Macclesfield Town endured a frustrating afternoon as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Maidstone.
The visitors took their chances at the Moss Rose and while Koby Arthur grabbed a consolation for the Silkmen, this won’t be an afternoon to remember for John Askey’s side.
In search of their fourth win in five games, John Askey made one change from midweeks victory over AFC Fylde, John Askey made one change. Ryan Lloyd replacing Gime Toure in attack.
Visitors, Maidstone, arrived in 13th place, having beaten Eastleigh 1-0 on Tuesday night. It was quiet opening ten minutes opening this content, but the visitors would bring the game to life through former West Ham man, Zavon Hines.
After a turnover of possession, the winger collected the ball on the edge of the box and his first-time shot beat the advances of Macclesfield keeper Shwan Jalal and open the scoring in the contest in the 11th minute.
Having taken the lead, ‘the Stones’ came close to doubling their advantage nine minutes later. Attacking full-back Seth Nana Twumasi, after collecting the ball midway through the Silkmen half, continued to advance and his eventual near post cross was headed over by forward Johan Ter Horst from the edge of the six-yard box.
Der Horst, again, came close to extending the lead moments later, but his, this time, his header was well saved by Jalal from close range.
With the following corner, though, the Stones did add to the scoreline. Alex Wynter was on hand to meet Joe Reasons corner and double the visitor's advantage.
The Silkmen began to grow into the game as the half progressed, and Ryan Lloyd was perhaps unfortunate not to pull a goal back on the stroke of halftime. Feeding on Mitch Hancox’s long-range through ball, Lloyd took the ball well under cross, but, after advancing towards goal - he was brilliantly stopped in his tracks by Maidstone goalkeeper Lee Worgan.
The second half began with the Silkmen much on top and only the flag of the referee’s assistant prevented the home side from getting back into the contest. Scott Wilson the unfortunate man to see his header disallowed.
Wilson, again, came within an inch of reducing the deficit just moments later. After Ryan Lloyd had seen his shot blocked, Wilson pounced on the loose ball. But, the forward, six yards out, was again well denied by Worgan.
In a bid to get back into the contest, John Askey brought on substitute Gime Toure in the 59th minute. He replaced Scott Burgess in a change of formation for the hosts.
That looked to be working, almost instantly, as just two minutes later a knock down from the big forward allowed Durrell to create an opening. After picking up the ball on the edge of the box, Durrell dribbled through the Maidstone back line, before his eventual left-footed effort forced Worgan into a low save.
New signing Danny Whitehead was also given his third moss rose debut by Askey after 64 minutes, coming on for left back David Fitzpatrick.
However, despite the many Silkmen chances, Maidstone extended their lead further. After being played through, Hines continued to advance towards goal and after reaching the edge of the penalty area, placed his effort into the top corner to double, via the aid of a deflection, his own personal tally for the afternoon.
And, shortly after Koby Arthur became Macclesfield's final change for the afternoon (replacing Ryan Lloyd), Mainstone added their fourth. Joe Piggott the man with it, placing the ball under Jalal from tight-range.
The Silkmen were unfortunate not to be given a penalty as the game began to draw to a close as Gime Toure went down under a Maidstone Challenge.
The Silkmen did get the goal that their second-half performance deserved – and it came from Arthur after 80 minutes. The substitute received the ball on the edge of the area and his first-time effort flew past Worgan into the bottom left-hand corner.
Elliot Durrell went into the referee’s book in injury time, but following the conclusion of proceedings, Maidstone left Moss Rose with all three points.
Macclesfield Town team
1: Shwan Jalal
3: David Fitzpatrick
4: Keith Lowe
7: Elliot Durrell
9: Scott Wilson
11: Ryan Lloyd
14: Noe Baba
15: Kieran Kennedy
16: Mitch Hancox
20: Scott Burgess
23: Danny Whitaker
Pilkington, Marsh, Whitehead, Toure, Arthur.
Attendance: 1347 (122).
By Steven Dale.