FA TROPHY HOLDERS 2015 & NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH PLAY-OFF CHAMPIONS 2016

NFU 0 Macclesfield Town 2 (NL)

North Ferriby United  0

Macclesfield Town  2

George Pilkington 17; George Whitehead 27

Half time: 0-2

Attendance:  429

Macclesfield ran-out fairly comfortable winners against lacklustre Ferriby side.  Macclesfield deservedly lead at half-time.  They looked threatening nearly every time they attacked. Dave Whittaker and Kingsley James controlled the midfield throughout the game.


Macclesfield’s passing was quick and accurate and Ferriby allowed them too much space in midfield.
 

Ferriby went close to scoring in the opening minute but Macclesfield keeper Scott Flinders held Jake Skelton’s back header under the bar. That was the closes The Villagers would come to scoring in the whole game.
 

Mitch Hancox saw a header hit eh Ferriby bar and Dave Whittaker’s shot on the revpond was cleared off the line by Skleton.

The loss of defensive midfielder Connor Oliver  with a hamstring injury after just 11 minutes disrupted Ferriby but was still no excuse for the little impact the side made.

 

Macclesfield took the lead after 17 minutes through George Pilkington whose first-time shot from Whittaker’s corner found the top corner of the net. Although it was a good finish, it was also sloppy marking by Ferriby.

 

A minute later Watson had to race from his goal to block KJames’ shot with his legs.
 

The Silkmen doubled their lead 10 minutes later. Dudley beat Mark Gray to the ball and crossed to the unmarked George Whitehead who scored with a low shot from just inside the penalty area.

Ferriby created a couple of half chances but the closest they came was a Curtis Bateson cross-shot that flew narrowly  past the far post and a Reece Thompson shot that was held by Flinders.
 

Ferriby performed better in the second-half. They pushed Macclesfield back more often but failed to draw a save from keeper Scott Flinders.

 

At time Macclesfield looked a little insecure in defence but Ferriby could just not find a killer touch that could have made all the difference.
Once again, Macclesfield were able to win too many stray passes. Macclesfield were generally quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenges. This allowed them to disrupt Ferriby’s attacks and to launch their own assault on Ferriby.

Macclesfield should have won by a greater margin. They had a number of shots cleared off the line and also hit the bar.

Ferriby manager Steve Housham was  not happy man after the game.
“I was disappointed with our first-half performance. We conceded two bad goals. We had chances but failed to take them. We were not brave enough today and were beaten by the better team.”

This was  a disappointing result and performance after last week’s display at Southport. Ferriby need to find more consistency from one game to the next in the closing weeks of the season.

NFU: Rory Watson;  Sam Topliss, Mark Gray, Jake Skelton, Taron Hare, Connor Oliver  (Ryan Kendall 15), Curtis Bateson, Ross Armstrong, Reece Thompson, Sam Cosgrove (Darryn Stamp 84),  Danny Emerton,  Subs not used,  Ben Middleton, Jordan Douglas, Jordan Cooke


Macclesfield Town: Scott Flinders , Andy Halls, David Fitzpatrick,  Neill Byrne, George Pilkington ,  George Whitehead, Chris Holroyd , Kingsley James,  Mitch Hancox, Danny Whitaker, Anthony Dudley

Subs not used: Craig Ross, John McCombe, Reece Brown, Olly Norburn, Omry Perel  

 

 

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