As the 2017/18 season continued to take shape, Macclesfield Town began the month of November third in the National League table.
They began the month with an FA Cup first round tie away at Forest Green Rovers. A 5-0 victory over Stourbridge had set up the tie for John Askey’s men, and they made the journey to Gloucestershire full of confidence after three wins out of five in the previous month.
However, they would progress no further, as Christian Doidge’s 42nd-minute winner proved to be the only goal of the game at The New Lawn. Danny Whitehead almost equalised for Macclesfield on the day, but Forest Green advanced to take on Exeter City in the following round.
With their full attention now firmly on the league, The Silkmen players bounced back in the best possible style. A 27th-minute strike from Jared Hodgkiss and a powerful close-range effort from Elliot Durrell was enough to see off the challenge of struggling Barrow at Holker Street.
With the top of the table continuing to remain tight, the 2-0 victory moved Macclesfield just one place behind leaders Dover in second. Wrexham dropped down one to third, and early league leaders, Sutton, remained just three points off the top in fourth.
In such a tight scenario, the movement was always likely to continue, and a 0-0 draw at home to Boreham Wood (later play-off finalists) on the 18th saw Macclesfield drop down into fourth spot. Despite this, though, they would end the month three unbeaten in the league, as the club’s goal of the season would make all the headlines.
Ryan Lloyd, catching the sight of Maidenhead goalkeeper Carl Pentney off his line, took aim from inside his own half and left the entire ground stunned as he wheeled away in celebration.
Even a late consolation goal from Jake Hyde couldn’t take the limelight away from Lloyd’s striker, but his side knew they would enter December on 38 points.
By Steven Dale