(5-9-15) Macclesfield 2-1Woking (Vanarama National League)

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Game 13 of the season

An excellent victory for the Silkmen over high flying Woking in a highly entertaining game, followed by a drab game on TV in San Marino.

It was clear from the off that this would be a decent game, between two sides that wanted to try and play football. However, for all the nice football, the opening goal had a bit of the Sunday league about it, as Cole spilled the ball under pressure from Paul Lewis, and Kristian Dennis was in the right place once again to tap home a poachers goal after 14 minutes.

The game ebbed and flowed for the rest of the first half, with neither side able to create any clear cut chances. The partnership of Neil Bryne and George Pilkington looks like it is starting to develop, and they combined well at times to nullify the movement of Holman.

In a match where both defences looked solid, it was going to take another mistake or a moment of good play to add to the score, and it was Macc who made it two with a well worked goal. After Cole had saved well from a Dennis header, Holroyd was composed enough to play a side -footed cross across the six yard box and Bryne was on hand to roll the ball into the net and notch his first goal since his summer move from Telford.

As is often the case, Macc were slightly more cautious after establishing the two goal cushion, and Woking became more adventurous with the introduction of positive substitutions and a move to 3 up front. John Askey chose to keep his options open and failed to use any of his bench, which included new signing David Fitzpatrick.

With five minutes to go, Woking were looking menacing and managed to push the home side back deep into their own half with sustained possession. A goal was looking likely, but It took a wonderful strike from 20 yards by Joey Jones to give the away side hope, as he bent the ball past a stranded Jalal. There was an air of concern amongst the Moss Rose faithful, clearly scarred by the memories of the previous home match. However, there was no need to worry as Macc managed to close out the game in fairly comfortable fashion.

A welcome three points, and a momentum builder on the back of the win at Grimsby. The challenge will be to keep the run going with difficult away trips to Bromley and Cheltenham in the next week.

Entertainment = 7/10


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