Goals from Danny Whitaker, a Trialist and Ryan Lloyd gave Macclesfield a second win over higher league opposition in pre-season. A dominant second half performance secured a deserved 3-0 win in this Cheshire derby with Crewe Alexandra
John Askey made five changes from the team that lost at Stockport on Saturday. With Danny Whitaker, Scott Burgess and Kieran Kennedy all starting the game.
With the first ten minutes seeing both teams battling it out for possession, the first real chance of the game fell to the Silkmen, good work from Tyrone Marsh allowed the forward to pick out Scott Burgess whose shot went straight at Ben Garratt in the Crewe goal.
On the half hour mark Tyrone Marsh capitalised on a mistake by Eddie Nolan and took the ball round goalkeeper Ben Garrett, he squared to Burgess from a difficult angle but the Crewe defence managed to intercept and clear the danger.
Throughout the half the Silkmen threatened from range, Mitch Hancox twice fired at goal 20 yards out testing Garrett and Courtney Richards piledriver flew wide of the mark.
On 40 minutes Mitch Hancox was involved again, this time through his defensive duties. George Cooper managed to squeeze a shot towards goal but Hancox cleared the danger as the last line of defence.
Just a minute later Ben Garett denied Macc the opening goal. A trialist took aim and his shot looped over the number 1, but the former England u-18 stopper produced an outstand fingertip save which kept the halftime score at 0-0.
After the break, Macclesfield started the better of the two sides. John Askey made three changes bringing on Ryan Lloyd, Elliot Durrell and Noe Baba and all three linked up in a nice Macc move. Neat play by the trio allowed Babe to try his luck from range, but his shot was straight at Garrett.
Just after the hour mark, Macclesfield threatened. This time through Ryan Lloyd who hit a dipping shot at goal from just outside the area, but again Garratt saved Alex from going behind, producing another superb fingertip save to send the ball behind for a corner.
On 65 minutes, the deadlock was broken. A penalty was awarded as a Macc trialist was fouled by Perry Ng and Danny Whitaker stepped up to slam the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
The Silkmen doubled their lead on 76 minutes, Elliot Durrell burst forward from his own half and then played a spectacular long ball forward to a Macclesfield trialist, Garrett rushed of his line in a race for the ball but the forward got to it first to head over the keeper into an empty net.
Throughout the game George Cooper was the visitors main attacking threat and he came close to pulling one back after the goal. First, he hit a free kick just over the bar and then just a minute after dragged a shot wide.
The trialist in the number 29 shirt had already won a penalty and scored in the game but he nearly made it 3-0 to Macc, some neat footwork opened up the angle for the frontman but Zoumana Bakayogo got back and did well to clear his thumping shot off the line.
There was time for a third as Ryan Lloyd capped off a brilliant evening for the Silkmen, as he got onto the end of a low drive to poke the ball past Garrett to make it 3-0.
Macclesfield; Jalal, Hodgkiss, Pilkington, Wilson, Hancox, Kennedy, Burgess, Whitaker, Marsh, Richards, Trialist
Subs; Fitzpatrick, Baba, Durrell, Lloyd, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Keith Lowe
Crewe; Garratt, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo, Wintle, Lowery, Ainley, Kirk, Cooper, Dagnall.
By Andrew Gate