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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 1 v 0 Dover Athletic (2017)

25 August 2020

The Moss Rose faithful were treated to Friday Night Football three years ago today, as Dover Athletic made the mammoth trip up to Cheshire in order to face John Askey's side.
With 'keeper Shwan Jalal and midfielder Elliott Durrell both returning from spells on the treatment table, an expectant Silkmen faithful were buoyed by the news that they had both gone straight back into the starting XI.
Despite this, it was Chris Kinnear's side who started in the ascendancy as they dominated possession during the early stages.
With skipper Mitch Brundle teasing the Dover frontline with a series of tantalising balls into the penalty area, Askey's defence had to dig deep in order to repel the tangible threat that the Kent side posed.
Slowly but surely, Macc's confidence levels grew and in the 22nd minute, striker Gime Toure was insistent that he had been impeded in the box - only for the Referee to wave play on with a cheery smile.
Arguably the best chance of the first period came in the 37th minute, when Ryan Lloyd beat the Dover offside trap to storm through on goal. The former Port Vale man was met by an advancing Mitch Walker and he just about did enough to see Lloyd's effort sail agonisingly over the crossbar.
After John Askey had imparted his words of wisdom during the half-time interval, Macc came out for the second period in determined fashion.
So much so, that it took just four minutes after the restart for the deadlock to be broken.
Durrell picked the ball up on the right and whipped in a pinpoint cross - from which Tyrone Marsh clinically headed home at the far post to claim his first goal for the Club.
As we saw so many times during that mesmerising season, taking the lead merely spurred Askey's men on to make the deficit even more convincing. Mitch Hancox unleashed a venomous drive which skimmed the top of the woodwork and Scott Burgess was unlucky to see his menacing effort from range achieve the same outcome.
Toure then forced Walker into a fine save in the closing stages, yet Macc comfortably saw the game out to register another three point haul.
Here are the match highlights -
Macclesfield Town: Shwan Jalal, David Fitzpatrick, Keith Lowe, Elliott Durrell (Noe Baba 84’), Tyrone Marsh (Mitch Hancox 64’), Ryan Lloyd, Kieran Kennedy, Adam Yates, Gime Toure, Scott Burgess, Danny Whitaker.

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