Reviewing the Silkmen's successful start to the New Year
The turn of the year brought good fortune to Macclesfield, who opened the month of January with a 4-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers on New Year’s Day.Paul Lewis was the star for Macc as they produced a massive win at the Moss, only days after losing 1-0 at Prenton Park to Tranmere. Steve McNulty gave Rovers the lead inside of ten minutes, but Lewis quickly levelled the scores two minutes later before repeating the feat in the 50th after Sutton had put the away side back in front. Hancox added to the score before Lewis bagged his hattrick with a late penalty.Next up for the Silkmen was a visit from Altrincham in the FA Trophy. The match was already a winless affair once, with the initial fixture ending in a draw and resulting in a replay, and the travelling underdogs took Macc as far as penalties, before eventually being defeated.Macclesfield then hosted promotion hopefuls Dover Athletic in the league. Despite going a goal down, this time through Jamie Grimes, victory was once again the result thanks to a Chris Holroyd brace.The Silkmen then made a trip to the home of AFC Sudbury in the FA Trophy. Macclesfield came away 3-1 winners, and progressed to the next round, taking their 2017 unbeaten run to four games.That run came to an abrupt end in the league only a week later when Guiseley came to visit. Michael Rankine gave Guiseley the lead on the half-hour mark but Chris Holroyd levelled only moments later. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for Macc, who were beaten by another goal from Rankine just after half-time from the penalty spot.The return to form came immediately as Macclesfield travelled to North Ferriby United. Macclesfield left with all three points thanks to goals from George Pilkington and Danny Whitehead in the first half, leaving Macc only six points off the play-off spots with two games in hand heading into February.