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Reds fail to show their silky skills again

Harriers manager Ian Britton sprung a few surprises today when the team sheet was given out at the start of this game at Macclesfields Moss Rose ground.  Missing was the much maligned Fraser Digby who, according to reports, had been injured in training yesterday.  We'll see!
Stuart Brock made his return between the sticks.

There was still no start for either Scott Stamps or Bo Henriksen but a new face was added with the appearance of Youth team player Nick Heath.  On Thursday he had been sent to Evesham on loan for the remainder of the season.  Two days later he was on the bench for the first team.

New signing Hugh McAuley was also on the bench.

Macclesfield started the stronger with Danny Whitaker's 30yd shot easily saved by Brock who then watched efforts from Daniel Tipton and David Dunning fly over his crossbar.  After 15 minutes the Reds started to take the upperhand but we were missing too many easy chances.

First Andy Bishop failed to connect after a Sean Flynn free kick and then Drewe Broughton shot weakly straight at the Macclesfield keeper Wilson.

The game became a midfield stalemate after that and it wasn't until five minutes before the break that either keeper had anything else to do when Sam Shilton passed inside for Parrish whose first time shot from the edge of the area again caused Wilson little problem.  A minute later Andy Bishop went close when he headed Shilton's left wing cross just wide of the goal.

HT. 0 - 0

After a quiet start from both sides the game burst to life, from a Macclesfield perspective, on 52 minutes.  There had been warning signs for the Harriers already when an unmarked Kyle Lightbourne headed Whitaker's corner straight at Brock.

The next strike was no warning.  The Silkmens new loan signing from Crewe, John Miles, who was bought on at half-time, was left completely unmarked on the edge of the area.   He collected a pass and stroked home a low finish from just 18yds out in to Brock's left hand corner.

Two minutes later and the game was over for the Harriers.

A pass by Miles found Danny Whitaker again unmarked inside the penalty area and he fired home a crisp low drive back across the penalty area and into the far corner of the net.

In an attempt to rescue something from the ruins Brit bought on McAuley for his debut and Ian Foster.  First McAuley watched a 25yd effort fly wide of the target whilst at the other end Dean Bennett did well to stop Whitaker increasing the scoreline when he blocked his goalbound effort.

Whitaker came close again just minutes later when he headed against the crossbar from close range.

There was little chance for McAuley to impress with Harriers already two goals down but he did show some useful touches that showed promise.

With the minutes ticking away, and Macclesfield looking happy with their days work, Sean Flynn came near to saving the Harriers blushes but he failed to connect cleanly with Danny Williams cross and then Ian Foster blazed the ball high over the bar from 10yds out.

In the dying minutes Harriers handed a debut to youth team midfielder Heath.  He took the place of Sean Parrish but wasn't given enough time to show his skills.

Again the rest of the days results went our way and we still find ourselves three points adrift of the play offs and a game in hand but time is running out and we must start getting some results soon.

FT. 2 - 0

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Macclesfield  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Wilson     Brock  
Tinson     Scott  
S Macauley     Hinton  
Munroe     Williams  
G Abbey     Parrish  
Priest   Smith
Dunning     Flynn  
Whitaker     Bennett  
Adams     Broughton  
Tipton     Bishop  
Lightbourne     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Martin     Stamps  
Little     H McAuley  
Haddrell     Henriksen  
Miles     Heath  
Eaton     Foster  

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