Hat-trick hero Scott Wilson and a goal from David Fitzpatrick gave Macclesfield Town a stunning 4-1 win over Wrexham at the Moss Rose this afternoon.
Wilson opened the scoring early on and although the visitors levelled in the second-half, Wilson scored twice more before Fitzpatrick completed the win in the snow.
A cold and snowy Moss Rose provided a stunning backdrop for a top of the table clash as third-placed Macclesfield Town faced second-placed Wrexham. Elliott Durrell was suspended after his fifth yellow card against Hartlepool. John Askey played both Scott Wilson and Tyrone Marsh for the first time, in what turned out to be the dream combination for the Silkmen opener.
Just six minutes in, an incisive through ball put Wilson into space and he held off the oncoming defender to calmly close in on goal and shoot across Wrexham’s ‘keeper Chris Dunn into the far corner.
As the snow began to fall heavier on the Moss Rose pitch the first substitution was the match ball, as the white ball was replaced by a hi-vis version as the players struggled with visibility in the difficult conditions.
Macclesfield were the better team in the first half, but second-placed Wrexham continued to search for the equaliser, drawing a couple of fairly comfortable saves from Macclesfield Town goalkeeper Shwan Jalal.
The forward pairing of Wilson and Marsh impressed fans at the Moss Rose with their high work rate and tracking back ensuring the Wrexham defenders didn’t have time to settle on the ball and pick their pass. Scott Burgess also got into some good positions down the right hand side in place of Durrell, and Dunn was the busier goalkeeper in the first 45.
Macclesfield were the closer side to adding a second, first through Scott Burgess, and then the rebound was fired over the bar by Danny Whitehead. Wrexham’s Scott Boden hit his effort over the bar bringing the half to a close.
A superb piece of recovery defending from Keith Lowe prevented Wrexham from getting an early goal in the second half as he blocked and then cleared a goal bound effort from the away side.
Wrexham were throwing everything at the Silkmen defence in order to get an equaliser, and several corners just past the hour mark threatened Jalal’s goal, but a combination of brave clearances and Jalal’s presence in the box kept them out.
Burgess almost added a second against the run of play, smashing his effort against the crossbar in the 69th minute. The game was end-to-end, and just moments later a last-ditch tackle from Kieran Kennedy prevented substitute George Miller from equalising for Wrexham.
But it was the away side that eventually found the net through after the Silkmen failed to clear a corner and Scott Boden rose highest to head home. But once again the Silkmen responded brilliantly and in the form of the Macclesfield Town strike force. Mirroring the first goal, Marsh put through Wilson who slotted past the keeper, leading to raucous scenes in front of the Moss Rose faithful.
Just three minutes later Wilson got his hat-trick after a long-range Danny Whitehead effort was fumbled by Wrexham goalkeeper Dunn and Wilson was left to tap home from close range. The snow continued to fall with play stopped in the 82nd minute as the lines were cleared of snow in order for play to resume.
After volunteers did a sterling job to get the game back underway, the Silkmen players rewarded them, with David Fitzpatrick’s deflected shot finding the corner, and adding the gloss to a fine win for Macclesfield Town.
Macclesfield Town Starting XI: Jalal, Hodgkiss ©, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kennedy, Marsh, Wilson, Lloyd, Whitehead, Burgess, Whitaker
Subs not used: Ramsbottom, Baba, Hancox, Arthur
Goalscorers: Wilson (6’, 78’, 82’), Fitzpatrick 92’
Wrexham Starting XI: Dunn, Hurst, Jennings, Smith, Pearson, Holroyd, Carrington, Rutherford (Mackreth 82’), Kelly (Miller 61’), Roberts, Boden
Subs not used: Dibble, Massanka, Smith
Goalscorers: Boden 74’
By Molly Hudson