We take a look back at the start 2016/17 campaign.
Macclesfield kicked off the season with an emphatic 2-0 home victory against Torquay United. Goals from Ollie Norburn and Chris Holroyd claimed the spoils, and fans didn’t have to wait long to see their 2016/17 goal of the season as Norburn’s stunning right footed volley from the edge of the area would go on to win that award some nine months later.Next up for the Silkmen was a trip to York. This would be the first of three defeats to the Minstermen throughout the season – unfortunately including the FA Trophy final at Wembley in the final game of the season – and one goal from Matt Fry was enough to stunt Macc’s strong start.Braintree followed the York defeat and it was a case of straight back to winning ways for Macclesfield. A 3-1 away win with goals from Rowe, Holroyd and Sampson was only soiled by a red card for Mitch Hancox.By the end of matchday four Macclesfield were up to third in the league, thanks to another 3-1 victory, this time over Southport. With goals from Danny Whitaker, Paul Lewis and Kingsley James, goals were being shared throughout the team as Macc made a strong start to their league campaign.Unfortunately, back-to-back defeats ensued as the Silkmen travelled to Sutton and hosted eventual league champions Lincoln. Sutton defeated Macclesfield 2-0, while Lincoln overturned a James opener to win 2-1, leaving Macclesfield in 12th place.To end the month, a trip to Solihull saw positivity return as Macc ended Solihull’s unbeaten home run with a last gasp winner. Moors went ahead twice, but a James double and a heroic winner from Norburn on 90+3 saw the visitors steal the points and climb to eighth place, a point short of the play-offs.