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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:43 AM

Silkmen suffer close-fought defeat

The Moss Rose was treated to a back and forth battle in the Cheshire derby, in which Macclesfield Town saw a 1-0 lead slip away in the dying minutes.

Danny Whitehead put Macc in the lead as he grabbed his first goal for the Silkmen on his full debut and it looked as though it would be enough to pick up all three points.

However two very late goals from Tom Peers and Craig Hobson enabled Chester to snatch a win on their travels. 

Chester began the game on the front foot, Johnny Hunt received a reverse pass to release him in behind Andy Halls, however his cross could only flash past Ritchie Branagan and the oncoming attackers.

Jordan Chappell then squandered two opportunities for the away side, dragging his first effort past the far post, before Branagan produced a fine save from Chappell’s half volley.

With 11 minutes gone, Kristian Dennis was the first Macc player to test the Seals’ defence, neat work from Danny Rowe and Danny Whitaker freed up Dennis on the left, but he could only direct his shot into the side netting.

Rowe was then on hand to threaten Jon Worsnop in the Chester goal, however he could only blast over from 20 yards, before glancing a header just wide of the post.

Neither side were able to gain a foothold in the game in the first 25 minutes, Whitaker forced Worsnop into a decent save, whilst Craig Hobson was using his size and strength at the other end to create chances. However both sides were lacking a killer touch and the first half ended goalless. 

Macclesfield fell straight into their groove at the start of the second half, Rowe looked dangerous with every attack, whilst Whitaker looked in control of the midfield tempo.

The home side finally took the lead on the 53rd minute, the ball was clipped into Sampson, who knocked it down into the box, a scramble saw the ball break out to Whitehead and he dribbled past one defender before guiding the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

The away side then pushed the Silkmen back immediately, Rowe handled the ball and a free kick was awarded from 20 yards out. John Rooney stepped up to take it but his strike was headed off the line by George Pilkington.

Tension was rising at the Moss Rose with 72 minutes gone, the ball fell kindly to George Thomson at the back post, his close range shot looked to be goal bound but Byrne was on hand to clear the ball off the line once again.

As the game moved into the 90th minute, it appeared as though Macclesfield would hold out for the victory. However Chester grabbed an equaliser as Rooney lofted a free kick into the box and substitute, Tom Peers was first to react at the back post to level the game.

Then deep into stoppage time, Hobson gathered possession on the edge of the box, he turned Pilkington and guided a low shot into the bottom right hand corner with virtually the last kick of the game. 

The final whistle blew and Macclesfield were left regretting their missed chances. The 2-1 defeat means three losses on the bounce for the Silkmen as they head into an away fixture against Grimsby on Monday night.

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