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Posted Tue 03 Jul 12 at 23:08 PM

Silkmen beat Lambs 2-0 at the Moss Rose

Amari Morgan-Smith’s clever backheel and a second half strike from full back Ryan Jackson were enough to give Macclesfield their fourth straight win in league and cup.

The Silkmen never looked in trouble once Morgan-Smith had found the net and could have had more as they eventually coasted home to extend their unbeaten run to six.

Steve King made just one change to his side which overcame the odds to record a famous win at Swindon last week – with Jack Mackreth earning a start at the expense of Anthony McNamee on the right wing.

The former Barrow winger was involved heavily especially in the first half and saw a lot of the ball, with his pace causing the Tamworth defence frequent problems.

Macc called visiting keeper Tony Breeden into action in just the second minute when John Paul Kissock’s shot was blocked and fell to Keiran Murtagh - his crisply hit effort from 25 yards was well held.

In the sixth minute Murtagh’s through ball released Mackreth who went for goal early from the corner of the box but failed to really test the keeper with a tame effort straight at him.

The Lambs came to the Moss Rose with an impressive away record but their attacks were mainly focussed around the aerial threat of 11-goal Adam Cunnington.  In the first half he won more than his fair share of headers but was marshalled very well by Carl Martin and Tony Diagne.

One Cunnington flick-on from a long kick by the keeper looked to have put Peter Till through but a great challenge from Martin denied him an effort on goal.

The Silkmen went ahead on 14 minutes when Mackreth gave the ball to the overlapping Jackson on the right and his low cross was cheekily flicked towards the far corner by Morgan-Smith’s backheel to go in off the post.

Macc should have doubled their lead when Murtagh’s quickly taken free kick put livewire Mackreth through one on one with the keeper but with time to think he seemed caught in two minds and miss-hit well wide from in front of goal.

Tamworth forced a few corners which tested Lance Cronin but the Macc keeper managed to punch most of them well clear and only fumbled once when he was fortunate that the ball dropped to a team mate to clear the danger.

On the half hour Greg Taylor’s long range effort was blocked by Martin but fell kindly to Peter Till who sliced his half volley well wide of the far post.

Mackreth was again on the ball in a dangerous area in the 37th minute and the winger this time cut inside but curled high and wide with his unfavoured left foot.

After his sensational strike at Swindon, Tony Diagne was favourite to strike the set piece when Macc were awarded a free kick just outside the box. However he struck his shot at the wall and when the ball was recovered by Craig Braham-Barrett he teed up Matthew Barnes-Homer to blast wide of the near post.

The final chance of the half fell to Tamworth when a cross from the left was only half cleared and Lloyd Kerry was able to strike at goal but his first time shot flew wide from 15 yards.

Barnes-Homer failed to make the most of a two against two opportunity after he robbed centre back Thomas Marshall on the halfway line as Macc looked to add a second goal to secure the win.

In the 53rd minute Kerry was given space 25 yards out and his vicious effort deflected over the bar off the head of Diagne.

Moments later the Silkmen again should have found the net and again from another Mackreth run breaking the offside trap. The speedy winger raced on to Sam Wedgbury’s through ball and this time tried to go around the keeper but a poor touch failed to give him the right angle to beat the keeper when he shot, and instead he perhaps should have slipped the ball inside to the unmarked Barnes-Homer.

Macc continued to press and on 58 minutes Morgan-Smith’s brilliant ball inside the full back found Jackson’s run and his dangerous low cross was just turned behind for a corner before Barnes-Homer could pounce at the back post.

Breeden made a terrific save to parry Barnes-Homer’s near post header when he connected with Mackreth’s ball in from the right after his pace had left Taylor for dead.

Former Aston Villa and Stoke midfielder Hendrie was perhaps fortunate to be only booked for his rash challenge on Kissock which then led to some pushing and shoving from both sides.

In the 66th minute the Silkmen were awarded another free kick within shooting distance – this time Murtagh took the set piece but shot disappointingly into the wall. The ball bounced back to the lurking Diagne who was urged to shoot and did just that and even with his right foot drew a tremendous stop from Breeden, diving full length to his left.

Macc sealed the points with ten minutes to go from the unlikely source of Ryan Jackson and after making some fine stops in the second half Breeden was beaten with a less spectacular strike. The full back was given space to weigh up his options just outside the box and his low drive wrong-footed the keeper and skimmed past him.

Pablo Mills was immediately brought on to replace Kissock with Steve King happy to hold on with a two goal cushion and Tamworth never looked like forging any sort of come back. In fact leading marksman Barnes-Homer was a fraction away from his 12th of the season but after being found by Murtagh’s precise through ball he curled inches over the top corner.

Andy Brinkhurst

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