Macclesfield Town were beaten 2-3 in the Leasing.com Trophy ,as John Askey made his return to The Moss Rose with his Port Vale side.
Macclesfield were the early leaders in the tight opening of the game. Joe Ironside put the Silkmen one up in the 16th minute, after steering the ball past Scott Brown following a long ball over the top of the Vale defence.
However, the Valliant’s restored parity in the 33rd minute when Scott Burgess powerfully drove the ball past Reice Charles-Cook from outside the box.
The equaliser didn’t stop the creative presence of the Silkmen attack, as another long ball over the defence found Ironside through on goal again. However, he was unlucky to lose his balance and struggled to slot the ball past the Port Vale 'keeper.
The second half wasn’t as fortunate for the Silkmen, a deflected effort from Ritchie Bennett beat Charles-Cook in the 51st minute to put Vale into the ascendancy.
Shortly after, the visitors extended their lead with a goal from Jake Taylor in what was a well worked team goal from the Valiants.
Theo Archibald managed to grab a late goal to give the Silkmen slight hope in the last moments of the game to make it 2 - 3. It was a superb strike after cutting in from the right-hand side of the pitch, the keeper had no chance as he curled it into the top corner.
In the first half Macc nearly scored within the first ten minutes of the game, Eddie Clarke conducted a superb cross after his run down the left-hand side of the pitch. It found the lurking head of Jacob Blyth who was unfortunate to see Scott Brown pull off a wonderful save to put the ball out for a corner.
In the competition the away side came into the group stage clash undefeated after beating Shrewsbury at home 2-1 earlier this month. The Silkmen defeated a young and promising Newcastle United Under 21 side previously to give them three points in the Leasing.com Trophy Group D.
By Leif Payne