Macclesfield Town produced a fine display in a damp Wales on Saturday to grab their fourth league win in a row with a 3-2 victory over promotion-chasing Wrexham.
Kristian Dennis continued his fine goal scoring form as he bagged his 20th goal of the season with goals in both halves, before Danny Whitaker grabbed a crucial third goal. As a result the Silkmen leapfrog the Welsh side to be within touching distance of the play-off places.
The game was very much influenced by the terrible weather that fell upon the Racecourse Ground before, and throughout, the match. Leaving parts of the playing surface saturated to the point that the movement of the ball would be affected.
That didn’t stop John Askey’s men from having the first effort at goal in the eighth minute when Danny Whitehead made the most of some sloppy passing from the Wrexham midfield. The former West Ham man ran towards goal unchallenged before shooting just wide of the goal.
Macclesfield made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Chris Holroyd ran at Jamal Fyfield, who couldn’t cope with the winger’s direct dribbling.
The number nine then found Dennis in the penalty area who fired a shot straight down the middle of Rhys Taylor’s goal at point-blank range, putting the Silkmen ahead.
However the lead only last for nine minutes when former Town player Connor Jennings pounced on Jalal’s effort to keep out a shot from Wrexham’s Blaine Hudson. No one was on hand to prevent the host’s captain from tapping into an empty net.
Just three minutes into the second half Dennis got his, and Macclesfield’s, second goal.
The Wrexham defence lost possession in their own third, meaning Whitaker could find the striker to slot past Taylor to become the Vanarama National League’s top goal scorer – his 17th in the league and 20th in all competitions.
It wasn’t until the 71st minute when the Silkmen built on their lead through Whitaker.
Dennis played a lovely pass into Holroyd on the right wing, who then played an inch-perfect ball across the back four into the path of the midfielder. The rest was elementary for such an experienced player as he beat the former Macc goalkeeper at his far post.
Wrexham, despite struggling for large periods of the second half, managed to give themselves a lifeline five minutes later.
Substitute James Gray smashed the ball into the top corner of the net after the visitor’s efforts to clear a Dominic Vose corner.
David Fitzpatrick had a good chance to put the game beyond all doubt when he rattled the woodwork in the 86th minute.
The left-back marauded into the penalty area unchallenged and tried to beat Taylor at his near post, but his effort could only cannon back off the post.
Askey’s side went managed to see the game out and walked away from the Wrexham with all three points.
Wrexham Team: Taylor; Smith, Hudson, Fyfield, Newton; Moke, Vose, Evans (Gray), York (O’Brien), Carrington (Caton); Jennings
Unused subs: McKenzie, Nolan
Macclesfield Team: Jalal; Cowan, Byrne, Diagne, Fitzpatrick; Holroyd, Lewis (Halls), Whitehead (Rowe), Turnbull, Whitaker; Dennis (Sampson)
Unused subs: Branagan, Pilkington
Referee: Michael Salisbury