REPORT | Macclesfield Town 4-1 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 09 Dec 2017

Despite Scott Boden scoring his first goal for Wrexham, it was the Silkmen who did what other teams haven’t against us and score second half goals to record a comfortable victory in trying conditions at the Moss Rose.

There was early disappointment foe the visitors as Sam Wedgbury missed out due to injury, with Akil Wright suffering the same fate, leaving James Hurst and Mark Carrington starting in midfield.

Boden lost the ball up front and a quick break saw, flick the ball on for Scott Wilson to sprint away from the halfway line and fire his shot low into the corner of the Wrexham net, across the exposed Dunn and inside the far post.

Interesting to watch the replays as it appeared at first viewing to be touch and go whether the number 9 had started his run a moment early.

With snow falling ever more intensely, the Reds were looking for a quick reply, with both Scott Boden and Chris Holroyd running the last man, chasing balls through channels.

Macc were certainly not sitting back on their lead and sent a couple of efforts close to Dunn’s goal, one in particular from David Fitzpatrick brought applause from the home supporters on 17 minutes.

On the half hour, James Hurst created his own opportunity when bring down a loose header and from 20-yards, at least forcing Shwan Jalal into a diving save to smother his effort.

On 34 minutes, the Wrexham goal had a fortunately let off as first Scott Burgess and then Fitzpatrick had efforts blocked in quick succession. Shaun Pearson was on the line to keep the first out and then the follow up failed to find the net.

Manny Smith up for a free kick on 40 minutes, caused Jalal to block a shot from a tight angle and then claim a high cross into his six-yard box.

Then ex-Macc Lad Holroyd sent in a long-range effort that was always just a bit too, although Jalal followed it all the way – just in case.

The Reds finished the half with a run by James Jennings, before his cross into the box managed to evade both attackers.

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From the kick-off, Tyrone Marsh fired a ball across the face of the Wrexham goal, but too hard for anyone to react and it carried on for a throw in.

On 51 minutes, Rutherford made a break down the right and although his cross for Holroyd was touched by centre half Keith Lowe, it wasn’t initially cleared, and the Wrexham man almost got a second chance, before the prostrate Lowe stuck out a boot to knock the ball away.

Although, it only went as far as Boden, some 18-yards out, but with traffic to negotiate his attempted chip carried well wide of its intended target.

There was a booking for Hurst on 56 minutes after he brought down Danny Whitehead in the Macclesfield half!

There was a debut for George Miller on the hour mark, as he replaced Marcus Kelly, and won a corner with his first touch of the ball.

This led to a passage of play where Wrexham pinned the Silkmen back in their own box.

As tempers became strained, the sub keeper for Macc was booked for holding onto the ball in the home dugout and almost getting into a fight with Kevin Roberts.

Back came the home side and Burgess saw his dipping effort knock the snow off Dunn’s crossbar, before the ball flew around the Wrexham box as bodies from both teams flailed after it!

A Rutherford free kick on 74 minutes lead to a corner that was initially played in for the head of Pearson and cleared by Jarad Hodgkiss. It was then played back in and getting his head on the end of the cross was Scott Boden to head home from eight yards, off the underside of the crossbar.

As an ex-Silkman and registering his first strike in a red shirt, he was more than a little happy!

Shortly afterwards another Rutherford corner from the right was met by the head of Carrington and his effort hit the side netting.

But back came Macclesfield and a through ball from Marsh set Wilson in on goal and he fired under the advancing Dunn to restore their lead on 78 minutes.

Two became three on 82 minutes, when Wilson claimed his hat-trick, finishing off from close range as the ball was fired in from their left.

At this stage, the snow was causing problems and volunteers was called from the crowd to clear the lines as they were getting covered by the white stuff. We even had a Father Christmas clad helper on the pitch!

Back underway and in Christmas card conditions the two teams tried their best to play out the closing minutes.

There were a massive eight minutes of added time indicated as a Macclesfield corner was aimed towards Fitzpatrick on the edge of the box and the full back fired home to make it 4-1!

Macclesfield Town: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Marsh, Wilson, Lloyd, Kennedy, Whitehead, Burgess, Whitaker.
Subs: Ramsbottom, Baba, Hancox, Arthur.

Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, M.Smith, Pearson, Jennings, Rutherford (Mackreth 83), Hurst, Carrington, Kelly (Miller 59), Holroyd, Boden.
Subs: Hurst, L.Smith, Massanka.

Referee: David Richardson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 2,402
Away: 911

Bookings -
 Ramsbottom (64, ungentlemanly)
Wrexham: Hurst (56, foul)


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