The Silkmen Under 19 “A” team played their first game in the EFL Community Football Alliance League yesterday, as they took on Doncaster Rovers.
The game started brightly with some excellent play on the right from Lewis Price, which should on a number of occasions seen the home side take the lead.
On 8 minutes there was a fantastic save from the Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper, pulling off a point-blank stop from a powerful Trevor Kobe strike.
Five minutes later, The Silkmen should have taken the lead once again after Zac Box burst through the Doncaster defence, but saw his shot breathtakingly steered around the post.
It’s fair to say it was one-way traffic during the opening 45 minutes, although at the break the deadlock was yet to be broken.
Macclesfield started brightly again in the second half, although a number of chances once again went begging.
After keeping the home side at bay, the visitors did manage a couple of breakaway attempts and on more than one occasion could potentially have threatened the Macclesfield goal if their final ball had a be more accurate.
On the hour mark, Macclesfield Town manager Paul McGuire made four changes – bringing in order to raise the potency of our attacking threat.
After near total dominance, The Silkmen took the lead on the 70th minute with a delightful low drive into the bottom corner from midfielder Joshua Clegg.
After coming on as a 60th minute substitute, Tyler James made his mark in the match when on 79 minutes he doubled the Silkmen’s lead.
More dominant attacking play from the hosts ensued and James then went on to grab his second of the game with another delightful solo goal.
Finally, on 86 minutes the impressive Tyler James went on to record his first Silkmen hat-trick in competitive football, as he rounded the Doncaster Rovers defence to slot home his third in what was an impressive performance after coming off the bench.
It was an impressive 4 – 0 victory for the Macclesfield Town Under 19 ‘A’ Team, who will now look forward to a cup game next week against local rivals Crewe Alexandra.