Ahead of this Saturday’s National League clash with Woking, we look back at one of my favourite matches involving Macclesfield Town when The Cards made the journey to the Moss Rose back in December 1994.
Sammy McIlroy’s Silkmen were on a magnificent run of nine consecutive victories, with just one more needed to set a Conference record.
The run started way back in October, when four second half goals saw Macc register a comfortable 4 – 1 win against Farnborough.
A 3 – 0 win against Stafford Rangers the following Saturday set us up nicely for a trip to local rivals Altrincham the Tuesday after.
Goals from Sir John and Neil Sorvel saw Macc leave Moss Lane with all three points after a 2 – 1 victory.
Askey was on the scoresheet again the following Saturday, when his strike just before the interval proved enough to see off Yeovil Town.
A trip to the Drill Field then followed where another dominant showing resulted in a 3 – 1 win with Phil Power, Neil Sorvel and John Askey once more finding the net.
Having already accumulated five consecutive victories, Macc then faced Bath City at the Moss Rose on 5th November 1994.
The day is etched in the nation’s collective memory due to the fact that the National Lottery was launched on the same day, and Macc certainly pulled a lucky ticket out of the bag as Neil Howarth’s injury time winner saw the winning run extend to six games.
Three first half goals against Dagenham and Redbridge were added to by the seemingly prolific Howarth to give Macc a 4 – 0 victory the following Saturday, and a second half Phil Power brace against Gateshead extended the winning run to eight a week later.
The Silkmen then travelled across the Welsh border to face Merthyr Tydfil, which was a regular occurrence in those days.
Phil Power and John Askey struck as Macc registered a 2 – 1 victory as the winning run extended to nine games.
The previously held Conference record had been equalled, and all eyes were now set on Woking’s visit to the Moss Rose.
The two sides shared a healthy rivalry in those days, with charismatic ‘keeper Lawrence Batty regularly being the brunt of some “colourful” chants from the home support.
The day itself was awful, I mean really awful as it never stopped raining.
Yet we had a job to do and as the match kicked off, Macc signalled their intent by terrorising Woking’s goal right from the off.
On 23 minutes, The Silkmen got their reward when Steve Payne picked up the ball on the left hand side of the area, before rifling a low drive across the face of goal and in to the far corner of the net.
Four minute before half time, Ian Monk doubled the Silkmen’s lead, after a devastating run from the half way line was cooly finished by sliding the ball past Batty in the visitors goal.
Woking did press during the second half, but in truth Macc could have had one or two more with Michael Midwood and Phil Power going close during the closing stages.
A perfect ten for Macc, a new Conference record and a massive stride towards our first Conference title.
Macclesfield Town; Farrelly, Locke, Bimson, Payne, Howarth, Sorvel, Askey, Monk, Wood, Power, Midwood