On This Day: Northampton Town 0 v 2 Macclesfield Town. Division 2. 20th March 1999.

Macclesfield Town secured their third consecutive Nationwide League Division Two victory nineteen ago today, as Sammy McIlroy’s side took maximum points at Sixfields.

Gillingham and Colchester United had both been defeated at the Moss Rose prior to the trip and this had ignited the belief that Macc could retain their Second Division status –  despite the league being filled with illustrious named such as Manchester City, Stoke City, Fulham and Wigan Athletic.

The Silkmen made all the early running and may well have taken the lead on 11 minutes, when midfielder Ben Sedgemore sent a venomous drive inches over the bar from thirty yards out.

Neil Sorvel and Richard Landon both then went close for the visitors, as McIlroy’s side dominated the first period.

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Neil Sorvel: Scored our second goal at Sixfields nineteen years ago today (Pic courtesy of Keith Wilson)

Although The Cobblers came out rejuvenated after the interval, the deadlock was broken just after the hour mark when Steve Wood finished a glorious Silkmen move by firing home from close range.

This catalysed the hosts into throwing everything they had at Ryan Price’s goal, yet the rearguard quartet of Steve Hitchen, Efe Sodje, Steve Payne and Darren Tinson defiantly stood their ground.

The victory was sealed six minutes from time, with a strike worthy of winning any contest.

Sorvel picked the ball up twenty five yards from goal and surged forward, before hammering a low drive across goal and into the far corner of the net.

The against all odds mantra proved to be alive and well as the final whistle blew, nobody ever doubted that we wouldn’t survive – even if logic stated otherwise.

Macclesfield Town: Price, Tinson, Hitchen, Payne, Sedgemore, Sodje, Askey, Sorvel, Landon (Bailey 88), Wood (Ingram 88), Durkan

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