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On This Day: Hyde United 1 v 3 Macclesfield Town

2 May 2020

Thirty-three years ago today, Peter Wragg's illustrious Silkmen side completed an historic treble, as we secured promotion to the fifth tier of the game for the first time in our history.

The Silkmen had contested eleven games in total during the previous month and  incredibly won nine of these - drawing two.

As part of this mammoth period, the League Cup and President's Cup had been secured - with the main prize just one win away.

It was a phenomenal feat to even be in contention for the Northern Premier League title bearing in mind the fatigue that must have been rife amongst the squad - especially given the fact that they were all part-time.

Yet there is nothing quite like being successful in terms of building momentum and that is certainly what Wragg's side had as they made their way to Ewan Fields.

The Silkmen fans congregated behind the goal did so in order to see their heroes claim one last piece of history and as kick-off drew ever-closer, so did the noise levels.

By the time that the two sides marched out onto the pitch, there was a tangible undercurrent of expectation infiltrating throughout Ewan Fields and in many ways, the sound of destiny calling was getting ever louder with each minute that passed.

Despite the fact that Macc were firm favourites to claim maximum points - Hyde possessed the most potent attacking threat in the league and this was evident during the opening exchanges, when the visitors took a little time to acclimatise to the surroundings - together with the copious amount of pressure which was placed upon them.

Alan Zelem was twice called into action, as he emphatically denied Simon Rudge - yet after weathering the storm somewhat, Macc started to play the expansive and attacking football for which they had become renowned.

Mid-way through the first half, a tactically astute Silkmen move resulted in the deadlock being broken. A cross into the area was headed on by skipper Elfyn Edwards and the Hyde 'keeper could do nothing more than palm the ball into the path of Steve Burr - who made no mistake from close-range.

Edwards then got on the scoresheet himself with a 64th minute header which eased the nerves of the Silkmen contingent and raised the noise levels even further.

John Askey's mesmerising run then resulted in Burr claiming his second and Macc's third in the dying minutes, before the hosts claimed a consolation penalty with seconds left on the clock.

It proved to be a minor irrelevance, as Wragg's side completed an historic victory, which saw us take our place in the GM Vauxhall Conference for the first time.

Macclesfield Town: Zelem, Roberts, Shaw, Edwards, Tobin, Hardman, Lake, Waddington, Askey J, Burr, Hanlon.


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