw his shot on the turn saved. Charlie Henry was then unfortunate not to add to the goals twice with a pair of solo runs that ended with a low shot that was saved.

It was Waide Fairhurst's turn to test the visiting defence and with half time approaching he found space to fire over the bar from 20 yards before seeing his shot deflected after Barnes-Homer had seen his shot blocked. Nat Brown could also have found the back of the net when he met another Henry cross at the far post, but nodded the ball over the bar just before half time.

The Silkmen picked up where they left off in the second half and Ryan Jackson could have won a penalty when he seemed to have been brought down after a nice solo run. The first Silkmen sub was soon after. JP Kissock was taken out with a nasty looking challengem and couldn't continue with an injury which now looks to be a dead-leg. Jack Mackreth replacing him.
Another close call for the Silkmen came within minutes as Matty Barnes-Homer looked up from wide on the right and had a pop, only to see the ball rebound from the inside of post.
After the Silkmen had been thankful for a miss in the first half, they returned the favour to Dartford when Barnes-Homer sidefooted a low Mackreth shot wide when he was clear in the box, and will all the goal to aim at.

Dartford had another good spell of pressure, with about 20 minutes left on the clock as a free kick had to be headed behind by Barnes-Homer, and the corner almost drifted straight in but for the reactions of Lance Cronin, who tipped it over the bar. Campion then tried to redress the balance from the earlier own goal with a long range effort that Cronin saved.

Mackreth went close twice in quick succession as he first hit a long shot that cleared the bar before hitting a long range looping effort that beat the 'keeper but rebounded off the bar.

Another Dartford chance came from a free kick which almost met the head of an attacker, but thankfully bounced wide and Charlie Henry was denied a deserved goal when his curling shot flew just over the bar.

But the midfielder was destined to open his Silkmen account and a Mackreth cross was blocked by the elbow of Mark Arber, and the referee pointed to the spot. Henry stepped up and hit it low and hard to make the score 2-0, before celebrating with his trademark backflip.

Three minutes were shown by the fourth official and the Silkmen went closest to scoring when a low cross from Edmans was slid wide by a Dartford defender, but only just as it almost snuck in for an own goal before full time.

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