Silkmen narrowly beaten in pre-season clash.
Macclesfield Town were beaten 2-1 by a young Stoke City side at the Moss Rose in the final pre-season match of the campaign.
The Silkmen started brightly against the young Stoke side as Jack Mackreth got away from a defender to roll a shot the wrong side of the post.
But the opening goal came as Connor Jennings chased through a looping ball over the defence, but Stoke defender Jordan Keane got his head to the ball first, but could only nod the ball over his own onrushing ‘keeper.
The Silkmen went close again as a Connor cross towards Jennings was clipped inches wide of the post, and moments later, a ball spilled by the Stoke ‘keeper fell to Steve Williams, but he side-footed over from close range.
A long drive from Rowe took a nick and went wide for a corner which James Bolton met at the far post with a volley, but he couldn’t keep it down.
The visitors best chance of the opening 20 minutes came as arun down the right saw a cross deep across the six yard box, but Adam Thomas was unable to get the decisive touch.
But it was the Silkmen on the attack again seconds later as Connor Jennings met a Mackreth cross with a diving header, but again could only see the ball steered over.
With the Silkmen pushing forward, a free kick for Macc was cleared and set up a good breakaway, with four Stoke forwards chasing down James Bolton, but forced wide, Thomas’ cross was gathered by Taylor before James Alabi worked his way into the box but blazed over.
The flurry of early chances dried up a little later in the half, and the best for the Silkmen came when Jennings received the ball in the box, but miscontrolled before Rowe shot over from long range.
Half time saw Connor Jennings and JP Kissock off for Chris Holroyd and Scott Boden, as the visitors equalised in the opening moments of the half when Charlie Ward powered a strike past Rhys Taylor.
Jack Mackreth was then replaced as Peter Winn made his first appearance of pre-season after recovering from injury, and caused problems early with a backheel to Rowe which won the Silkmen a corner.
Alex-Ray Harvey, Paul Lewis and An unnamed trialist on for Danny Whitaker, Scot Kay and James Bolton, and Harvey was immediately in the mix, hitting a shot from deep in the area too close to the ‘keeper. And a few moments later Peter Winn was unlucky not to score as he met a cross with a spectacular volley that ricocheted over from the back of a defender.
Another substitute was in the action again soon after as the trialist with no name clumsily tackled James Alabi in the box to earn the visitors a penalty, which he stepped up to put away.
Danny Rowe was replaced by trialist James Gorfin a few minutes before Alabi forced a good save from the feet of Taylor from close range and at the other end Gorfin could have scored as he stretched to meet a cross, but just failed to meet the ball before being replaced by Arthur Gnahoua.
Adam Thomas shot wide for the visitors as the game drifted towards injury time and Peter Winn hit a long range free kick which tested the ‘keeper, but was saved.