Wins against Torquay and Aldershot at the end of September meant the Silkmen entered October with some momentum and an away trip to Guiseley proved to be a very memorable one for John Askey’s side.
Macclesfield climbed to the top of the table for the first time in the season at Nethermoor Park with a 2-1 victory. Danny Whitaker was also celebrating his 400th appearance for Macc and he marked the occasion with a goal. Scott Wilson’s shot bounced back off the post and Whitaker was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring.
Mike Fondop equalised for the hosts but Macc secured all three points four minutes from time when Elliott Durrell drilled the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Ebbslfeet were the next visitors to the Moss Rose with an impressive record in the National League. The away side had only lost once in the league before meeting the Silkmen, form that would eventually see them secure a play-off place. However, Macc extended their winning run to four games in difficult conditions when Mitch Hancox scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute.
October also saw the Silkmen secure their place in the FA Cup first round proper. John Askey’s side travelled to Evo-Stick League side Stourbridge in a potential banana skin tie. Although, this didn’t faze the Silkmen as they romped to a 0-5 victory.
Danny Whitehead gave Macc the lead inside 10 minutes and just 2 minutes after that Tyrone Marsh doubled the lead with his strike. Just before the half-time whistle Elliott Durrell all but secured Macc’s progression in the cup with a neat finish inside the box to make it 0-3.
It was more of the same in the second-half when Koby Arthur made it four after 67 minutes and Scott Burgess scored one of the goals of the round to finish the rout with his impressive curling effort 10 minutes from time.
It was back to league action away at Leyton Orient for the Silkmen but it ended in the same result for Macc as they stretched their unbeaten run to a remarkable six games. Scott Wilson scored the only goal of the game at Brisbane Road just before half-time when he connected perfectly with Elliott Durrell’s pinpoint cross. The win also extended Macclesfield’s lead at the top of the table to three points.
Despite Macc’s brilliant run, it eventually ended after defeats to Dagenham & Redbridge and Eastleigh at the end of October. However, Macc had accumulated an impressive nine points in the National League and secured their place in the FA Cup first round.
The Silkmen finished the month in second place in the National League but Askey’s men were breathing down the necks of top spot.
By Andrew Gate