Solihull Moors 0-1 Macclesfield Town - Match Report

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 09 Sep 2017

A second half goal from Scott Wilson was enough for Macclesfield Town to take all three points against Solihull. 

Shwan Jalal also saved a penalty for John Askey's side who claimed back-to-back away wins in the National League.

Askey made three changes from last week’s home game against Woking with Courtney Richards, Noe Baba and Wilson returning to the starting line-up.

It took just two minutes for the Silkmen to get into their stride. Wilson was the beneficiary of Elliot Durrell’s clever through ball, and the forwards first-time shot forced Moors goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan into a smart save low down.

A long-distance drive from Keith Lowe followed for the visitors before Danny Whitaker fired over from close range.

36-year-old Vaughan, who enjoyed a loan spell with Worcester in the second half of the 2016/17 season, produced a fine save in the 21st minute to keep his team on level terms. It was the lively Durrell, again, who created the opening – his low cross found the run of Wilson in the middle and his powerful effort produced the best out of the Moors goalkeeper.

The home side had to wait until the 25th-minute mark for their first opportunity, but the powerful figure of Jalal was on hand to deny Oladspo Afolayan’s best efforts.

The away side continued to dominate possession and, with it, create the best openings. Mitch Hancox’s low effort had Vaughan scrambling, whilst Courtney Richards could only hit the side netting at the far post.

Despite the fourth official only signalling one additional minute at the end of the first period, there was still time for the visitors to create a final opportunity of the half. It was Wilson again who latched onto a hrough ball from Danny Whitaker in the deep and his low cross was well cleared at the back post.

The second half started with Macclesfield on the front foot once again and, this was Gime Toure who created the opening. His cross found the run of Whitaker in the middle and his eventual effort was well blocked on the Moors goal line.

Despite rarely featuring in the match – Jalal was forced to keep the game on level terms.

He was called into action when, much against the run of play, Moors were awarded a penalty kick when Courtney Richards was deemed to have fouled Afolayan in the box. It was Moors captain Darren Carter who stepped up to take it – but the Macclesfield goalkeeper, at full stretch, was equal to the effort from the former Birmingham City man.

The penalty incident did nothing to stop the Silkmen’s performance and they would soon take the lead in the 62nd minute. The home defence had struggled to handle Wilson all afternoon and after dribbling his way through a crowded penalty area, the forward made no mistake in netting the opening goal of the afternoon.

Thavon Campbell came close to levelling proceedings for the home side in the 72nd minute when a quick throw-in from Carter created some space on the edge of the Macclesfield penalty area. After advancing towards goal, the wide-man could only put his effort over Jalal’s crossbar.

Wilson almost extended his own tally for the afternoon from close range as the game began to draw to a close, and Gime Toure can perhaps feel unfortunate to see his effort come back off the goal line. The ever-reliable Jalal also tipped a Ben Fox effort over the bar.

Despite the best efforts of both teams, 1-0 was the way it stayed and Macclesfield will go into Tuesday’s home game against Fylde on the back of this afternoons win.

Macclesfield Town line-up: Jalal; Baba, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kennedy; Richards (Burgess, 59), Hancox, Whitaker, Durrell (Arthur,56), Toure; Wilson.

Subs not used: O’Brien, Pilkington, Thompson.

By Steven Dale.

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