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Posted Sat 04 Jul 15 at 07:56 AM

Silkmen complete perfect Easter

Macclesfield Town made it the perfect Easter weekend as Reece Styche scored his fourth goal in two games to help see-off promotion chasing Grimsby Town.

Jack Sampson had put the Silkmen ahead in the first-half, but Grimsby levelled just after the break through Jon Nolan. Thankfully for the Silkmen, Styche fresh from his hat-trick at Gateshead struck a winner for to round off an excellent few days for the Football Club.

Ahead of their second game over the Easter period, boss John Askey was able to recall Danny Whitehead to the team in place of skipper Paul Turnbull, while top-scorer Kristian Dennis was named on the substitutes bench.

Soon after kick-off, Macclesfield were showing the sort of form that saw them emphatically record a 3-0 win at Gateshead on Good Friday. Danny Whitaker found Chris Holroyd in the box, but his effort was just diverted past the post by James McKeown in the visiting goal.

Keeper Shwan Jalal in the Macclesfield goal had a very quiet opening to the game although he did have to keep out tame effort from Grimsby forward Omar Bogle. Moments later Holroyd glanced a dangerous free-kick just wide at the other end.

Even though it was the Silkmen who were doing the early pressing, Grimsby had two chances in quick succession. First Jalal had to tip a looping header by Craig Clay over before Padraig Amond  lashed an effort wide.

You got the feeling that Grimsby were just getting in to their stride, but on 26 minutes, the Silkmen took the lead. Macclesfield won possession in a dangerous area allowing Danny Rowe to burst in to the box. Rowe showed great composure to lift the ball over McKeown and towards the goal where Sampson was on hand to turn the ball home.

With a goal advantage, Askey's side were now playing with real confidence. Styche had a free-kick well blocked before causing problems down the Grimsby right. After breaking in to the box the hero from the Gateshead win looked to find the on-rushing Whitaker but Grimsby just managed to clear.

Holroyd was causing real problems down the Grimsby left and after more high pressing from the winger, Whitaker this time had an effort on goal that just drifted wide.

After a very impressive display from the Silkmen, it was no surprise when Grimsby boss Paul Hurst opted for an early change as Clay was replaced by Ryan Jennings.

That was the last real action of the first-half as the Silkmen  took a 1-0 lead in to the break.

After the break, Grimsby began to come much more in to the game. Amond tested Jalal with a low drive that was well saved before Rowe had an effort saved by McKeown's legs at the other end.

That save from McKeown proved to be vital as moments later Grimsby were level. Bogle held the ball and up and fed in Nolan who made no mistake with a clinical finish past Jalal.

With the added confidence from the equaliser Grimsby were looking very dangerous and  Nathan Arnold forced Jalal to rush off his line and make a fine save to keep the scores level. Moments later Disley tested Jalal from distance.

As it looked like Grimsby were gaining the initiative, Styche gave Macclesfield the lead. The forward latched on to a through-ball from Holroyd to beat the offside trap and under pressure from Aristote  Nsiala he rolled the ball home to give Macclesfield the lead.

That was the fourth goal for Styche over the Easter Weekend but Macclesfield were still under pressure and Jalal had to make another smart stop to deny Arnold before Disley lashed an effort wide.

Andy halls was replaced by Dan Cowan before Tony Diagne replaced the impressive Styche as the game entered the closing stages.

With Grimsby throwing men forward desperately in a bid for a leveller, Macclesfield were always going to get chances on the break and a good run from Whitaker saw him find Whitehead. The on-loan Wigan man composed himself before hitting a powerful drive from the edge of the box that cannoned back of the post.

Just when it looked like Macc would see-out  five added minutes comfortably, Nolan found space in the box and looked certain to level the game. Thankfully for the Silkmen his drifted effort flew past the post to allow Macc to record an impressive win over the promotion hunting Mariners and make it the perfect Easter with six points from six.

Macclesfield: Jalal, Halls (Cowan), McCombe, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Whitehead, Whitaker, Rowe, Holroyd, Styche (Diagne), Sampson

Goals:  Macc:  Sampson (26), Styche (68), Grimsby: Nolan (58)

Booked: Jalal, Halls, Sampson, Whitehead, McCombe, Fitzpatrick 

Attendance: 2326, (928 away fans)


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