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Date: 10-10-15 gif Venue: Moss Rose gif att: 1653 gif away fans: 150
Harriers remain rock bottom after another defeat

gif Report: Phil Lench
With a new man at the helm the Harriers travelled up early to Macclesfield looking to win their first game of the season.  Up early because the game was being televised by the BT Sport cameras while the new man in charge of rescuing us from relegation is the former Forest Green and Leeds Utd manager Dave Hockaday.  As it was we didn't get that long awaited win and neither did we excel in front of the cameras.

We started with a few changes to the side and to the bench with Alex Palmer dropped in favour of Dean Snedker while new loan signing, Jordan Murphy, replaced the injured Tahvon Campbell out wide.  On the bench was another new signing with Callum Hassan taking the place of Calvin Dinsley while Lathaniel Rowe-Turner also went to the bench after Jordan Tunnicliffe returned from suspension.  There was still no sign of Gurjit Singh as he remains out of the side through injury.

The first half was a slightly turgid affair with the home side shading the first fifteen minutes but once the Harriers lost their nerves we began to play the ball around nicely until it came to the final third and the strikers failed to do their stuff.  We could have been without a striker just a few minutes into the game when Reece Styche stupidly kicked out at Macclesfields Tony Diagne after Diagne had appeared to foul him in a 50/50 jump for the ball.  Styche was lucky that the referee had failed to see the incident otherwise we could have been seeing a second red card of the season for Styche.

In goal for us Snedker, playing his first game since a mistake at home to Wrexham towards the start of the season, was having a blinder but he couldn't do much about the poor defending in front of him that allowed Town to open the scoring.  As usual we fell asleep at a corner and when George Pilkington's header came back into the area Diagne struck but the ball was blocked on the line by Kevin Toner.  Six Harriers players stood ball watching as Diagne fired in the rebound.

A few minutes later and Macc had extended their lead.

Just after Snedker had brilliantly saved from Dean Whitehead the hosts were awarded another corner and again Pilkington made the most of the static Harriers defence to play the ball back in for Danny Rowe to fire the ball home.
  HT: 2 - 0
The second half kicked off with the Harriers still struggling to retain possession or to defend their lines adequately but slowly they began to come into the game.  Kelvin Langmead had a header saved well by the Town keeper Shan Jalal and then he blocked a shot from the impressive Jordan Murphy as the Walsall loanee broke clear but couldn't quite finish the move off.

Snedker was called back into action when he dived superbly to stop Whiteheads strike from increasing the Silkmens lead to three just before Toner was withdrawn from the game to bring Lathaniel Rowe-Turner on in a straight swap.  LRT was straight into action as he got back to blocked a shot from going in while at the other end Styche should have done better when he blazed a shot over the bar from close range.  Not the best thing to do in front of your new gaffer who has also been your old gaffer.

In the seventy second minute new signing Callum Hassan came on for Luke Maxwell following a booking for the tall defender minutes earlier.  The also tall Hassan was straight into action and put himself about enough to cause some panic in the Macclesfield defence.

A few minutes later and we had pulled a goal back.  We were awarded a rare corner that was taken by Joe Clarke onto the head of Langmead who, in turn, nodded the ball down into a ruck of players for Jordan Murphy to turn and fire the ball home.

We should have pressed more following the goal but failed to do so and rarely ventured forward after that and we were lucky that the home side didn't increase their lead further when substitute Kristian Dennis forced Snedker into yet another good save before the final whistle blew to signal a sixteenth game without a win for the Harriers.
  FT: 2 - 1

 Goals for Macclesfield Town: Diagne 31, Rowe 38
 Goal for Harriers: Murphy 77

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Macclesfield Town  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
Jalal     Snedker  
Halls   Hodgkiss  
Fitzpatrick     Toner gif  
Diagne gif     Maxwell gif
Pilkington     Langmead  
Turnbull     Clarke  
Whitaker   Jones gif  
Whitehead     Francis-Angol  
Holroyd gif     Styche  
Sampson     Tunnicliffe  
Rowe gif gif     Murphy gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Branagan     Palmer  
Cowan     Rowe-Turner gif - 63  
Dennis gif - 85     Verma gif - 27  
Meikle gif - 88     Hassan gif - 72  
Adarabioyo     Wright  

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