September was a busy month for Macclesfield with six games in total. An impressive end to August ensured the Silkmen entered the month full of confidence.
Woking were the first team to visit the Moss Rose and despite dominating proceedings the visitors took all three points via a 1-3 scoreline. Elliott Durrell scored his first goal for the Silkmen on eighteen minutes when he headed in Tyrone Marsh’s cross. However, the Card’s hit back on the counter through Jason Banton and Joe Ward in the first half before Inih Effiong clinched the three points in the last minute.
A trip to Solihull Moors gave the Silkmen an instant chance to get back to winning ways. Although, Shwan Jalal was called into action early on as he brilliantly palmed away a Darren Carter penalty after Courtney Richards was deemed to have fouled Dapo Afolayan. However, Scott Wilson made sure the Silkmen bounced back from the Woking defeat when he scored a brilliant solo goal which proved to be the winner.
Wilson took his good form into the next game against AFC Fylde. It took him only fourteen minutes to score his first of the game when he latched onto Elliott Durrell’s cross in the six-yard box. Fylde hit back four minutes after the break when Jack Muldoon’s shot found its way into the bottom corner but Macc’s never say die attitude saw them to victory.
In the last minute of the game, Ryan Lloyd chipped the ball through to Wilson who showed great composure to take the ball past the goalkeeper and put the ball into an empty net for his third goal in two games. Wilson was red-hot throughout September and later in the month he was awarded the National League’s player of the month award.
However, after the elation of that last-minute winner, Maidstone brought Macc back down to earth. Koby Arthur’s first goal for the club wasn’t enough for a result after goals from Zavon Hines (2), Alex Wynter and Joe Piggott sent the three points down to Kent.
Once again, Macc bounced back. A 1-0 victory made sure that the Silkmen faithful who made the 480-mile round trip to Torquay United went home happy. Scott Wilson was the man with the winner once again, when he capitalised on a defensive error by Myles Anderson and rounded goalkeeper Vincent Dorel to win the game.
This would be the start of a six-match winning streak for Askey’s men and they finished the month with a 2-0 victory over Aldershot Town.
Ryan Lloyd’s goal after an incredible 20.19 seconds sent the Silkmen on their way and Elliott Durrell’s brilliant strike on 58 minutes found the top corner to seal an important three points.
Macclesfield finished the month only one point away from Dover Athletic in top spot but something special was starting to happen at Moss Rose.
By Andrew Gate