MATCH REPORT: Horwich R.M.I (Macclesfield FC Reserves)

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Macclesfield F.C. Reserves lose close encounter against Horwich R.M.I. by two goals to one

Macclesfield F.C. Reserves lose close encounter against Horwich R.M.I. by two goals to one

Macclesfield can consider themselves extremely unlucky as only a superb performance from the visiting goalkeeper and a controversial penalty denied them a point at home.

After a quiet first 20 minutes the opening big chance bought the opening goal as a penalty won just inside the area was slotted away calmly by Macclesfieldโ€™s number 10 Aidan McDade.

The two sides tussled for the next 18 minutes but it was the away side that dealt the next blow.

A free kick from around 23 yards was struck well and as it hit the upright the rebound was tucked away to level the scoreline.

Then, just seven minutes later came possibly the most bizarre incident of the game as a controversial penalty was awarded for the away side.

The attacker was seemingly fouled when attempting to take a shot on the half volley, but either way the penalty was converted in the bottom left corner giving Horwich the lead going into the break.

Despite all three goals being scored in the first half, much of the action came in the second 45 minutes.

Macclesfield started the second half with real intent, and they were only denied an equaliser just four minutes after the restart by a brilliant double save.

The Horwich goalkeeper pulled off a spectacular block to deny a very unlucky Mason Brown from close range.

The home side continued to press creating several half chances with number 9 Jaylen Findley going close from the centre of the area, he was denied once again by the opposition goalkeeper.

With full time approaching one more big chance presented itself from a corner but the header from substitute Erwan Friche smacked against the crossbar and the rebound drifted just wide.

In the end it was a good performance from Macclesfield for little reward.

They will look to bounce back in their next fixture.

by Ben Hazelden