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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:44 AM

Tough away trip ends in loss

Goals from Danny Wright and Harry Pell were enough for Cheltenham to beat Macclesfield 2-0 on Tuesday night and maintain their unbeaten run at home this season and inflict a second away defeat in five days on the Silkmen.

Cheltenham started brightly with Wright coming close for the home side, but his close range header went wide of Shwan Jalal's goal, after a good cross from Lee Vaughan evaded Macclesfield's defence.

On the 16th minute the deadlock was broken. Captain Danny Whitake fouled Kyle Storer on the right wing, and it was Storer who sent in the resulting free-kick. His curling effort was headed home by Harry Pell in the centre of the box leaving Jalal with no chance.

Having gone behind early on, Macclesfield almost levelled just five later. After the Robins cleared an in-swinging Macclesfield corner, Danny Rowe hit a half volley from 20 yards out forcing Dillon Phillips to get low down to his right to palm the ball away.

And on the 36th minute, Cheltenham could have been two up. Lee Vaughan, who looked lively all of the first half, played a trademark low cross to Jack Barthram in the six-yard box only for Macclesfield to block and clear the close-range shot.

Just minutes before the half time whistle, Macclesfield's Paul Lewis launched into a heavy challenge on Harry Pell, completely missing the ball and receiving the first caution of the game. From the resulting free-kick, came a move straight off the training ground and into the Macclesfield goal to make it 2-0. Kyle Storer played a short diagonal ball into Billy Waters in the box and his one touch pass was finished by Danny Wright from close-range.

Into the second half and the visitors went close to pulling one back early on. It was Danny Rowe again who looked most dangerous for Macclesfield as his low shot from outside the box went just wide of Phillips in the Cheltenham goal.

The visitors got more of a grasp of the game in the second half as Chris Holroyd fired in a shot just inside the box only for it to skew wide of the left hand post.

Not long after, Danny Wright could have grabbed his second and Cheltenham's third of the night. However Amari Morgan-Smith's through ball was bravely intercepted low down by Shwan Jalal in the Macclesfield goal, as Cheltenham started to re-assert their dominance on the game.

Defensively, Cheltenham looked solid too. Macclesfield's Chris Holroyd powerfully met Danny Whitaker's corner, and when the ball ricocheted off Amari Morgan-Smith, Kyle Storer was on the line to see the ball away.

The 65th minute saw the introduction of James Rowe and Jack Munns off the Robins bench, taking the place of Billy Waters and goal scorer Harry Pell respectively. It was Rowe who looked most likely to score out of the two of them but his long range shot flew over the bar, over the Prestbury Road end and out of the ground.

As the game edged towards the last ten minutes, Macclesfield's Kristian Dennis fired a weak low shot from outside the box as Silkmen endured a frustrating night.

Macclesfield now go into their weekend's game against Forest Green Rovers on the back of two away defeats and will be looking for some home comfort once again.

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