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Posted Sat 23 Jan 16 at 06:05 AM

Home defeat for Macc

Macclesfield Town fell to defeat in the Vanarama National League at the hands of Torquay United, with goals from Nathan Blissett on either side of half-time.

Kristian Dennis had put Macc level just before the interval after getting on the end of a Paul Turnbull cross.

Macclesfield continued to push for an equaliser till the final whistle but were unable to get the goal and the defeat leaves the Silkmen in 12th position in the National League

It was a quiet opening to the game as both sides looked to try and get an upper hand and take control of the game, as the opening was played out in midfield.

The Silkmen tried their luck with crosses into the box, one from Fitzpatrick was cleared away and another by Andy Halls who was looking for Paul Lewis but the midfielder wasn’t able to get a strong connection on the effort.

However, it was the Gulls who made the breakthrough and it was through striker Nathan Blissett who latched on to the ball and had Jalal chasing, but he was able to tap home into an empty net to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Macc looked to get straight back into the game and had a chance through Lewis, who was in a tight angle inside the penalty area and Daniel Lavercombe saved.

The visitors had a chance in the 33rd minute to double their lead, Daniel Racchi stood over a free-kick from about 25-yard out, but fired wide of the target.

The best chance for the Silkmem up until then fell to top scorer Kristian Dennis, who latched on to an Andy Halls cross and forced an excellent save from the Lavercombe and the resulting corner saw Tony Diagne head over.

Seven minutes later, Dennis made no mistake and got himself on the score sheet getting Macc’s equaliser after latching on to a Paul Turnbull cross to put the Silkmen level just before the half-time whistle.

Following the re-start, Shwan Jalal was called into action when he had to deny a Durrell Berry effort from inside the box, which was eventually cleared by George Pilkington.

However, from the resulting corner, Torquay made it 2-1 when Nathan Blissett got his second of the game and headed past Jalal in the 48th minute.

Macc didn’t waste any time trying to get back into the game and it was Danny Whitaker who had a pop from outside the area, but his effort was well over.

Shwan Jalal was called into action a few minutes later, the keeper was faced with a one on one with Toby Ajala and was able to get some contact on it to push the midfielder wide and his eventual shot was cleared off the line for a corner by Fitzpatrick.

The corner then saw Blissett almost complete a hat-trick when he headed on to the cross-bar in the 57th minute.

Macc looked to change things and Theo Bailey-Jones and Reece Styche came on for Paul Lewis and Danny Whitaker and Styche made an instant impact with a shot from distance which was well saved.

It was the turn of the next substitute, Bailey-Jones to try his luck and after a good run down the right-hand side, he was able to make space to get a shot away, but it went just wide.

Jimmy Phillips, who was making his first start for the club, was the next to have a shot on goal, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

The Silkmen came within inches of getting level in the 70th minute when Dennis got a shot away from inside the box and the ball went agonisingly wide past the post.

The top goal scorer didn’t stop there, he came close again a few moments later when he was on the end of a Pilkington head back from a corner, but his header went narrowly wide.

Macc continued to push up until the last minute, when Danny Whitehead had a shot on the edge of the box saved by Lavercombe, but the Silkmen were unable to get the equaliser.

Line Ups:

Macclesfield: Jalal, Halls, Pilkington, Turnbull, Lewis (Styche 57), Dennis, Diagne (McCombe), Whitehead, Fitzpatrick, Whitaker (Bailey-Jones), Phillips

SUBS: Branagan, McCombe, Bailey-Jones, Cowan, Styche

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