Scott Wilson’s emphatic finish eleven minutes from time saw Macclesfield Town take the spoils in an entertaining pre-season friendly with Bury tonight.
In a game watched by the Legendary Macc ‘keeper Ryan Price, it was The Silkmen who started the brighter with Mitch Hancox and Scott Burgess going close within the opening exchanges.
Elliott Durrell had a great opportunity to open the scoring on 15 minutes when he sweetly struck a 25 yard half volley agonisingly wide of Joe Murphy’s far post in the Bury goal.
The League One outfit clawed themselves back in to the game however, and began to dominate possession mid way through the first half. Shaker’s Manager Lee Clarke was obviously distressed on the sidelines as his side failed to create any real clear cut chances, such was the resolute defending from the home side.
On 25 minutes, the impressive Elliott Durrell broke free on the right hand side, before firing a low cross across the six yard line which former York City striker Richard Brodie scuffed to give Murphy an easy save.
Eleven minutes before the interval, Tsun Dai breached the Silkmen defence and it took a fine save from Shwan Jalal’s feet to keep the deadlock intact.
Three minutes later, the SLE feared the worst when Nicky Ajose’s curling right yard effort from 35 yards looked to be heading in to the far corner of the net. However, the ball didn’t quite have the required dip on it as it sailed narrowly wide.
Tom Heardman hit a low shot wide on the stroke of half time and as the players left the field, the home fans in particular were encouraged by what they had seen during the opening 45 minutes.
Macc started the second half very much on the front foot, and two minutes after the restart were unlucky not to take the lead when new signing Tyrone Marsh flew down the left wing, only to see his low cross just too far out of Ryan Lloyd’s reach with the ‘keeper well beaten.
The visitors continued to enjoy the bulk of possession without really testing Shwan Jalal in the Macc goal and after 56 minutes Macc were could have gone a goal to the good when a trialist hit a sensational forty yard screamer just over the crossbar.
Bury still looked dangerous however, particularly on the counter-attack and The Silkmen had Jalal to thank on 69 minutes when he made a superb point blank save to deny the incoming Callum Reilly.
With both teams looking to be settling for a draw, Macc broke the deadlock eleven minutes from time when Kobi Arthur played Scott Wilson in, and the former Eastleigh man made no mistake – firing high in to the corner of the net, leaving their ‘keeper with no chance.
Tyrone Marsh could have doubled the lead five minutes from time, yet his attempted lob over the Bury keeper lacked the height it needed and proved to be an easy save.
All in all, a superb confidence booster against a strong Bury side and one which has hopefully given us fans a glimpse of what we can expect during the forthcoming season. It was also great to see the legendary Danny Whitaker back in a Macc shirt – it can’t be long before he signs now surely?
Macclesfield Town Starting XI: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Trialist, Lowe, Durrell, Kerr, Hancox, Burgess, Whitaker, Brodie.
Bury Starting XI: Murphy, O’Connell, Ismail, Mayor, Ajose, Aldred, Heardman, Styles, Day, Cooney, Danny.
Attendance: 431 (87 away).