Date: 19th March 2006 at 8:52am
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County broke the 6000 mark for the second time this season as we also recorded our third straight win.

Jim Gannon made 3 changes to the County team that beat Oxford last week. Aidan Collins, Jason Taylor and Jamie Ward all made there first starts for County, they replaced Matty Hamshaw, Rob Clare and David Beharall.

County took the lead after just 10 minutes, when some good build up play down the right hand side resulted in a cross from Keith Briggs which flew of Macclesfield?s Michael Briscoe?s head and into the net to give County the lead with an own goal.

County were hungry for more goals, and on the half hour mark new boy Jason Taylor had a volley from a couple of yards out well saved by Macclesfield keeper Tommy Lee.

However the momentum seemed to swing in Macclesfield?s direction, when Premiership referee gave a corner to Macclesfield when the ball appeared to not leave the field.

Mark Robinson cleared off the line from the following corner, and from here on in County were to be put under severe pressure.

Macclesfield?s most dangerous player looked to be the striker Matty McNeill, who recently signed from Hyde United, he saw his effort go wide at the beginning of the second half.

Liam Dickinson, who was starting to look tired, also saw his header go wide after a good cross from Adam Griffin.

Danny Whitaker had a shot well tipped over the bar by James Spencer, and from the resulting corner County broke away but Dickinson?s through ball was just too hard for the impressive Jamie Ward to control.

There was a mini handbags when Kevin McIntyre lunged in on Tes Bramble right in front of the dugouts. It is rumoured that even the manager?s exchanged a few words. It took Premiership ref Mark Halsey a couple of minutes to restore order, only to give McIntyre just a yellow card.

Some good build up play from Macclesfield this time resulted in a through ball finding John Miles, but Spencer left his line quickly and did very well to stop Miles finding the equaliser.

Matty McNeill saw his header go over as time was running out for Macclesfield to find an equaliser. At the other end a good turn from Bramble in the box was followed by a blocked shot, but Bramble could have found Adam Griffin who was free in the box.

Jamie Ward, the most impressive player of the day, had a good effort saved when he turned and twisted outside the box and tried to curl one in the top corner, it was heading goalwards but was well saved by the Macclesfield keeper.

County found their second goal when a free kick on the right hand side found its way to substitute Adam Le Fondre, one of only 3 men in the box, who tapped home from a yard out.

Macclesfield thought they had a late goal, but Spencer pulled off an acrobatic save to keep his clean sheet.

County had recorded their third straight win and looked nearly safe, the last time this happened was in April 2003 under Carlton Palmer.

With County on 43 points now, would 7 more points be enough?


2 Replies to “County Get Payback On Macc”

  • Agree. 7 points to safety. Macc could well have had a point though. If that monster centre forward they have gets his radar working he will surely get the goals to keep Macc up. Another Cheshire derby next year then!

  • Fantastic result. 3 wins on the bounce, with Torquay and Bury coming up that could easily change to 5 wins on the bounce! I’ve never been this optimistic in ages!

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