Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-0 Dover Athletic

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 25 Aug 2017

The season’s first Friday night football did not disappoint as Macclesfield produced a fantastic second half performance to defeat Dover Athletic. 

Tyrone Marsh netted the winner for John Askey's men early in the second-half to give the Silkmen their first home win of the season. 

The visitors, Dover Athletic, had plenty of possession and pressure in the first half as they bombarded the Silkmen defence aerially, particularly from set piece deliveries from captain Mitch Brundle. Opposition manager Chris Kinnear was visibly frustrated on the touchline as his side were unable to capitalise on these opportunities and the Silkmen gradually grew into the game.

Shwan Jalal coming back from injury suffered an early scare as he dropped the ball in the box, and recollected it – with the referee deeming it appropriate to award an indirect free kick for the visitors in just the fifth minute.

Elliott Durrell also back at the Moss after a spell on the sidelines with injury impressed in his limited opportunities going forward, as well as tracking back to help his defence against the impressive Femi Ilesanmi.

As the Silkmen grew in confidence with a vocal home support behind them, Gime Toure felt aggrieved in the 22nd minute as he was brought down in the box, but referee Glen Hart waved play on.

Arguably the best opportunity of the first half fell to the Silkmen as a slick through ball left Ryan Lloyd one-on-one with Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

His shot flew just over the bar in the 37th minute. The Silkmen’s defence continued to stay resolute as Keith Lowe produced a terrific block to deny a brilliant Dover chance in the last minute of the half.

As the second half began, the Silkmen flew out of the blocks and got their reward just four minutes later courtesy of Tyrone Marsh with his first goal for the club.

A pinpoint cross from Durrell on the right, split open the visitors defence, and Marsh headed in at the far post. The goal had added significance as it came against his former club, whom he played for last season.

The goal scorer made way for Mitch Hancox as John Askey looked to secure the three points, but the home side continued their new-found dominance, and Scott Burgess came close to doubling our lead with a long range effort that just glanced over the bar.

Hancox made an impact from the bench with a mazy run from inside his own half resulting in a free kick for the Silkmen and a yellow card for Dover’s captain Brundle.

As well as a succession of corners, Gime Toure drew an impressive save from Walker in the Dover net as the Silkmen continued to press. A late Dover flurry of long balls proved to be ineffective as the Silkmen collected all three points.

Match Stats

Line-ups:

Macclesfield Town

Shwan Jalal, David Fitzpatrick, Keith Lowe, Elliott Durrell (Noe Baba 84’), Tyrone Marsh (Hancox 64’), Ryan Lloyd, Kieran Kennedy, Adam Yates, Gime Toure, Scott Burgess, Danny Whitaker ©

Subs not used:

Billy O’Brien, Scott Wilson, Courtney Richards

Goalscorers: Tyrone Marsh 49’

Dover Athletic

Mitch Walker, Josh Passley, Femi Ilesanmi, Gallifouco Giancarlo, Manny Parry (Deen-Conteh 78’), Conner Essam, Kane Richards (Kadell Daniel 62’), Mitch Brundle ©, Tobi Sho-Silva, Ryan Bird, Nortei Nortey (Mitch Pinnock 78’)

Subs not used:

Loui Fazakerley, George Essuman

Attendance: 1270 (37 away)
By Molly Hudson

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