Sun 03 Nov 13
at 05:07 AM
Macclesfield 3-2 Wrexham
Despite twice pulling back the Reds fell to a hat-trick from Connor Jennings despite goals from Joe Anyinsah and substitute Brett Ormerod.
A dramatic start with just 20 seconds on the clock, a bit of indecision between Wrexham defenders as Scott Boden went after the ball – Andy Coughlin dived down and we thought he tipped it away first.
The referee was close by and disagreed, pointing straight to the spot. Up stepped Connor Jennings to fire home off the underside of the crossbar for an early lead to the home team.
On eight minutes, Wrexham went so close to a leveller when a left wing corner from Dean Keates was meet by Andy Bishop’s head and his glancing effort was cleared off the home line for another corner.
Moments later another ball into the box was back headed by Bishop and home keeper Rhys Taylor needed to go full stretch to make sure it didn’t carry over his head!
On 11 minutes, Clarke sent in a dangerous free kick which was headed back across goal, but the ball just won’t sit up for either Dave Artell or Leon Clowes.
Wrexham draw level on 13 minutes, as Joe Anyinsah lifts the ball over the advancing Taylor on the end of the box to guide it home.
The former Bristol Rivers man was then crunched by Taylor, but the referee saw nothing wrong with that ‘challenge’ as Joe was Ieft lying on the ground.
Another officiating discussion finally went Wrexham’s way as a Macc striker forced Coughlin to drop the ball on the edge of his box before collecting it back – fair play to the linesman for getting that one right.
Cameraman Les Evans is then taken out in awful circumstances by Anyinsah – as the Wrexham man crashed into the photographer. Amazingly no yellow card for Joe!
Macc had a good opportunity on 23 minutes as Jennings got to the line and pulled his cross back for the waiting Boden, but the striker lifted this effort well over the crossbar from only 10-yards out.
Boden was once again alert in on the ball but Coughlin equal and saved with his feet.
There was a change for the Reds in defence as Clowes came hobbling off on 32 minutes, to be replaced by Steve Tomassen.
Clarke’s left wing corner a minute later, which he won with a good run into the box, was aimed at the back post where Artell got his head onto the ball, but could only steer over the crossbar.
An attempted clearance by Taylor was caught by the string wind and curled back for a corner. Tomassen was the one so close to applying the finishing touch as Clarke sent in another great delivery.
Then on the counter attack after 40 minutes, the Reds get caught flat at the back as a cross from their right wing was met by the prolific Connor Jennings to side foot home at the near post.
There was a great save from Taylor, as Bishop’s effort from the edge of the box was tipped round a post for yet another corner.
The Reds emerged for the second half looking to get back into the game and put plenty of pressure on the home side, but without worrying Taylor too much.
Then the Wrexham defence were split open on 53 minutes, as a low ball through the middle set Boden free, he raced 30-yards, but Coughlin made himself big and was able to get hand to divert the shot wide.
At the other end, Taylor got a little bit over confident and failed to control a back pass, with
Boden beat the offside trap again before hour, but the Wrexham defence covered back and his shot from the angle was once again saved by Coughlin
Back down at the other end and when Ogleby was denied space for a shot, he laid it back for Jay Harris to hammer an effort goal wards from 30 yards that Taylor somehow manage to tip away at full stretch.
We finally beat Taylor in the second half, but he was rescued by his defence as on the line the ball was hacked clear – even shouts for suspicion of handball, but play on. Keates was the one with the final shot, as the home side were all at sea.
On 62 minutes, Clarke set off on a run from the halfway line and after jinking his way into the box, Taylor was forced into another save to deny the Reds.
It was a very open game, with Macclesfield using their goal advantage to try and catch us with quick breaks.
Midway through the half and a double change for the home side as Winn and Boden make way for Scott Kay and Jack Mackreth.
More good play by Wrexham saw Anyinsah twice attempt to cross from the right, eventually winning a corner. The ball was played in and it took a big leap and punch by Taylor to clear the danger.
As Wrexham looked to make their own double change Cieslewicz for Bishop and Brett Ormerod for Anyinsah with 15 minutes remaining, Clarke fired a rising effort from 30 plus yards that was always rising over the target.
Ormerod won a corner and the cross by Clarke found Tomassen, but from eight yards he was another who failed to hit the target with his header at a set piece.
Back in it on 80 minutes, Ashton’s free kick is floated into the danger zone and when the home side can only clear as far as Ormerod, he picks his spot from eight yards.
Taylor came high for another Ashton free kick and this time took out one of his own players, Carl Martin, who needed attention from Mel Pejic.
Into added time and ling free kick carried on the wind, but Jennings got his head to the ball and looked his header over Coughlin.
A cruel finish for Wrexham who keep the pressure up right to the end and can be rightly proud of their efforts at the Moss Rose.
Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor, Andy Halls, Carl Martin, Steve Williams, Danny Andrew; Scott Boden (Jack Mackreth 69), Danny Whitaker (Chris Holroyd 84), Paul Turnbull, Peter Winn (Scott Kay 68), Connor Jennings, Danny Rowe.
Subs: Joe Connor, Arthur Gnahoua.
Wrexham: Andy Coughlin, Neil Ashton, Leon Clowes (Steve Tomassen 32), David Artell, Mark Carrington Joe Clarke, Dean Keates, Jay Harris; Andy Bishop (Adrian Cieslewicz">Adrian Cieslewicz 75), Joe Anyinsah (Brett Ormerod 75), Rob Ogleby.
Subs: Joslain Mayebi, Rob Evans.
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)
Macclesfield: Turnbull (86, foul), Jennings (88, foul)