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Posted Sat 10 Oct 15 at 14:15 PM

Macclesfield 2-1 Harriers - The Report

Harriers remain rock bottom and winless after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Macclesfield Town on Dave Hockaday's first game in charge.

Though Harriers looked to quickly make a strong impression to the new man in the dugout, it was Macclefield who looked every bit the team in form in the early stages. 

With just seven minutes gone the hosts were looking lively as a Paul Turnbull effort flashed wide; restored goalkeeper Dean Snedker forced in to a fine save three minutes later as he tipped away a George Sampson shot from inside the area.

Luke Maxwell's shot was a comfortable save for Snedker's opposite number Shwan Jalal after the quarter hour, but the hosts remained in almost total control and, on the half hour mark, they took the lead. Snedker has first made a fine save to deny Whitaker, but from the resultant corner, Diagne slammed the ball in to the net after Pilkington's header had initially been blocked on the line.

It got worse as Harriers struggled to gain any real handle on the game at all; Snedker was again at it and pulled off a fantastic save just a few minutes later to ensure Whitehead didn't make it two - that good work undone as the visitors failed to deal with another corner immediately after, Danny Rowe this time on hand to fire in a simple, low finish.

Harriers at the very least made sure Macclefield knew they were in town in the early stages of the second half as they fashioned their first real chances of the match; first, from Langmead's looping header off Clarke's free-kick that Jalal held well, the former Woking custodian then blocking a Jordan Murphy shot with his legs as the debutant raced through on goal.

Five after the hour, Lanthaniel Rowe-Turner was introduced and he blocked a Whitaker shot as he attempted to add a Macc third, Harriers snatching a half-chance soon after as Reece Styche blazed over the angle of bar and post.

With a quarter hour left, youngster Murphy reduced the areas as he spun and fired home from close range off a well-won corner for Harriers.

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