Saturday saw us welcome Salford City to the Moss Rose for our first English Football League encounter at home to The Ammies.
Despite worrying that the game wouldn’t go ahead due to the horrible weather we had been having a second pitch inspection indeed passed.
Game on following a fantastic team effort on the playing surface!
The team news is announced and as we knew Danny Whitehead was missing and was replaced by Jak McCourt.
I arrived on a cold, but bright Moss Rose and watched the team in there pre match warm-ups.
Unusually we are attacking the Star Lane End first, I guess we must have lost the coin toss this week!.
We started the game really brightly - full of positivity and confidence - fluently passing the ball and attacking Salford’s defence. Unfortunately we were just unable to find a opening goal.
In the 30th minute Salford unfortunately did find the back of the net.. A cross was caught by the wind turning it in to a lucky goal - sending it over Jonathon Mitchell.
I don’t think we’ll see one like that again for a while!
Jonathon Mitchell managed to stop a strike on 33 minutes, but the ball slid under him moments later to hit the back of the net and double Salford’s lead.
This really did knock the wind out of the team - despite this they continued to throw themselves in front of any Salford shots on goal.
The second half got underway and we all knew that the team had a mountain to climb.
Despite this we had a few shots on target in the opening moments of the half.
The first change for Macclesfield saw Joe Ironside replace Ben Tollitt and almost immediately, good work from Joe saw another attempt on goal which forced their 'keeper into a smart save.
Nathan Cameron then found himself fire a shot from close range which was frustratingly cleared from the line and Joe Ironside saw another attempt deflected in the final moments.
We now turn our attention to the long trip down to Plymouth next Saturday!