Date: 18th July 2006 at 10:27pm
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The Silkmen put in a good pre-season performance against Leicester but were beaten late on.

The Silkmen probably had the better of the first half against their higher-league opposition with Jonny Brain called in to action only once in the early stages.

Marvin Robinson’s header was blocked and Alan Navarro forced a save himself. Meanwhile Robinson was denied a penalty for a trip.

Half time saw the changes starting as Tommy Lee replaced Jonny Brain and Jay Denny came into midfield for John Miles.

Soon after the half began Danny Tiatto was guilty of a terrible miss of an open goal and Dave Morley was taken off for Andy Teague.

Other changes in the half saw Heath on for Bullock and soon after Robinson was off for Ried (With Heath moving up fromt)

Izak Ried had a great chance after a good run onto a ball, but his header wasn’t high enough to beat the ‘keeper.

McNulty came off for Brightwell, Navarro for Hadfield and McNeil for McDonald as the Silkmen.

The two sides seemed evenly matched until the 83rd minute when Hammond shot narrowly wide. It didn’t look like it had touched a Macc player, but the visitors were given a corner which Hammond eventually forced home.

The Silkmen put Leicester under some late pressure and perhaps should have had a penalty when Heath was bundled over. But the game ended 1-0.

A creditable result against a team two divisions higher who beat Boston 4-1 last week.

Team: Brain (Lee), Regan, Morley (Teague), Swailes, McNulty (Brightwell), McIntyre, Navarro (Hadfield), Miles (Denny), Bullock Heath), McNeil (McDonald), Robinson (Reid).



Leicester: Douglas, Stearman, McCarthy, Kenton, Johansson, Maybury (Low), Johnson (Hughes), Williams, Tiatto (Porter), Hume (O’Grady), Fryatt (Hammond).