Coca-Cola League Two | Saturday 24 February 2007 | Moss Rose | 2,598
THE MARINERS’ recent unbeaten run came to an end after a narrow defeat at struggling Macclesfield.
After letting in two goals within the first 20 minutes the Mariners faced an uphill battle, but they fought back commendably and were perhaps worth a point in the end.
The away side were missing Danny Boshell through illness, Gary Croft replaced him, and Danny North stepped in for Martin Paterson who had returned to Stoke.
The Mariners got off to the worst possible start when they went behind inside the opening five minutes. A free kick from the left was swung in and Justin Whittle was harshly penalised for a pull on John Murphy – Kevin McIntyre slammed home the resulting penalty.
The Mariners were struggling to get a foot in the game and fell further behind on 20 minutes when the impressive Colin Heath acrobatically hammered a long throw-in from the right home.
Alan Buckley’s side imposed themselves more on the game after the introduction of Gary Jones on 27 minutes and, in the second half, they were totally dominant.
They forced their way back into the match on 72 minutes. James Hunt muscled his way to the by-line and Jones converted his cutback. Grimsby pushed for an equaliser but, in their efforts to get forward, they left gaps at the back and they were nearly punished in injury time when Murphy’s shot was cleared off the line by substitute John McDermott.
Silkmen: Lee; Regan, Morley, Swailes, McIntyre; Bullock, Miles (Doyle 83), Hadfield, Navarro; Murphy, Heath (Tipton 62). Subs not used: Rouse, Scott Jennings
Mariners: Barnes; Croft (Jones 24), Bloomer (McDermott 46), Whittle, Fenton, Newey; Bore, Bolland, Hunt, Toner; North. Subs not used: Murray, Grand, Till