There wasn't much to smile about for around 300 Yeovil Town fans on a dank drizzly day at Moss Rose. Even the much loved Mr. Ilderton could only come up with a few comedy decisions during the afternoon. However Jon Parkin (think Warren Patmore with attitude) did manage the almost impossible feat of raising some chuckles amongst the visitors. Thundering in like a small whale, with the goal seemingly at his mercy, he missed his header and crashed into the net. And not just into the net, but through it. Game delayed for several minutes as a duo of repairmen scurried on to sew it back together.
As for the rest of the match - best forgotten. Macclesfield Town, as expected, played their three at the back and five flooding midfield, a formation the Glovers often struggle to counter. New loan signing Kevin Amankwaah started in the absence of Paul Terry and was to be one of the few brighter features for Yeovil. Arron Davies also got his first place in the starting eleven since his arrival.
Nothing should be taken away from the Silkmen. A big well organised side, they harried and pressed, and shut Yeovil down all over the park. Although on balance the Glovers had a greater share of territory and possession little was done with it, and Maccy created more and better chances over the game. Although two of the home side's three goals contained elements of deflections some dismal defending of the eighteen yard line was far more relevant, with Maccy allowed to move the ball up and down it far too easily and on far too many occasions whilst looking for an opening.
The first goal came just when it looked as if the Glovers might struggle through to half-time, and a chance to regroup, on even terms. On 38 minutes Matthew Tipton took advantage of hesitation and ball watching in the Yeovil defence and struck the ball from fifteen yards. It looked on target but whether Chris Weale would have saved it we'll never know, because it appeared to take a significant deflection and loop in.
Terry Skiverton raced to the dressing room on the half-time whistle to get treatment on what is thought to be a broken nose, but it was noticable that some team mates were heading there more slowly, probably aware of the reception they were doubtless about to get from the manager.
Gary Johnson replaced Andrejs Stolcers with Adrian Caceres over the interval, but whatever new plans had been concocted were blown out of the water within a minute of the restart when Graham Potter scored Maccy's second. Another deflection seemed a possibility, though whether this was the reason for the shambles of the tannoy announcer crediting it wrongly, than making a meandering correction a few minutes later, who knows.
Johnson rang more changes, with Michael Rose on for Kevin Gall and Andy Lindegaard moving out to Gall's flank, and then Lindegaard himself off for Yemi Odubade. But quite simply, nothing was working. With seven minutes of the ninety left Potter got his second and Macclesfield's third.
The Glovers had failed only once in 29 previous league games this season to get on the score sheet, and as Maccy slightly sat back on their 3-0 lead did begin to put on some pressure at the death. Caceres came closest with a drive inches wide of the post, but it just about summed up the performance that it took an own goal to break Yeovil's duck - Danny Whitaker the unlucky man.
The goal that kept us top of the league - thanks to Danny Whitaker
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
Five minutes of time added on - partly occasioned by Parkin's net busting activities - was five minutes extra the visiting supporters could well have done without to be honest. Most probably wanted to depart as quickly as Gary Johnson went up the tunnel at the end, but the majority pulled out a round of applause as the team trudged off, before heading for home or the nearest pub. Yeovil Town remain top of the league, but only on goals scored.
Macclesfield knew what they were about and turned in a good performance. Yeovil were poor. Outcome - a sound defeat. Time for some thinking before next Saturday's derby.
Macclesfield Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.
Attendance : 2,471
The full Ciderspace match report can be found here.
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