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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:48 AM

Derby Delight For Macc

Macclesfield earned the bragging rights in the derby as they cruised to victory at the Moss Rose thanks to goals from Kristian Dennis, Danny Whitaker and Chris Holroyd.

The Silkmen got back to winning ways following three defeats on the road and closed the gap to five points on the Play-Offs, moving up to twelfth in the National League.

It was Alty who had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute and it was fullback Jordan Sinnott, as the defender tried his luck from right hand side of the edge of the box and saw his effort rebound off the crossbar.

But it was the Silkmen who took the lead and it was that man again Kristian Dennis, who grabbed his 14th goal of the season, after taking a touch just inside the box he turned to get his shot away and fired it past Tim Deasy to put Macc in front.

In the 17th minute, Scott Leather of Altrincham picked up the first yellow card of the game, for a foul on Paul Lewis, who from the resulting free-kick, headed just over the bar following a great effort.

However, The Robins could have equalised in the 21st minute, but in what must be a contender for miss of the season, Damian Reeves fired wide from a matter of yards out with the goal gaping.

Neill Byrne was making his first start since his long-term injury and was close to doubling the Silkmen’s lead in the 29th minute, after getting on the end of a corner, but he couldn’t direct the header on target.

During the first half, the away sides discipline seemed an issue and in the 39th minute, Josh O’Keefe could have quite easily have seen red for a foul on David Fitzpatrick, but was only shown a yellow from the referee.

Macclesfield doubled their lead just a minute later and it was Danny Whitaker, as the midfielder won the ball deep in the visitors half and shot from outside of the box and with the help of a deflection it looped over Deasy and made it 2-0.

Just before half time whistle, controversy struck as a fantastic spell from Macc resulted in Dennis playing in Paul Lewis, who to everyone in the stadium, looked to have been fouled in the box, but the referee waved away the decision before blowing up for the interval.

It was a quiet start to the second half, but Macclesfield picked up from where they left off and continued to put pressure on the away side, as they looked for a third.

Paul Lewis, who came back into after an injury, had a good game before he was replaced in the 70th minute by Danny Rowe and Kristian Dennis was also replaced a few minutes later by Reece Styche for his first appearance at the Moss Rose.

Styche made an immediate impact after holding up the ball and starting the attack by playing in Whitaker who found Chris Holroyd and the number nine fired past Deasy to make it 3-0.

It could have been 4-0 a matter of moments later, as from the restart Danny Rowe eventually picked up the ball on the left hand side and ran past Adam Griffin opening up space to get his shot away, which was saved.

The pressure didn’t stop there as captain Paul Turnbull got in on the act and tried his luck from distance and he stung the palms of the Alty keeper as he denied Bully.

Tim Deasy would have thought when he would get a rest as shots continued to rain down on the keeper, as he was called into action again, keeping out a Reece Styche header.

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