Macclesfield continued their disappointing run after being defeated 2-1 by promotion seeking rivals Worksop Town, despite being one goal to the good at halftime.
The Leasing.com Stadium played host to the Silkmen’s first home game of October which turned out to be a cagey affair between two evenly matched sides.
Neither side was overly threatened within the first 30 minutes. Worksop’s Terry Hawkridge saw a tame deflected effort well held by Connor O’Keefe in the Macclesfield net, whereas, up the other end, Neil Kengni couldn’t keep his header down from Luke Duffy’s in-swinging corner.
On the half-hour mark, a great solo run from captain Paul Dawson resulted in his attempt just firing over the bar.
The Silkmen drew first blood, when in the 36th minute, Alex Curran calmly slotted home after a perfectly threaded through ball from John Rooney to put Macclesfield one goal to the good, ten minutes from the break.
The lead was almost doubled within a minute after no one was able to turn in Danny Rowe’s superb ball across the face of goal.
Worksop worked their way back in to the game in the second half and got their reward through a penalty when Luke Hall was judged to have been tripped inside the Silkmen’s box. Connor O’Keefe guessed the right way and produced an excellent stop to deny the Tigers of an equaliser and send the ball out for a corner.
The jubilation didn’t last long though as George Taft nodded in the resulting corner for Worksop’s equaliser as well as his first for the club.
Both sides were looking to find a winner and it was the away side who were the ones who would be the ones to come away with all three points.
A corner that the Macclesfield defence failed to clear fell to Jay Rollins, who made no mistake and fired past O’Keefe to claim victory for the away side.
Defeat tonight for the Silkmen sees them fall out of the playoff spots into seventh position, whereas Worksop leapfrog their way over the Silkmen into fourth.
The Silkmen will look to bounce back from tonight’s disappointing defeat at home on Saturday in the FA Trophy when Halesowen Town travel to The Moss Rose
Macclesfield FC – O’Keefe, Pemberton, Sass (Lee, 52’), Fensome, Heathcote, Dawson, Kengni, Rooney, Rowe (Drummond, 60’), Curran (Murphy, 67’), Duffy
Worksop Town FC – Cooper, Atherton, Wilde, Wedgbury, Bencherif, Taft, Hawkridge (Broadhead, 87’), Starcenko, Hall, Rollins, Redford (Daniel, 79’)
Attendance – 2459
By Peter Boyd