Imps 2 Macclesfield 3 Battling Imps Below The Macc Par Then… A View From The Stacey West

Oh how times have changed, Macclesfield are the big noises now and they came and conquered even if the score suggests the gulf in quality was closer than it really was, or should I say is.  For there was little pomp and splendour to celebrate Keith’s memory at an ever emptying Sincil Bank even if the stats say we broke 2000 today. Officially 2009 turned up less the 78 Silkmen making just 1931 Imps, a figure, well date with destiny,  that reminds me of the great depression.

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But let us not rain on what surely must have been a thriller given the 3-2 scoreline. A warm welcome to the Silkmen, first the teams and schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imps or Silkmen fan at.  Thank you for reading Prof Albeanz-Present

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Saturday  25 th August K.O at 3 pm

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Lincoln City 2 Macclesfield 3 (H/T 11)

Scorers

 Fairhurst 12 Taylor 31 Barnes-Homer 77  Holroyd 87 Boyce 89

Att  2009

Imps 1931  Silkmen 78

The Teams & Schemes

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Lincoln City

4-4-2

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Farman (y-65)

15 Gray 19 Hutchison  5 Boyce (Y45+2) 3 Nutter

35 Dayley 8 Power 4 Mills  12 Sheridan

10 Taylor  37 McCammon

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Substitutions

68 Larkin on for Dayley 69 Oliver on for McCammon 82′ Nicolau on for Sheridan

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Subs

27 Turner 2 Robson 34 Larkin 16 Nicolau 14 Vadaine

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Macclesfield

4-4-2

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1 Cronin

2 Jackson, 5 Brown, 23 Charnock 22  Braham-Barrett, 

12 Mendy 8 Murtagh 19 Kissock (Y-65) 18 Henry

9 Barnes-Homer 20 Fairhurst

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Substitutions

78′ Diagne on for Jackson 81′ Winn For Kissock 86 Holroyd on for Fairhurst

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Subs

14 Diagne 7 Makreth 32 Holroyd 11 Winn 30 Edmans

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But to the game footy fans to the game………………..

With Miller pulling out, pardon the pun, with a groin strain prior to proceedings, Hutchison and Sheridan were the only changes, despite the need for yet another Friday afternoon signing. But hope sprang eternal as the Imps kicked off towards the home end only to see Gray concede a corner that the linesman gave as off-side.  He would halt live-wire wide-boy Henry at the expense of a corner moments later too.  Taylor twisted and turned but shot straight at Cronin before Kissock fizzed one straight down Farman’s throat.

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Kissock and Murtagh were running the midfield and it was of no surprise to see them go ahead on a dozen minutes. Henry had moved right and received from Barnes-Homer, to flail Sheridan and Nutter alive before cutting back a bouncing cross. Boyce and Hutchison hesitated, Fairhurst did not. He compensated for the ref’s deflected assist and thumped home a rising drive into the top corner.

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 Kissock, is a Jekyll and Hyde, turning from hero to villain at will, but oh how the baying Imps would have him here if we could. He sent Dayley, the Impish hair A over B. Mills chipped a beauty over but ex-Imp Brown beat McCammon in the air with ease.  Despite conceding more inches than a  Ritzy regular with a broken stiletto, Nat reigned supreme all day over the missing Mark Massive.
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That said the defensive side of our game kept us in it and even the flagging faithful sensed we would get a chance at some point. We did on 31. Sheridan, who had put in a great defensive shift, ventured beyond the half -way line chancing that he might not get a nose bleed in doing so.  His diagonal twenty yard ball found Taylor’s feet and, we knew to trust in Jamie from that point on.  He took a touch and shot firmly across Cronin for a 31st minute equaliser that had us dancing in the Sincil aisles. Cronin will not be quite so pleased.
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For the last 14 minutes of the half, our tails were up, well relatively speaking as Mills hit nothing more than a loosener straight at Cronin.  Taylor the angle against him having had to do it all drew two saves from Cronin in a kit just bursting with vitamin C.  A silky reverse pass from Fairhurst saw brave Boycey charge down  Barnes-Homer’s drive and Power turned up at last, but his cross would have meant McCammon needed to jump to threaten Cronin, who claimed with ease.
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Second Half. 
Holdsworth and King both kept the faith in their respective elevens.  The Imps had the first effort of the half as Taylor cleverly played in Dayley, who cleared the stand.  But Kissock who had been running down blind allies or choosing the wrong passes suddenly clicked. He would be a dervish, a panto villain yes, but the one who made the neutrals realise BSP football can be aesthetically pleasing on the eye.  His antics and gamesmanship may disgust but his skills and entertainment value are a must for the Macc machine to function. Poor Mills was slain and Power, well you tell me!

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Farman saved, 30 grand Orient target Mendy’s goal-bound header magnificently to keep us in it.  Then some sublime one-touch saw Kissock through but one on one with Farman, he could only connect with his knee.  Kissock wanted a penalty, the Passionistas wanted his head and the  two eye-balled, only for things to worsen moments later.  A Macc corner found Kissock, Farman pounced bravely and the handbags were out. The cards came too, a yellow apiece, but there would be more to come and soon.
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A change to 4-3-3 for the Imps as Larkin, who did not touch the ball, came on for Dayley and Vadaine for ‘Markless’ McCammon.  A long  ball from Brown caught the Imps out, finding Kissock who chased down the left channel only to be felled by Boyce. Was it a dive or to the right of the area? No said Ref Joyce to a protesting Boyce and pointing  to the spot.  Fairhurst strode forth and fired, Farman saved to his right. Barnes-Homer’s follow up was parried too, but the statues allowed him to curl home from what should have been an impossible angle –  from the six-yard line -across the unguarded net.  Farman had words and rightfully so.
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The Imps tried to respond. Jackson was crocked for a second time and this time had to leave the field for good.  Taylor the life and soul, flicked a delightful header goal-wards, but Cronin was equal to it. Oliver was awfully slow to try to mop up the scraps. Winn thankfully replaced Kissock and you felt there might be an opportunity for a point. But Holroyd then replaced Fairhurst.  A sublime flick from Barnes-Homer, after he had mugged Mills blind, saw him take a touch and chip cheekily into the top corner from 20 yards, when one on one with Farman.
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Gray, showed gumption and gusto for the cause after being booked for battering Winn.  His awesome run and cross found Beast Bank Boycey, powering down the left to complete a back four charge of the Light Brigade.  His back post blast was unstoppable to bring us back to 3-2.  Five injury time minutes yielded another miss from Oliver and a free-kick from Power(less) that might have been ball to hand as it fell at Cronin’s feet. He dived on it to run down the clock with the Imps screaming for a penalty and an equaliser that we scarcely deserved.

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Stats

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48 % Ball  52%

4 Shots on 6

7 Misses 7

Saves 2

3 Corners 6

3 Offside 6

Fouls 10

2 Yellows 

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 down 1 Newport County 4 4 0 0 12 5 7 12
2 down 2 Hereford United 4 3 1 0 11 5 6 10
3 up 13 Tamworth 4 3 1 0 9 4 5 10
4 down 4 Macclesfield Town 4 3 0 1 8 4 4 9
17 down 17 Grimsby Town 4 0 3 1 2 3 -1 3
18 down 18 Lincoln City 4 1 0 3 5 7 -2 3
19 down 19 Dartford 4 1 0 3 3 6 -3 3
20 down 20 Hyde FC 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2
21 down 6 Barrow 4 0 2 2 2 6 -4 2
22 down 22 Nuneaton 4 0 2 2 6 11 -5 2
23 down 23 Southport 4 0 2 2 4 9 -5 2
24 down 11 Kidderminster Harriers 4 0 0 4 2 7 -5 0

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Posted on August 25, 2012, in A View From The Stacey West by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs & Match Reports, All the Formations: The Teams & schemes, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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