(29-7-15) Macclesfield 0-4 Sheffield United (Friendly)

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Game number 4 of the 15/16 season

The fourth installment of this run of home pre-season friendlies brought undoubtedly the biggest test thus far. Sheffield United are a well established League 1 side, who have strengthened in key areas over the summer. A strike partnership of Billy Sharp and Connor Sammon is not ideal when your best defender is still out injured and a lack of fit strikers prevents any sort of sustained possession.

The first ten minutes saw both sides knocking the ball around well, in pretty typical pre-season fayre, plenty of time on the ball and few tackles going in. The opening goal was probably the best goal Macc have scored all pre-season, unfortunately the clean header which gave the keeper no chance was bizarrely directed into his own net by Tony Diagne. The on-loan Lincoln defender was also culpable minutes later as he allowed Billy Sharp to roll him and sweep home a second for the Blades.

The Silkmen never really recovered and Sheffield pressed their Conference opponents all over the pitch, not allowing the home side to gain any momentum. They posed questions all over the field, with pace and guile down the wings and movement up front and in midfield. In truth, the game coasted along in the second half, with both teams looking to get some miles in the legs and steer clear of injury.

With the season now ten days away there is still a lot of work to be done if Macc can even consider another play-off tilt. The front-line certainly needs a boost, with Jack Sampson having only played half a match, and Kristian Dennis the only other recognised forward to be signed up as yet. A back-up goalkeeper id also a necessity, as are a couple of squad players to take us up to the 18 player mark.

Entertainment = 3/10

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