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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:51 AM

Great start to 2016 for Macc

Macclesfield Town made it back to back away wins in the National League, with a fantastic display at Prenton Park against Tranmere Rovers.

In the second clash within the space of a week between the two sides, it was the Silkmen who came out on top thanks to a first goal of the season for striker Jack Sampson.

Two superb saves from Ritchie Brangan, who replaced the injured Shwan Jalal early on, helped to ensure the win which lifts Macc into the play-off places.

The first chance of the game fell to the Silkmen, after a ball up field from David Fitzpatrick was met by Jack Sampson, who's lay off found Paul Lewis and the midfielder got a shot away from distance that stung the hands of Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.

At the other end, Rovers had their first effort of the game through midfielder Adam Mekki, who’s effort was hit straight at Shwan Jalal and he made the save. However, the keeper picked up a knock during the save and was replaced by Ritchie Branagan in the 11th minute.

The goalkeeper was called into action minutes after coming on and it was Mekki again with a curling shot from distance, but Branagan was equal to it and made the save.

In the 17th minute, a powerful run down the left-hand side from Danny Rowe opened up the Tranmere defence and he picked out Chris Holroyd, but the strikers effort was deflected wide.

Macclesfield’s luck with injuries didn’t stop with Jalal and this time it was Paul Lewis who was forced off in the 21st minute with a knock and was replaced by Danny Whitaker.

And it was Whitaker who began a great move for the Silkmen that lead to the only goal of the game. His pass found Danny Rowe, who laid it off to Fitzpatrick, who then picked out Holroyd and the number nine picked out Jack Sampson in the box and the striker finished the move to make it 1-0 to Macclesfield in the 31st minute.

Tranmere almost hit straight back after a corner, eventually made its way to Lois Maynard, but the midfielder blazed over from inside the area.

Moments later, it was almost 2-0 to the Silkmen and it was Rowe with a thunderous half-volley from around 25-yards out, which just went narrowly wide.

After the half-time interval, the hosts looked to get back into the game and in the 53rd minute, a corner was met by Jeff Hughes, but he was denied only by a fantastic save by Branagan, after the ball had looked to be going in.

Hughes had a take two just four minutes later, but this time he couldn’t make a save out of Branagan this time and the ball went wide of the post.

The Silkmen had their first attack of the half in the 60th minute when a Holroyd cross was met by Sampson, but the striker couldn’t get his second of the game as he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

The hosts continued to press to try break the resilient Macclesfield defence and a last ditch Neill Byrne challenge on James Norwood, denied the Rovers striker an opportunity on goal.

Macc continued to hold off the Tranmere threat and almost doubled the lead in the 72nd minute, but nobody could get on the end of David Fitzpatrick’s ball across the six-yard box.

Tranmere continued to press and in the 85th minute, only another fantastic save from Ritchie Branagan this time at point blank to deny Cole Stockton getting the hosts the equaliser.

A dramatic twist almost came  late into stoppage time as a corner for Tranmere was met by captain Steven Jennings and he rifled it into the back of the net, but the linesman’s flag was up and the goal was ruled out.

But Jack Sampson’s goal and a great display by Macclesfield ensured the Sillkmen would come away with all three points as the final whistle went at Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies, Hill, McNulty, Ihekwe, Vaughan, Hughes (Tomlinson 71), Harris, Jennings, Maynard, Mekki (Stockton 82), Norwood

Subs not used: Turner, Sutton, Kirkby

Macclesfield Town: Jalal (Brangan 11), Halls, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull, Lewis (Whitaker 21), Rowe (Diagne 83), Holroyd, Dennis, Sampson

Subs not used: Whitehead, Cowan


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