Date: 2nd October 2010 at 9:29pm
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Macclesfield 2 Northampton 0

How apt, with Lincoln next up, that the free spinning Silkmen set out their stall a week early with two Imp cast offs giving Northampton the boot. The Moss Posse looked solid in all honesty as Arabian knight Hamza Bencherif slotted home before Nat Brown, Mr Safe & Sound, showed why he is a handful at both ends of the pitch

Both sides regarded this as a 6 pointer, with the hosts home cupboard bare thus far and the victors also without a win on their travels. So all to play for and not surprisingly a lively game of contrasting styles though in fairness both sides tried to play. Maccs mixed it up but in truth played the more effective football with Hamza and Draper two Arabian knights whisking around the Moss on their magic carpets.

Nat Brown would get the garlands but in truth all had been at the garlic before the game such was the bite behind each and every challenge.

The Teams & Schemes

Simmo and his scouts had clearly done their homework this week with a tactical change ripping the very soul from our visitors` hobnail boots. Tremarco moved from left back to right to ensure that Jacobs penchant for cutting in onto his right foot was negated. Free spirit Thornton would also be unable to split the centre halves, with man marking specialist Chalmers laying in wait in front of the back four.

The spear was dismantled for the day with Daniel dropping to left back and Emile going across the field to an out & out left winger. Hamshaw returned to the right, with Draper and Hamza encouraged to dominate and then ad lib as and when they could. Tyrone you felt, with the crazy gang behind him; was never going to be up front alone.

Maccs 4-1-4-1

———-1 Jose Veiga———-
3 Tremarco 5 Brown 6 Morgan 11 Daniel
———————7 Chalmers—————
20 Hamshaw 8 Draper 4 Bencherif 9 Sinclair
———————-23 Barnett—————–

The Cobblers went 4-4-1-1

With new QPR loanee Parker strengthening the right, and Jacobs on the left, Sampson continued his 4-4-1-1 ploy with Thornton supporting McKay. Tadhg Purcell a long term absentee you feel is very much missed.

——————-1 Dunn—————
25 Tozer 14 Johnson 11 Holt 23 Davis
28 Parker 7 Gilligan 8 Osman 17 Jacobs
——————4 Thornton—————–
———-16 Mckay (F)———————-

But to the game

The Silkmen were whirling dervishes from the off, six figure Sinclair slaughtering his full back with a pace known only to the Gods. Alas the mortals could not keep up as the cross went begging. Barnett headed our first shot wide on 11 from the first of what would prove to be Hamshaw`s match winning array of corners.

The Cobblers reeled from the initial onslaught but rallied having not as yet conceded. Gilligan had two goes after a long throw caused a bit of a stir but smashed so high and wide his soul mates could have cried.

Sinclair then looked odds on to score as he took Chalmers up and under in his stride. One on one, with but the keeper to beat, he was clearly tripped as he rounded him; yet the referee seeing all sweetness and light waved play on. Dunn should have been done but he and they got away with it.

Justice was served five minutes later when the Moss was rocked by Hamza – the Arabian knights second in successive games. Hamshaw took the corner which beat Barnett but Bencherif suavely slotted home just inside the post. ‘Expellianos` – by Jove you could feel the release of joy and gas from treacle pies and all all round the ground.

Seconds later the rampant crazy gang nearly made it to as Chalmers freekick saw Barnett and Draper denied as the Cobblers scrambled the ball away. Chalmers floater had Dunn touching cloth as he back-pedalled to tip it over. Hamshaw`s corner saw Brown head narrowly wide from my biased position.

As the half closed out it was looking good for a clean sheet for the Cape Verde crusader. Jacobs cross on the whistle apart; Jose Veiga had more reason to come for a cup of coffee than a couple of crosses as we reflected on a tapestry of triumph over the first forty five.

And what a pretty pattern we wove early doors second half as one sweeping move saw us go box to box. One touch football saw Daniels, Hamshaw, Barnett and then Hamza have his pocket picked brilliantly by Tozer the on loan lad from Newcastle. This sparked a revival from Northampton as Jacobs and Parker began to give the flanks a roasting. Fortunately Brownaldinio had million pound man McKenzie in his pocket.

Brown was doing the business in both halves to be fair flashing one of Chalmers javelin length throws, centimetres wide. Another led to our second goal moments later when Hamza`s haymaker was bravely blocked – count them private count them! Hamshaw took the corner to float Brownaldinio`s boat as he rose like some Sultan of swing to power home a header at the far post. Geordie Tozer was beat all ends up for that one as he shook his head to the backdrop of the Moss going mental.

A game with few sighs to unsettle the pints and pies is just what a winless Moss had needed to settle the nerves. Simmo`s side go to Lincoln next week for another 6 pointer with big Keith doubtless casting more than an eye on proceedings from above.
Our ex Imps are of course keeping the connection and your memory going strong. But you just know Keith would be the first to congratulate his old mate and partner Simmo and wish him and his side well.

And where Keith is looking down with a smile we are looking up for once, with optimism few would have envisaged back in March.

The long & the Short of It

Macclesfield Town 2 – 0 Northampton Town

The Moss Rose
Match Time: 2/10/10 15:00
Referee R Booth

Scoring Summary
Macclesfield Town Hamza Bencherif (25) Nat Brown (71)
Northampton Town

Shots (on Goal) 12(6) 4(1)
Fouls 10 8
Corner Kicks 6 5
Offsides 5 2
Time of Possession 51% 49%
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
Saves 1 2


———-1 Jose Veiga———-
3 Tremarco 5 Brown 6 Morgan 11 Daniel
———7 Chalmers———–
20 Hamshaw 8 Draper 4 Bencherif 9 Sinclair
———-23 Barnett———

13 Cudworth (G) 12 Beardsley (D) 19 Lowe (D) 15 Bolland (M) 21 Butcher (M) 17 Wedgbury (M) 24 Mukendi(F)

1 Dunn
11 Holt 23 Davis 14 Johnson 25 Tozer
28 Parker 7 Gilligan 8 Osman 17 Jacobs
4 Thornton
16 Mckay (F)

13 Paul Walker (G) 3 Marcus Hall (D) 2 Rodgers(D)12 Wedderburn(M)18 McKenzie(F)9 Guinan(F) 20 Harris (F)

Macclesfield Town Substitutions

Samuel Wedgbury for Matthew Hamshaw (81)
Vinny Mukendi for Emile Sinclair (81)
Richard Butcher for Ross Draper (87)

Northampton Town Substitutions

Nathaniel Wedderburn for Ryan Gilligan (51)
Leon McKenzie for Kevin Thornton (60)
Stephen Guinan for Michael Jacobs (81)

Northampton Town Yellow Cards
Andrew Holt (26)