Macclesfield FC U19 B continued their fine form following the National lockdown as they beat Derby County U19 C 4-0 away from home, Jermaine Birch impressed with a hat trick for the Silkmen.
The Macclesfield B team win at Derby now gives them 3 wins from 4 and will give them some confidence going into another Cup game against Coventry City next week. The Silkmen B team will also want to replicate this form in the league as they will be looking to climb to the top of the table in the New Year.
Derby County C who now go three games without a win will be looking to pick up their first victory of the season, as they travel to Burton next week to play Burton Albion B in the CEFA Cup.
The first goal of the game came from Ollie Jones in the 37th minute after winning the ball from the Derby defence in their defensive half, a chain of skills ensured Ollie beat the four defenders in front before slotting a placed shot into the bottom corner. Ollie now has three goals from the last 2 games after his impressive performance against Wolves last week.
A similar version of events gave the Macclesfield B team a second goal, after Jermaine Birch nicked the ball from the keeper and rounded him to give the Silkmen a comfortable lead before the half.
The young Silkmen kept the pressure on after the break keeping the East Midlands side in their own half, with Macclesfield breaking them down in the 68th minute. A beautiful looping cross from Ollie Jones met the head of Jermaine Birch at the front post, and a composed header into the bottom corner put the game to bed just after the hour mark.
Another comfortable 22 minutes of football lead up to a Jermaine Birch hat-trick, some nice build-up play enabled Jermaine to get through on goal and a low attempt into the right-hand corner was too much for the Derby keeper as it beat the keeper outstretched hands.
It’s clear that the Macclesfield B team have really gelled together in recent weeks, scoring nine and conceding zero. The defence look cool and calm and a capable of taking pressure offered by the opposition, and the attackers are looking more and more dangerous each week.
B team manager Danny Whiting was over the moon with his team,
“I think the team has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks, the defence has progressively improved week by bit and are solid. The team works well together, and every attack looks dangerous and I think if we continue to play like this, I don’t see why we wouldn’t go all the way in the Cup.
I think it’s also really important we don’t get too ahead of ourselves and ensure we carry the form over to the league and really push in the New Year.”
Macclesfield FC U19 B next play Coventry City in the CEFA Cup at home on the 16th of December.