Macclesfield Town 1 (Brown) Grimsby Town 0
DATE: Tuesday 25th November 2008 | COMPETITION: Coca-Cola League Two | VENUE: Moss Rose | ATT: 1182
TOWN: Barnes, Stockdale, Newey, Bennett, Atkinson, Clarke, Trotter, Kalala, Boshell, Jarman (Bore), Proudlock. Subs not used: Montgomery, Hope, Llewellyn, North.
MARINERS’ MAN OF THE MATCH: Jamie Clarke. Cruelly denied a goal by the ruling of the assistant referee in another good all-round performance.
WHAT THEY SAID: “I’m disappointed – it’s always the worst feeling in the world when you lose.” (Mike Newell)
It was another fruitless away day for the Mariners as they fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Macclesfield Town.
A 68th-minute goal from Nat Brown was enough to seal the three points for the Silkmen, although the Mariners were aggrieved to see Jamie Clarke’s first half header disallowed for offside.
Town welcomed back Jean-Paul Kalala from suspension and were on the front foot from the kick-off.
Rob Atkinson was the first Mariner to get a sight of goal, but he flashed an early header just wide of the target from a Danny Boshell free kick.
Then came a period of five minutes where both sides hit the woodwork. Macclesfield striker Francis Green tried his luck with a 25-yard chip that beat Phil Barnes but clipped off the bar to safety.
Proudlock was then denied by a post after a smart turn and shot from a Tom Newey cross. The chance started a long period of Town domination with Nathan Jarman and Proudlock both seeing efforts flash just wide of the target.
Just after the half hour the visitors thought they had taken the lead. Newey worked some space and his cross was met by the flying head of Jamie Clarke. The officials bemused the Town players by disallowing the goal for offside, even though Clarke looked like he had come from behind his marker.
Town continued to fashion openings after the break but couldn’t find the breakthrough they so desired.
They were made to pay with 22 minutes of the game remaining. Brown was left unmarked on the edge of the penalty area and he had time and space to pick his spot with a curling right foot effort beyond Barnes.