Game number 12 of the 2014/15 season
The second round of fixtures in the top tier of non-league football brought together two sides expected to struggle this season. The Silkmen came into this on the back of an opening day victory over Braintree, while the Bucks held on for an impressive away point at Welling; despite being reduced to nine men.
The result was a thoroughly entertaining game played at an impressive tempo considering the stage of the season. The first half produced four goals, the pick of which was a superb volley from Owens. Struck after good control of the chest, it just clipped the underside of the bar, with Taylor well beaten. Goal of the season contender and one which will no doubt see Owens try his luck at every opportunity for the rest of the season.
A memorable moment in the first half, as an errant Telford effort from the edge of the box struck the face of the stand, high above Rhys Taylor’s goal. Whilst it was disappointing to miss the sight of all available ball boys within 3 miles being scrambled to retrieve the ball from someones garden; we were treated to a giant ‘R’ tumbling from the stand, narrowly avoiding the Macclesfield custodian. Cue possibly the loudest cheer of the evening.
As so often happens, 3-1 proved to be a dangerous lead. Macc seemed intent to sit back and invited pressure for long periods of the second half. Telford’s bombardment comprised long throws, what seemed like 15 corners and a central defenders making various forays into Silkmen territory. A combination of luck, Rhys Taylor and some woeful finishing allowed the away side to cling on.
An excellent victory for Macc, to maintain a 100% start. A marked contrast from last season, where six points took an excruciating ten games to accumulate. Just another 44 points from safety………
Entertainment = 7/10