A youthful Macclesfield Town side suffered a 4-1 defeat at 1874 Northwich this evening to exit the Cheshire Senior Cup.
The Silkmen team was made up from the Macclesfield U21 side and was managed by U21 Manager Martyn Irvine.
With the majority of the Silkmen side aged 16/17, Macclesfield always knew that this would be a real examination but in truth they were a more than a match for their more experienced opponents for much of the game.
Irvine’s side held their own in an even first-half and took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark through a Liam Chambers penalty.
But the home side hit back almost immediately as 1874 were awarded a penalty of their own. Adam Whitlock stepped up to convert and level the game at 1-1.
The Silkmen continued to impress after the break with Chambers switching to a central role and causing problems for the home side, however Macc keeper Mike Smith did have to make a smart save after rushing out from his goal to keep it at 1-1.
Liam Riley also had to clear an effort off his own goal line as 1874 looked to take the lead, but at the other end Macc were still creating chances with Canadian forward Drake Rendle flashing an effort just wide of the home goal.
But as the game moved in to the final 20 minutes 1874 effectively ended the game. First Kazim Waite-Jackson scored a stunning long-range goal before Aidan Haughton converted from close range to make it 3-1 to Northwich.
Rendle and Chambers both had further chances for the Silkmen who to their credit kept on pressing for a way back in to the game but as the game entered the closing stages it was 1874 who got the final as Sam Hind slotted beyond Smith to make it 4-1.
That score didn’t do Irvine’s side justice but they will have learned a lot from this test. They will now turn their attentions back to the North West Development League.
Silkmen side: Smith, Ezzedine, Kemp (Ibrahim), Arkian, Okome, Riley, Chambers, Wright, Del-Rio (Anderson), Rendle, Dolling (Biggin)
Subs Not Used: Nolan, Blower