MATCH REPORT: MACCLESFIELD 4 V 2 COLNE

Neil Danns led from the front, claiming a goal and two assists as Macclesfield comfortably saw off Colne in the NPL West.

Head Coach Danns made one change from the draw at Clitheroe – as Alex Curran replaced the injured James Hardy.

It was the visitors who had the better of the early exchanges, but it was Macc who had the first real effort of the game as Brandon Lee’s low cross was hooked away by Thomas Hoyle.

Just a minute after that, it was The Silkmen who took the lead as Neil Kengni finished off a brilliant solo run with a powerful strike beating Thomas Donaghy at his near post.

An intricate move from Macc then almost brought a second as Berry, Lee and Danns all combined before keeper Donaghy closed down the angle on Lee.

Neil Danns’ side subsequently came close twice in quick succession as James Berry forced a smart save out of the Colne keeper and then turned provider for Nicky Maynard whose free header flew just wide.

Bang on the half-hour mark, Macc doubled their lead after Tre Pemberton’s pass in behind The Reds’ defence found Neil Danns who crossed to Curran who smartly finished off.

Not long later, The Silkmen looked to have the game wrapped up as they found a third in scrappy fashion as a number of players battled for the ball, but it was the Head Coach himself who eventually bundled the ball home.

The visitors were awarded a penalty 10 minutes into the second half, after strong work from Enock Lusiama found Craig Carney who was brought down by Stanway.

Lusiama stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and sent Stanway the wrong way to reduce the arrears.

Minutes later, Danns scored Macc’s fourth in fine fashion, as Berry squared to the ball to the former Crystal Palace man who fired a stunning strike into the top corner.

Donaghy kept Colne in the game on many occasions and was there again to tip over a fierce strike from 25 yards out to deny Luke Murphy from the original short corner.

Macclesfield will have been disappointed they couldn’t see the game out as Colne pulled back a late consolation as Lucas Weaver’s strike beat Stanway low to his right.

It was a game where the hosts were in control as attention now turns to Merseyside and a trip to Bootle who inflicted Macc’s first home defeat of the season.

Macclesfield: Stanway, Pemberton, Lee, Fensome, Mendy, Murphy, Kengni, Danns (81), Maynard (59), Curran (60), Berry

Subs: Massanka (59), Duffy (60), Drummond (81)

Subs unused: Cowan, Grimshaw

Attendance: 3781

By Ben Leah.

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