Edging Towards Safety!
Posted by chris_saxon on February 01 2009 13:22:51
We’ve never lost to Macclesfield in the league and yesterday’s win maintained that run. Results are more important than performances and it was a case of three more vital points towards our goal of avoiding relegation from the Football League.

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Macclesfield Town proved to be stubborn, well organised opponents and until Rueben Reid’s fine lob doubled our lead the result was always in doubt. After three successive defeats the game took on added importance with Bournemouth and Grimsby in particular finally showing signs of a revival.

We started well and scored early on, Hudson finishing off a move that he began and finished, firing home from close range. After that the game took on a kind of midfield stalemate interrupted only briefly by the odd foray forward mostly by us. Macclesfield, unbeaten in the previous four games were unspectacular, well organised but lacking a cutting edge and Andy Warrington had very little to do in that first half. Then, almost without warning, they scored or at least they thought they had!

Sinclair somehow squeezed the ball past Warrington despite the attention of Fenton, fortunately, the linesman flagged for off side. General feeling was split, some thought it a good decision others a fortunate one amongst the home support.

Half time came and went and the game followed much the same pattern as before. We were generally on top without creating too much in the way of genuine scoring opportunities. Then another slightly controversial decision killed the game off, once again the linesman was involved allowing Rueben Reid to score with a deft lob despite initially being clearly offside. I suppose in these complicated times of was he wasn’t he offside, which seems to rear its ugly head week in week out, Reid got the benefit of the doubt from a linesman as clearly bemused as everyone else.

Whatever the ins and outs, we were two goals up and cruising though Macclesfield to their credit never gave up and forced a series of corners towards the end.

Just 2,940 hardy souls bothered to turn up and crowds might well dwindle still further with nothing too much to play for in the coming weeks. Roll on next season.

News that Grimsby, Luton , Chester and Accrington had all lost and Bournemouth had been thwarted by a late, late, goal at Lincoln and this win proved to be even more valuable.

Rumours are that we are to sign a couple of new players in the coming week and with another home game against promotion chasing Bury up next, things are looking up and might well spark at least a tad of interest and keep the fans coming in.

For now, enjoy the win and keep smiling, summer is on the way.

Chris S