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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 2 v 1 Shrewsbury Town

21 March 2020

Sammy McIlroy handed debuts to Manchester City loanee Rae Ingram and new signing Ben Sedgemore twenty-two years ago today, as his Silkmen side got their promotion assault back on track with a comeback victory against Shrewsbury Town.
The side were looking for an immediate reaction after their 5 - 1 reversal at Colchester United the previous week, in a game which had also seen striker Phil Power handed a straight red card for dissent.
Efe Sodje returned to the starting line-up after serving a two-match ban and it was the hosts who came out the brightest in the opening exchanges.
With just two minutes on the clock John Askey weaved his way to the byline, before his cross to the back post was volleyed straight at the Shrewsbury 'keeper by Stuart Whitaker.
Less than sixty seconds later, Askey was creating mayhem for the visiting defence once again. This time he cut inside and thread the ball through to Leroy Chambers, who saw his low drive brilliantly turned around the post by Paul Edwards.
Debutant Sedgemore then launched an audacious thirty-yard pass out to the left which found Whitaker in acres of space. The former Bolton Wanderers trainee took the ball down with consummate ease, before beating his man and crossing to the far post where Askey's header was well saved by a seemingly in-form Edwards.
Shrewsbury's best chance of the first period came on 35 minutes, when defender Pete Wilding was left unmarked and he powered a formidable header past Ryan Price in the Macc goal. With the deadlock set to be broken, Nigerian defender Sodje acrobatically cleared the ball off the line to ensure that parity remained at the interval.
The Shrews would ultimately take the lead right at the start of the second period however. Michael Brown played a delicious one-two with former Northwich Victoria midfielder Lee Steele and after receiving the ball back, he fired a low drive past Price from all of twenty-five yards.
Buoyed by what felt like an undeserved set-back, McIlroy's side looked to fightback right from the restart and just two minutes later they were back level.
Whittaker laid the ball off to Martin McDonald in the inside-right channel and his tantalising cross was flamboyantly headed home by Chambers - whose diving effort represented his fourth goal of the campaign.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoring, yet the game was to be settled nine minutes from time as The Silkmen threw men forward searching for a winner.
That duly came when Cardiff City loanee Tony Philliskirk surged through the Shrewbury ranks, before laying the ball off to Steve Wood and he made no mistake in poking the ball past the advancing Edwards to complete another defiant home victory for McIlroy's men.

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