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Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 v 2 Lincoln City

15 September 2018

Macclesfield’s wait for a first EFL win this season goes on as The Silkmen were beaten by league leaders Lincoln City after a late James Shackle winner claimed maximum points for the visitors to keep them at the summit of the League Two table.

The Imps skipper on the day opened his account for the season to ensure that Danny Cowley’s troops responded positively to their first defeat of the season against Crawley Town the previous week.

Jamie Grimes looked to have salvaged a point for Mark Yates’ side when the defender thundered home a shot with five minutes to play to send The Moss Rose crowd wild.

However, once again it proved not enough as another late goal leaves The Silkmen with two points from their opening eight fixtures.

Despite Macclesfield’s third successive league defeat in a row, the hosts will take positives from their second-half showing after they were pegged back early on from a Tom Pett opener.

The initial ten minutes saw waves of Lincoln possession frustrated by limited chances. The travelling away support roared in their numbers hoping to steer the league leaders forward.

The first real chance of the match fell for The Imps when a misplaced pass was picked up by Harry Anderson, before Bruno Andrade's fierce shot was parried away by Kieran O’Hara.

The Imps didn’t take long to find their rhythm, and the visitors were in front following a well-worked move after 20 minutes. A diagonal ball was fired into the area by Wilson, whose pass was nodded down by Akinde and the late arrival of Pett into the area gave him space to smash home from 12 yards.

The home crowd wanted a reaction from their players, and a positive piece of play from The Silkmen saw Harry Smith free in the box, before his acrobatic effort went just wide.

Towards the end of the first half, Yates’ side grew in stature and an ambitious effort from Michael Rose gave the home side belief that there was potentially more to come in the second period.

The visitors came flying out the blocks early on in the second half when Akinde was played in on goal - beating the offside trap. The former Portsmouth striker drove forward before unleashing a shot which was saved emphatically by O'Hara who tipped wide for a corner.

Tyrone Marsh was introduced into the match with thirty minutes to play and the 24-year-old forward almost found the net to equalise for the hosts, but his curled effort flew just over of the crossbar.

O’Hara came to the rescue for Yates' side again when a string of heroic saves kept the league leaders from extending their lead.

The Manchester United loanee came to The Silkmen’s rescue when Akinde’s inspired counter attack found Andrade unmarked on the left. The winger's looped pass was met by the diving head of Anderson, but a superb one-handed stop from O'Hara denied City a second.

The Imps began to smell blood and came at the Silkmen once again when Harry Toffolo's looping ball found Akinde at the far post - the striker hit his shot well, but another one-handed stop from O'Hara prevented the visitors from firing a second.

Macclesfield did find their equaliser with minutes to play when Grimes was left unmarked at the far post to cannon his shot into the roof of the net to hand The Silkmen a lifeline.

However, Lincoln showed why they are title chasers to take all the points when they quickly regained their lead as Shackell unleashed a delightful half-volley from a corner to fire past O'Hara in front of the travelling fans.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kelleher, Grimes, Whitaker, Pearson (Wilson 76), Rose, Napa, Vincenti (Blisset 57), Smith (Marsh 67)

Lincoln City: Smith, O’Connor, Shackle, Pett, Andrade (Mensah 90), Toffolo, Wilson, Bostwick, McCarten (Green 74), Anderson, Akinde (Rhead 89)

Unused Subs

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Welch-Hayes, Maycock, Arthur

Lincoln City: Chapman, Crookes, Slocombe, Gordon

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