2017/18 Season Review: March

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 15 Jun 2018

March proved to be a key month for Macclesfield Town, with the Silkmen consolidating their position at the top of the National League table as they amassed 10 points from a possible 15.

The first game of the month saw John Askey’s side display their true title credentials, as they came from behind to beat Barrow 3-1 at the Moss Rose.

Barrow’s loanee striker Luke James put the visitors ahead, but a superb display from Mitch Hancox seen the left-back score an emphatic 25-yard strike before winning a penalty that was easily dispatched by Danny Whitaker. Elliot Durrell rubber-stamped the win for The Silkmen after smashing home Scott Wilson’s lay-off.

Macclesfield travelled down to the south-coast a week later to visit The Crabble but seen their six-game unbeaten run ended as Dover secured a 2-0 victory.

The home side boosted their own play-off chances as two goals from debutant Keanu Marsh-Brown ensured defeat for The Silkmen, who stayed top by two points as Sutton United fell to defeat against Macclesfield’s next opponents, Maidstone United.

John Askey’s side made the trip down to the Gallagher Stadium on the Tuesday night, and were denied all three points as Ross Lafayette equalised for the home side late on.

A Joe Anderson free-kick could only be parried by Shwan Jalal and Alex Wynter was the quickest to react, putting Maidstone ahead after 19 minutes. But The Silkmen responded well, and Whitaker equalised on the 52nd minute mark. Pressing for the winner, Durrell managed to find some space on the edge of the area before curling a delicious effort into the far corner.

However, it wasn’t enough for victory as Lafayette fired in an equaliser with seven minutes remaining, but the result meant The Silkmen could extend their advantage to three points over Sutton United.

Next up for Macclesfield was the visit of Gateshead United, and The Silkmen needed a last-minute Nathan Blissett header to secure all three points.

The victory meant John Askey’s side returned to the top of the National League with seven games remaining, and Blissett’s header could not have arrived at a better time as his 89th minute strike brought relief and jubilation around the Moss Rose.

Macc’s final game of the month came in the shape of yet another southbound away trip against a Woking side that found themselves in freefall.

After falling behind once again, this time to Charlie Carter who poked home from close range, The Silkmen rallied and levelled just 15 minutes later through the Gateshead hero Blissett.

Despite the waterlogged conditions, Macc continued to play at a high tempo and were rewarded on the 54th minute as Tyrone Marsh powered through an unstoppable volley.

However it was a similar case of Maidstone déjà vu as Reece Grego-Cox equalised for Woking with six minutes remaining. Drama ensued, and if the dismissal of manager Askey to the stands wasn’t heart-racing enough, then the bizarre goal that followed was a moment to be cherished.

The waterlogged pitch looked to have denied Marsh of his 94th minute winner despite his celebrations, however Danny Whitehead was on hand to slide the ball home and secure all three points for Macclesfield.

That goal extended Macc’s advantage of the top of the National League table to six points, with Sutton finding themselves playing a difficult game of catch-up. The title was soon becoming The Silkmen’s to lose.

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