Macclesfield Town returned to winning ways last night, after a rampant second half performance put Dover Athletic to the sword.
Tyrone Marsh’s first goal for club proved to be enough to claim maximum points, and Macc now go into Monday afternoon’s Cheshire derby looking to pick up six points from the Bank Holiday weekend.
Despite Danny Whitaker testing Mitch Walker as early as the second minute, it was the visitors who were on the front foot during the early exchanges.
On 12 minutes Keith Lowe had to be at his best to bravely block a double attempt at goal by Kane Richards, but in truth Macc struggled to get going.
The Lilywhites began to dominate possession and for a stage at least, looked far more likely to break the deadlock.
On 21 minutes, a mix up in the Macc defence resulted in the ball bobbling around the six yard area, but Jalal came out to smother the ball just before Ryan Bird could get his shot away.
A minute later Macc looked to hit Dover on the break, and when Gime Toure cut inside from the left it looked a stonewall penalty when he was bundled over inside the box.
Referee Hart turned the vehement protests down however, much to the displeasure of the fairly healthy Friday night crowd.
For some reason it looked like Macc were starting to panic, and perhaps that was due to the fact that they were desperate to return to winning ways after back to back defeats on the road.
Dover could sense this no doubt, and looked to turn the screw as the first half wore on.
On 27 minute the visitors really should have taken the lead when a dangerous cross from the left flew across the six yard line, before Josh Passly took a touch and smashed his close range effort straight at Jalal.
Elliott Durrell’s curling long range attempt then went well wide on the half hour mark, as Macc struggled to find their man with numerous mis-placed passes.
Ten minutes before the break, Dover thought that they had broken the deadlock when Tobi Sho-Silva gave the Macc defence a clear pair of heels, before smashing the ball in to the roof of the net.
Yet the linesman on the far side came to our rescue by raising his flag for offside, and so the attempt was thankfully ruled out.
Two minutes later the hosts fought back as Toure skilfully created space on the edge of the area, before laying the ball off to Ryan Lloyd whose twenty yard drive flew agonisingly over the bar.
Less that sixty seconds had passed when Ryan Bird broke free down the right hand side, yet after doing all the hard work to get in to a good position, he embarrassingly ballooned his attempt over the bar.
Dover ended the half in the ascendancy as the home fans prayed for the whistle to go before the deadlock was broken in their favour.
In first half stoppage time it was Bird again who proved to be there danger, as he charged through the Macc defence, before hammering an attempt at goal which was brilliantly blocked by the sliding Keith Lowe.
As the half time whistle went, Macc fans knew that there had to be an improvement if they were to avoid a third consecutive defeat.
Yet whatever Sir John said to the lads during the interval worked to a tee, as a totally invigorated Silkmen side took to the field for the second period ready to go all out for the win.
They dominated possession in the early exchanges, and seemed to have an unbreakable conviction that the three points would be won at any cost.
Four minutes after the restart the deadlock was broken, as the returning Elliott Durrell majestically left the Dover backline standing before his pinpoint cross from the right was nodded in by Tyrone Marsh at the back post.
The players went wild, the fans went wild, and even Roary the Lion could not contain his joy as he celebrated with the players.
Yet Macc were not happy with just the one goal, and proceeded to absolutely terrorise our visitors, looking for a second.
Dover were made to look like a mere patch of their former selves, as wave after wave of Macc pressure was thrown at them.
On 57 minutes Durrell was again the danger man after he sped down the right wing once more, this time squaring the ball for Scott Burgess who was unlucky to see his twenty five yard effort sail just over the bar,
Just after the hour mark, the visitors launched their first real attack of the half but after some confident build up play Nortey hammered his shot wide from the edge of the area.
On 67 minutes, only a superb save from Mitch Walker could deny Scott Burgess from doubling Macc’s lead, as he smashed a stunning twenty five yard drive towards goal which was acrobatically tipped over by the visiting ‘keeper.
Three minutes later Mitch Hancox surged through the Dover midfield before being cynically pulled back thirty yards from goal.
Elliott Durrell sent the resulting free kick in to the box it would evade everyone but only a desperate parry from Walker prevented a deserved second goal being registered.
On 75 mins Gime Toure made space in the box before his effort was tipped over the bar by Walker, yet Macc continued to dominate despite not being able to find the killer second goal.
A minute later Scott Burgess hit a spectacular thirty yard drive which was sent around the post by Walker, and from Durrell’s resulting corner Keith Lowe could only direct his powerful header wide of the far post.
Despite the odd isolated moments of panic in the Macc defence, the visitors never really threatened to take a share of the spoils during the closing exchanges.
Macc continued to play flowing, attacking football in search of their second and as such they saw the game out with relative ease.
Following the game Assistant Manager had this to say to Silkmen TV –
All in all it was a great night for Macc despite their poor first half performance. They were good value for the win, and playing the sort of football which we witnessed in the second half, it is clear to see why so many of the squad are focusing themselves on sending this club back in to the Football League.