Macclesfield Town Under 21s suffered their second successive defeat this afternoon, as a well organised and hard working Glossop North End side reigned victorious at the Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium.
The contest began in frantic fashion, with both sides looking to assert their authority right from the off.
Yet it was the hosts who managed to create the bulk of the early chances, with Downend and Davies both going close within the opening three minutes.
Jim Hall’s side had ‘keeper Mike Smith to thank on 5 minutes, as he produced a phenomenal save to deflect Davies’ close range header around the post.
On 12 minutes the Derbyshire outfit came again, this time Jamie Derbyshire rattled the near post after he had surged through the Silkmen ranks.
Liam Turner was then denied by another superb Smith save and by this point the hosts really had begun to dominate proceedings.
The deadlock was broken on 15 minutes, when James Lawton fired a venomous low drive into the left hand corner of the net from twenty five yards out.
Despite taking the lead, Glossop’s potency was not diluted by any stretch of the imagination and just three minutes later they could have doubled their lead when Derbyshire latched onto a long ball into the penalty area, before firing wide of Smith’s far post.
Following a slight lull in play, the hosts carved out a guilt edged chance to extend their lead on the half hour mark, as Derbyshire’s cross from the left was audaciously flicked just wide of the far post by Liam Turner.
Sixty seconds later, Thomas Kerr proved to be the hero for Macc as he brilliantly stopped Turner from running through on goal with a superbly times challenge.
The hosts were awarded a controversial penalty six minutes before the interval, when the Referee adjudged that Samson Ogundaisi had pulled on Derbyshire’s shirt.
Justice was done however, as Elliott Fletcher smashed his spot kick over the bar and as the sides went in to the half time interval, they were both acutely aware of just how important that miss could be.
Macc came out for the second period looking rejuvenated and defiant.
Just two minutes after the resumption of play, Enoch Likoy-Elumba surged through on goal, yet he could only send his fierce effort wide of the near post.
Despite the visitors dominating possession, Glossop could well have added to their tally on 53 minutes, as Smith pulled off another spectacular save to deny Derbyshire’s near post thunderbolt.
Five minutes later Derbyshire would double the host’s lead however, as he seized on a mix up within the Macc defence to round Smith and tap the ball into an empty net.
It was harsh on Jim Hall’s side who had looked the likelier of the two sides to strike, yet Macc did not stop battling despite the setback.
Dion Kemp left his marker for dead on the hour mark, before launching a pinpoint cross into the box from the right which Neeki Arkian volleyed over the bar from six yards.
Dan Dolling then forced his way into the Glossop penalty area, before he also sent his powerful effort over the bar and this was followed by Sam Jordon forcing Knight into a good stop at his near post.The deficit was reduced with twenty minutes left on the clock, as the impressive Kemp blasted home Kai Del Rio’s cross from the right from twenty yards out.
Kemp launched another left footed pile-driver three minutes later as Macc searched for an equaliser, yet this time Knight was on hand to parry the ball to safety.
Jordan then fired wide for the visitors after great work from Likoy-Elumber down the left, yet Macc were thankful to Kerr once more in the 78th minute, as he brilliantly dispossessed Davies after running all of fifty yards to clear the danger.
Ogundaisi was then shown a farcical second yellow card by the Referee for leaving the field due to cramp, before the visitors wrapped the game up with a blistering counter attack.
With Mike Smith scurrying back to his goal following a corner at the other end, Turner capped a brilliant individual performance by firing into an empty net from thirty yards.
Macclesfield Town: Smith, Ogundaisi, Simpson, Biggin, Kerr, Arkian, Kemp, Deane, Scully, Dolling, Likoy-Elumba
Subs: Nolan, Jones, Del Rio, Jordan, Davidson