Our first pre-season friendly ended in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of our Championship opposition after a spirited display, that created an even contest at the Moss Rose.
Second half goals from Bradley Johnson and Mason Bennett broke the deadlock, but several Macclesfield players impressed on their debuts.
There was some early pressure from the Championship side who fielded a strong first half line-up. In the 10th minute Curtis Davies hit the post with a powerful header from a corner, won after a great save from Alex Gogic denied Darren Bent.
Nick Blackman looked lively for the away side, but after withstanding the pressure the Silkmen grew in confidence with a strike from Scott Burgess only denied by a block on the edge of the area.
Derby looked dangerous via the aerial route, with the presence of Bent and Davies and Macclesfield’s triallist ‘keeper Alex Gogic dealt with the pressure well, a confident presence in the box.
Newly-signed Elliott Durrell was particularly impressive for the hosts, forcing Mitchell into a couple of fine saves towards the end of the first half. Despite the gulf in league positions and perceived quality, the teams went into the dressing rooms with the score at 0-0.
As is the protocol with pre-season fixtures both teams made several changes at half-time, with the visitors changing the entire team apart from Jamie Hanson, giving the fans a chance to see the likes of Scott Carson and Ikechi Anya take to the Moss Rose pitch.
The latter provided a different type of test for The Silkmen, with intricate runs and a low centre of gravity leaving him hard to bring down.
Anya’s footwork let to an early second half free kick for the visitors but the home side’s defence was solid once again to clear away from the area. Derby piled on the pressure in the second half, but Macclesfield continued to look dangerous on the break, and substitute Courtney Meppen-Walter tried his luck from long range against Ex-England international Carson.
Eventually the Championship side broke through after a Bradley Johnson free kick was blocked by the wall, he collected and fired home in the 72nd minute.
The goal gave Derby that added confidence boost, and birthday boy Mason Bennett - turning 21 today, headed home to double the visitors lead ten minutes after the opener.
Next up the Silkmen take on Bury at Moss Rose on Tuesday at 7pm.
Macclesfield Town (Starting XI): Alex Gogic, Jared Hodgkiss, David Fitzpatrick, Keith Lowe, Scott Wilson, Elliott Durrell, Ryan Lloyd, Fraser Kerr, Koby Arthur, Scott Burgess, Courtney Richards
Second Half Substitutes: Tyler Little, Courtney Meppen-Walter, Jimmy Phillips, Andrew Dawber, Mitch Hancox, Kieren Kennedy, Tyrone Marsh, Jack Storer, Richard Brodie, Ejiro Okosieme, Scott Fenwick
Derby County (Starting XI): Jonathan Mitchell, Craig Forsyth, Craig Bryson, Johnny Russell, Darren Bent, Andre Wisdom, Jacob Butterfield, Nick Blackman, Jamie Hanson, David Nugent, Curtis Davies
Second Half: Scott Carson, Ikechi Anya, Chris Martin, Chris Baird, Bradley Johnson, Alex Pearce, Andreas Wiemann, Mason Bennett, Jamie Hanson, Marcus Olsson, Timi Elsnick
Attendance: 1501 (866 Derby fans )
By Molly Hudson