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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:52 AM

Silkmen slip to loss against Shots

Macclesfield Town fell to defeat at the Moss Rose in the Vanarama National League against Aldershot Town.

The visitors scored in both halves through Alfie Pavey and Damon Lathrope were enough to beat a battling Macc side, who will count themselves unlucky to come away with nothing.

It was the Silkmen who had the first chance of the game and it came from a fantastic solo run from Danny Rowe on the right-hand side, he then played in Danny Whitehead, who was free in the box, but the midfielder couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Just a minute later, Aldershot had their first look in on goal, but top goal scorer, Charlie Walker, was unable to direct his header from a cross on goal and the ball went well over the bar.

In an exciting start, Macc went up other end looking to make their mark, and the chance fell to Tony Diagne, who started in midfield for the game. Tony met a ball in from Andy Halls, but he headed wide.

Ritchie Branagan was called into action for the first time and it was a great save to deny Rhys Browne, who had a shot from distance.

It was an end to end opening to the game, as Danny Rowe forced a strong save from Shots keeper Phil Smith who was scrambling to reach the wingers header.

However, it was the Shots who opened the scoring, a cross from the right came in from Dan Walker and it was met by Alfie Pavey who headed past Branagan, to make it 1-0.

Macc looked to get back into the game and grab an equaliser and it was Rowe who had the chance from a tight angle, but Smith was equal to it and kept the effort out.

The Silkmen continued to push and a cross across the ground from Kristian Dennis was met by the on running Diagne and his shot went just narrowly wide.

Shots continued to rain on the Aldershot goal and it was Rowe again who tried his luck from distance but again it was another save from Smith.

Captain Paul Turnbull, was next to have a shot on the visitors goal, a smart free-kick between himself and Rowe, was eventually hit by Bully, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

Danny Whitehead came the closest to getting Macc level towards the end of the first-half, the midfielder brought the ball down well, took a touch and curled his effort inches wide of the post, as the two teams went in at the break.

The second half got back under way and Macc made a substitution, with Chris Holroyd coming on from Diagne, but it was the Shots who had the first chance of the half as Jake Gallagher fired over the bar.

The Silkmen made another substitution early on in the second half, as captain Paul Turnbull was replaced by Chris Sutherland, who made an instant impact causing trouble down the right wing.

Macc continued to push to get that equaliser and Whitehead stung the hands of Smith with a shot from distance.

However, it was the Shots who doubled their lead in the 65th minute, a free-kick from Damon Lathrope from around 35-yard, beat Ritchie Branagan to make it 2-0.

It was almost 3-0 to Aldershot in the 79th minute, but a fantastic save from Branagan denied debutant Ross Lafayette who joined from Eastleigh.

The Silkmen were unable to make the breakthrough to get back into the game and suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Shots.

Macclesfield Town: Branagan, Halls, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull (Sutherland), Diagne (Holroyd), Whitehead, Whitaker, Rowe (Robles), Dennis

Subs not used: Jalal, Cowan

Aldershot Town: Smith, McGinty, Oastler, Beckles, Alexander, Lathrope, D.Walker, Browne (Richards), Gallagher, Pavey (Stevenson), C.Walker (Lafayette)

Subs not used: Oliver, Thomas

Today’s attendance: 1,515

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