- First of all a huge thank you to everyone who contributed towards the very worthwhile cause that was in support of the Etchells family, and also to Steve Mundy, Andy Mellor, Helen Davidson & Julian Bramhall who worked so hard around the ground in encouraging people to donate. Because of work commitments over the weekend, PBJ and I haven’t yet been able to undertake the arduous task of counting all the money, but rest assured I will give you the figure as soon as it is available. We will then look to invite the Etchells family down to the Moss Rose early in the New Year to receive what I sincerely hope is a very sizeable cheque,and of course the fully deserved acclaim of the Moss Rose faithful!
- It was great to see nearly 4,000 supporters packed into the Moss Rose and credit as always to the huge following of Vale fans who made the short journey and added immensely to a very positive atmosphere alongside over 2,000 Silkmen. If only we could get that sort of crowd every week wouldn’t it be fab?
- In the first half we were comfortably the better side, and should have been at least a goal up before the break. Their ‘keeper made two saves almost simultaneously that would have graced TV screens for weeks had it been one from the likes of Pickford or de Gea!!
- The second half was more even as Vale came back into the game, and all in all it was a decent spectacle for a game that produced no goals. Good buddy Adele (Barber) and I met up with a good friend and former work colleague of mine Mike Beasley (a season ticket holder at Vale) and some of his friends after the game for a bevvy or three in the various hostelries of Macclesfield. They were all complimentary of our performance considering our lowly position; stating that we were the better side and deserved the victory. Whilst I would agree we edged it overall, I would suggest that most neutrals would state that Vale (just about) deserved a point!
- I must admit that I was gutted to learn (before the start of the game) that Elliott Durrell was injured, and is to be out for about six weeks. Elliott is a genuine game-changer and capable of producing that magical spark that turns nil points into one, and one point into three. Such was the case on Saturday where I am convinced that with a fully fit Elliott in our starting eleven, that we would have won that game. C’est la vie!
- Silkmen legend and all round top bloke Danny (Whitaker) was out as well, and I heard a whisper that it was a back problem which I am pretty sure has been a bit of a nemesis for poor Danny over the years. The loss of two of our best players against a Vale side who are solid if unspectacular this season, could have really put the proverbial ‘cat amongst the pigeons’, but another very decent hardworking display was very encouraging to witness!
- Whatever Sol has done to our back-line, it is most definitely working. I lost count (as did Mike Beasley and his friends) of the amount of times that we caught the Vale forwards offside. I know I have said it time and time again but we MUST sign Nathan Cameron (my Man of the Match on Saturday) on a long term contract because he is just PURE QUALITY. The lad’s tackling and positional sense are phenomenal, and his calm assured style continues to positively influence young Fiacre Kelleher who now really seems to playing with a smile on his face; and developing his game all the time, which is so lovely to see!
- James Pearson has also been a revelation in recent weeks and I can see why many of my Silkmen compatriots chose him as Man of the Match on Saturday. If the lad continues to improve as he has done since getting a regular berth in the Silkmen starting eleven; I fear that we may well lose him to bigger and wealthier clubs in the near future.
- Ex-Valiant Ryan Lloyd was magnificent on Saturday, and must have covered every blade of grass on the Moss Rose pitch. Ryan never stopped all game, and his never say die attitude was epitomised when very late into the game he chased down what appeared to be a lost cause, winning a throw and drawing immense praise from yours truly and all those around me in the Star Lane End, and those stood adjacent to Butch’s bar!
- How good was it to see ‘Sir’ John Askey and Nick Bianchi in the McIlroy Suite after the game. Nick is such a charismatic and welcoming character and I have genuinely missed his warm and affable demeanour during many games this season. As for ‘Sir’ John who was sporting a very distinguished looking grey beard; it is always the greatest of pleasure to see John; the most iconic figure on our club’s history back at the Moss Rose where he will always be made more than welcome by the adoring Silkmen faithful. And finally, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year which I sincerely hope sees us battling away in the elite of the 92 clubs this time next year!
Featured image courtesy of Chelsie Wilson.