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City lose to Macclesfield in pre-season

By Bradley Saxton | 23rd July 2022
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Saturday 23rd Jul - 15:00

The Minstermen lost to Macclesfield FC at the Leasing.Com Stadium this afternoon.

After falling to their first defeat of pre-season on Thursday evening, Danny Whittaker’s Macclesfield FC side came into the game full of confidence hoping they could secure another victory ahead of the new campaign.

The 8th tier side secured promotion last season in their first campaign as a newly formed club, as they ran out winners of the North West Counties Premier Division.

John Askey returned to Macclesfield having spent over 25-years with the original club as both a player and manager and he received a warm reception from both sets of supporters ahead of kick-off.

After being named as an unused substitute during Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat at Guiseley, goalkeeper Ryan Whitley returned to the starting eleven, whilst Mitch Hancox, Scott Burgess and Scott Boden all started against their former side.

City lined up in their brand-new Chocolate and Cream kit for the first time and they went close to opening the scoring after only two minutes. Adam Crookes delivered a ball towards the far post from the left-hand side and right back Ryan Fallowfield met the ball, narrowly diverting the ball back across goal and out for a goal kick.

The home side opened the scoring after only six minutes through James Berry, who stabbed the ball home from close-range after Fallowfield had failed to clear the ball away in the penalty area after a cross into the box from the right-hand side.

Hancox was denied moments later with a spectacular effort from long-distance with Macclesfield keeper Marcelo Pitaluga at full-stretch to keep out his effort, before Maziar Kouhyar was denied from close-range with a left-footed effort which was well held by Pitaluga.

Scott Boden went close with a header after connecting well with a cross into the area by Alex Hurst from the left, but he was unable to capitalise on his effort as the Minstermen headed into the break 1-0 down.

Macclesfield doubled their lead four minutes into the second half through Neil Kengni, who received the ball on the right-hand side and dragged the ball into the bottom-right corner, after City had lost possession on the edge of the area.

Boden was denied by a brilliant save by Pitaluga as York looked for a way back into the game minutes later, with the Macclesfield shot-stopper keeping his header out from point-blank range as he connected with a cross from Hancox.

The home side made it 3-0 in the 56th minute as Alex Curran’s free-kick from 25-yards out was kept out by a smart save by Whitley, but Macclesfield substitute Tom Clare was on hand to smash home the rebound from six-yards out.

City went close through Kouhyar who forced a good save from Pitaluga from close-range on the hour mark, before substitute Manny Duku headed wide of goal after connecting with a cross in from the left at the far post.

Macclesfield made 4-0 with five minutes to go through Clare’s second goal of the afternoon, as he sent Whitley the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Kouogun brought down Berry in the penalty area.

Only two pre-season games remain for Askey’s men, but York are back in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium to take on Selby Town (7:30pm kick-off).


Macclesfield FC: Pitaluga (GK), Pemberton, Lee, Fensome, Cowan, Mendy, Kengni, Danns, Owens, Curran (Bower 83’), Berry (Clare 46’)

Unused Subs: Bell, Grimshaw, Freedman, McColl, Blake, Greaves

Goals: Berry (6’), Kengni (49’), Clare (56’, 85’)


York City: Whitley (GK), Fallowfield, Kouogun, Sanders (Whittle 71’), Crookes, Trialist A (Greaves 46’), Burgess (Mafuta 58’), Hancox (C) (Greaves 71’), Hurst, Boden (Duku 58’), Kouhyar (James 65’)

Unused Subs: Ross, John-Lewis

Goals: N/A


Attendance: 871

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