Macclesfield Town recorded their second victory in three days as goals from Mitch Hancox and Kieran Kennedy saw them leave the Cheshire derby at the Deva Stadium with all three points.
Boss John Askey made one change from the 1-0 win over Dover on Friday night – Hancox coming in for the absent Ryan Lloyd. Chester named Andy Halls, John McCombe, Kingsley James and Paul Turnbull in their side.
The Silkmen were looking to take maximum points from the Deva stadium for the second time in this calender year – after their 3-2 victory over the Blues in March.
In what was to be a highly contested Cheshire derby, it was the away side who were soon in the ascendancy, as they took the lead after just seven minutes.
It was a strong run and cross from Tyrone Marsh that created the opening. His well-placed cross found the head of the advancing Mitch Hancox in the area and his powerful effort gave Chester goalkeeper Alex Lynch no chance.
The home side did their best to level the contest, and their best chance of the opening quarter fell to midfielder Craig Mahon. The advancing Mahon, though, under pressure from Scott Burgess, was forced to put his effort over the bar.
Macclesfield went close to doubling their lead after 29 minutes. Gime Toure rising highest to meet Adam Yates’ smart cross in the middle, but, on this occasion, the resulting header flew over the Chester crossbar.
The second period saw the home side begin strongly and they created the first opportunity of the half through former Macclesfield man Kingsley James. After receiving the ball on the left-hand side, James continued to advance towards the penalty area, but his eventual effort was well kept out by the best efforts of Shwan Jalal in the Silkmen goal.
However, despite Chester’s best efforts, it would be the Silkmen who doubled their lead through an unlikely source. Defender Kieran Kennedy reacted brilliantly to meet Elliot Durrell’s corner at the back post to increase the away sides advantage and, with it, open his own personal account for the club.
Marsh, who earlier had a hand in the opening goal of the afternoon, came close to extending the lead even further. The returning Durrell was again involved – his excellent run and cross found the head of the forward who could only rattle the woodwork from the resulting period of play.
In a bid to freshen thing up, John Askey made a triple substitution with thirteen minutes to go and one of those changes, Scott Wilson, almost made an instant impact. Showing some clever feet to beat Lathaniel Rowe-Turner on the edge of the box, Wilson advanced towards the Chester goal and his low drive would, again, produce the best efforts of Lynch.
Chester’s best attempts to reduce the deficit again fell to Kingsley James. After being played through by another former Silkmen player, Paul Turnbull, James couldn’t keep his dipping effort down and the midfielder lifted it high over Jalal’s goal.
Despite the best efforts of both teams, 2-0 was the way it stayed and Macclesfield end the first month of the season in
Our next game will be at home to Woking this forthcoming Saturday (2nd).
Jalal, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kennedy, Yates; Toure (Baba, 77), Burgess, Whitaker, Durrell (Richards, 77), Hancox; Marsh (Wilson, 77)
Subs not used: O’Brien, Arthur.
By Steven Dale.