A promising draw away against senior opposition to start the Silkmen’s preseason campaign.
After an enforced five-month stoppage of football, Macclesfield Town academy helped form a Macclesfield Town XI to face Cheshire premier division side Poynton FC in the Academies Manager Daniel Whiting gave debuts to Oscar Stone, Harry Lukatone, Keenan Summerfield, Josh Sannoh and Leon MacDonald.
The young Silkmen side started the brightest out of the two sides early on with debutant Keenan Summerfield volleying narrowly wide. The next 15 passed largely without incident with the action dominating the middle of the park, this ended when Rocco Fregapane cleared a ball off the line after a dangerous Poynton break away.
This seemed to kick Macclesfield into action and their efforts were rewarded in the 20th minute when a Lewis Price corner went to the back post and the header back across goal was converted tidily by Tyler James.
The Silkmen continued their dominance after the goal with Clegg firing narrowly wide from distance after managing to beat three Poynton defenders in the process. Clegg continued to influence play as a fast break down the left-hand side saw his cross only halved cleared into the path of Kyobe and his deflected shot was nicely converted on the volley by James for his second of the game.
After the halftime break, Poyton started well and were rewarded when a near-post shot just beat Oscar Stone in the Macclesfield goal to give the hosts a way back into the game.
Macclesfield’s pressure was rewarded as Luke Draysey cleverly won a penalty for the Silkmen, there was only one person who was going to take it. Tyler James stepped up and smashed the ball down the centre of the goal to complete his Hattrick.
Poynton didn’t lie down after this setback and managed to pull one back seven minutes later. A deep free-kick from Poynton wasn’t dealt with by the Macclesfield backline and that allowed the Poynton player to flick the ball over Stockton and into the back of the Macclesfield goal.
With just four minutes of normal time to go, Poynton found an equaliser in some fashion. As the ball fell to Josh Abbott 30 yards out, the Poynton midfielder unleashed a fantastic half volley which flew past Arron Stockton into the top corner to make it 3-3.
The game ended in a three-all draw with Macclesfield being able to take plenty of positives out of their first game for five months. Next up for the academy is a doubleheader away to Egerton FC U18 on Sunday 16th August.