Date: 14th July 2007 at 5:45pm
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A tale of two halves for the Silkmen who changed 11 players at the interval. Both sides were mixed, but the second half saw a selection of youth players involved.

The first half team was:

Lee, Regan, Jennings, Flynn, Swailes, Dunfield, Reid I, Rurray, Husbands, Green, Thomas.

The Silkmen looked a good attacking prospect and it was only good goalkeeping that prevented them from taking the lead. But a misplaced backpass from Dudfield allowed Kidsgrove to open the scoring by looping over Lee.

The Silkmen levelled the score within 10 minutes thanks to Danny Swailes. He found Izak Reid on the flank, and the youngster somehow managed to keep the ball in play and beat the close marking. He ran towards the box and played a ball in for swailes to hook home.

Further chances came through Reid, who saw his shot blocked and Green.

At halftime the Silkmen made wholesale changes. The second XI was:

Rouse, Pearson, Dykes, Morley, McNulty, McIntyre, Hadfield, Reid L, Jeffries, Gritton, Dennis.

With a handful of youth and fringe players in the side, Kidsgrove took the game to hte Silkmen. They retook the lead soon after half time with a powerful header from the corner.

It was 3-1 later in the half, when the Kidsgrove no 10, Michael Lennon, beat Jeffries for pace and fired a shot across Rouse and in at the far post. Lennon hit 51 goals last season, and with his pace and finishing ability, it was easy to see why.

For 3-2 Martin Gritton scored in his first appearance for the Silkmen as he picked up a ball played over the top and skillfully took a defender out of the game before shooting home from 10 yards.

But Kidsgrove made it 4-2 with another header from close range after a neat pass into the box.

Time was running out when one of the Silkmen’s younger players scored an extremely early contender for goal of the season.

Chris Dennis picked up the ball 35 yards from goal and hit a looping shot perfectly into hte top right corner.

A good workout for the players, and the result wasn’t important as it was good experience for the younger lads.

But the new signings and triallists lookked promising.