Date: 3rd September 2009 at 9:30am
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Macclesfield Town supporters were left booing the officials after rotherham were 3-1 winners at the Moss Rose.

The Silkmen could have taken the lead twice through Matthew Tipton, first he found himself clean through after a great ball from debutant Rikky Sappleton, but the striker hit the ball wide of the post.

Tippy then his a great looping first time shot to the far corner, but Rotherham ‘keeper Warrington made a fingertip save.

The Silkmen were attacking hard early on, but this counted against them for the first goal of the game. A Daniel shot rebounded off the shins of Ross Draper and fell kindly for a Rotherham defender.

This set up a lightening quick counter-attack which ended with the ball being headed past Jose Veiga in the Macclesfield goal by Adam le fondre.

But it was the second goal that raised the hackles of the Silkmen’s supporters. Shaun Brisley made what seemed to be an inch perfect tackle and played a first-time pass down the flank to Colin Daniel.

The Silkmen supporters were stunned when the referee not only gave the visitors a free-kick, but then booked Bris for kcking the ball away.

Insult was added to injury as the free-kick found the head of Pope, who doubled the lead.

The Silkmen were back in contention just before half-time as Colin Daniel found Matthew Tipton with a right-wing cross, and Tippy swept the ball past Warrington on the half-volley.

The Silkmen continued to press in the second half and eventually went to a more attacking formation.

But as often happens, this led to a third goal for the visitors as Harrison took advantage of a deflection to steer the ball home.

The Silkmen still didn’t give up and were again cursing the referee when Colin Daniel raced clear only to be brought down by a defender as he rounded the ‘keeper. A clearer penalty and red card you will never see, but the appeal was waved away, leaving the Silkmen to enter the four minutes of injury time two goals down and with no hope of taking a deserved point from the game.

A mixture f applause and boos rang around the Moss at the final whistle, with the former aimed at the Silkmen players and the latter directly at the officials.