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Silkmen Season Review: February

22 April 2020

February would prove to be our final full month of fixtures to date, with no less than seven Sky Bet League Two matches being played during the month.

We would also welcome two new faces to the playing squad in February, with Donovan Wilson and Ben Tollitt both arriving at the Moss Rose.

 

Matchday 30: Macclesfield Town 0 v 1 Northampton Town (01/02/20)

West Bromwich Albion loanee Callum Morton snatched all three points for the Cobblers in our first game of the month at the Moss Rose.

The youngster prodded the ball past Jonathan Mitchell after captain Charlie Goode had flicked the ball on from a corner just before the hour mark.

Northampton skipper Goode had also been involved in denying the Silkmen what looked to be a certain goal in the first half – clearing the ball off the line after Connor Kirby’s effort had beaten goalkeeper David Cornell.

 

Matchday 31: Leyton Orient 1 v 1 Macclesfield Town (08/02/20)

Jacob Blyth was the hero late on in North London as his first goal for the club ensured we came away from our first away game of the month with a point.

James Brophy put the O’s ahead as he struck past Mitchell following a solo run down the left side, but Jacob Blyth’s introduction in place of Connor Kirby with less than ten minutes to play posed a different threat to the Orient defence.

It proved to be one they could not contain as Donovan Wilson slipped the ball through to Blyth – who made no mistake with the finish.

 

Matchday 32: Morecambe 2 v 0 Macclesfield Town (11/02/20)

We would visit Morecambe in our next fixture with both sides vying for the points as we both looked to pull away from the bottom of the table.

It would be Morecambe who did so, however, as two first half goals from Toumani Diagouraga and Aaron Wildig secured the points for the Shrimps.

The blistering winds certainly played a part in proceedings on the night, but despite the Silkmen retaining the ball for large periods in the second half, the damage had been done in the opening period.

 

Matchday 33: Macclesfield Town 2 v 3 Exeter City (15/02/20)

An inspired Silkmen fightback from two goals down against promotion chasing Exeter City would prove to be in vain as a late Ryan Bowman goal nicked the points for the Grecians at the death at Moss Rose.

Exeter raced into an early two goal advantage, with Nicky Ajose and Pierce Sweeney handing City the advantage within the opening 20 minutes.

We would be handed a route back into the game just before the interval, however, with Archie Collins’ clearance deflecting off Connor Kirby and into the net to half Exeter’s lead.

The Silkmen came out with all the momentum in the second half, and parity would indeed be restored just past the hour mark as captain Fiacre Kelleher powered a header into the net from Tollitt’s corner.

Bowman’s late strike followed, but there were positives to take from overturning such a deficit against one of the league’s strongest sides.

 

Matchday 34: Macclesfield Town 1 v 1 Plymouth Argyle (18/02/20)

The Silkmen came out looking to build on the weekend’s disappointment as we welcomed another promotion hopeful in the shape of Plymouth Argyle to Moss Rose in our next league outing.

Macc were the more dominant side for large periods in the opening half, and this was rewarded as Spurs loanee Shilow Tracey slammed the ball past Alex Palmer to open the scoring and hand the Silkmen a deserved lead.

First half chances for Arthur Gnahoua, Connor Kirby, Shilow Tracey and Nathan Cameron all went begging as Macc looked to pull away; but Ryan Lowe’s men proved to be a different proposition in the second period.

The visitors dominated the ball and created a host of openings, but a mixture of the Silkmen backline and Jonathan Mitchell kept them at bay until late on.

Antoni Sarcevic went down in the area with less than ten minutes to play, and despite seeing his initial penalty saved by Mitchell, he prodded home the rebound to drag Plymouth level.

 

Matchday 35: Crewe Alexandra 2 v 0 Macclesfield Town (22/02/20)

We travelled to the Alexandra Stadium towards the end of February to face yet another side eyeing promotion in the shape of Cheshire rivals Crewe Alexandra.

An early Chris Porter penalty set the tone for what would prove to be a frustrating afternoon for the Silkmen, with Middlesbrough loanee Stephen Walker adding a second with ten minutes of the first half to play.

The Silkmen had chances to cut into the deficit, the most notable of which falling to Joe Ironside late on - but Will Jaaskelainen in the Crewe net did enough to force the ball behind.

 

Matchday 36: Macclesfield Town 0 v 2 Salford City (29/02/20)

Our most recent game at the Moss Rose ended in defeat as Salford City scored two goals in seven first half minutes to claim the points.

Ash Hunter’s cross looped over Jonathan Mitchell for the first after half an hour, before Richie Towell slipped the ball past Mitchell to give Salford breathing room.

Oscar Threlkeld almost nodded the ball past his goalkeeper, whilst Nathan Cameron also came close as Macc searched for a way back into the tie, but neither came to anything and the Ammies left with all three points.


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