Macclesfield Town condemned Blue Square Bet Premier newcomers Dartford to a third consecutive defeat.

The Silkmen went ahead before the break when Dartford defender Tom Champion headed into his own net.

Matthew Barnes-Homer and Jack Mackreth both went close to extending the lead, but hit the post and bar respectively.

But the hosts did wrap up the victory when Mark Arber was punished for handball and Charlie Henry slotted in the resulting penalty.

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Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"In the first 30 minutes we've had chances to be 2-0 up, we did really well, they're a good passing side.

"We caught them enough times, that's when we got our chances but you have to punish the opposition.

"One we went a goal down we put pressure on ourselves even more, but I felt the game was there to get something out of it.

"What I wanted when we made the subs didn't happen, the guys have done well but we went a goal down, you might as well go for it."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Macclesfield

  • 01 Cronin
  • 02 Jackson
  • 05 Brown
  • 06 Charnock
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 08 Murtagh
  • 17 Wedgbury
  • 18 Henry
  • 19 Kissock (Mackreth - 54' )
  • 09 Barnes-Homer (Edmans - 83' )
  • 20 Fairhurst (Mendy - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Diagne
  • 07 Mackreth
  • 12 Mendy
  • 11 Winn
  • 30 Edmans

Dartford

  • 12 Bettinelli
  • 02 Rose
  • 03 Green
  • 04 Champion
  • 06 Bonner
  • 13 Rogers (Wallis - 71' )
  • 16 Arber
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 20 Burns (Hayes - 62' )
  • 09 Erskine (Harris - 57' )
  • 21 Crawford

Substitutes

  • 24 Sutton
  • 08 Wallis
  • 15 Collier
  • 07 Hayes
  • 11 Harris
Ref: Kavanagh
Att: 1,420

Match Stats

Shots

18 6

On target

8 2

Corners

5 2

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:35

Rob Edmans delivers the ball, Mark Arber makes a clearance. Short corner worked by Charlie Henry.

90:00 +0:11

Corner taken by Jon Wallis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Braham-Barrett. Effort from inside the area by Harry Crawford misses to the right of the goal.

89:17

Jack Mackreth crosses the ball.

88:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Henry - Macclesfld 2 - 0 Dartford Penalty taken right-footed by Charlie Henry and scored. Macclesfield 2-0 Dartford.

87:56

Mark Arber is penalised for a handball.

84:53

Arnaud Mendy challenges Harry Crawford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Wallis.

84:13

Effort on goal by Charlie Henry from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

82:47

Richard Rose takes the direct free kick. Ryan Hayes produces a cross.

82:47 Substitution

Substitution (Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Rob Edmans coming on for Matthew Barnes-Homer.

82:47

Foul by Charlie Henry on Jon Wallis, free kick awarded.

82:28

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Barnes-Homer. Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

81:47

Jack Mackreth produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

81:02

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Jon Wallis, free kick awarded. Mark Arber restarts play with the free kick.

79:08

Unfair challenge on Keiran Murtagh by Jon Wallis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

78:37

Craig Braham-Barrett takes a shot. Save by Marcus Bettinelli.

77:17

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Henry from the right by-line, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

76:17

Danny Harris is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

75:03

Arnaud Mendy produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

73:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Crawford by Kieran Charnock. Jon Wallis restarts play with the free kick. Close range headed effort by Tom Bonner misses to the right of the target.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Arnaud Mendy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Waide Fairhurst.

71:47

Jack Mackreth takes a shot.

70:11 Substitution

Substitution Jon Wallis on for James Rogers.

68:57

Effort on goal by Ryan Jackson from just inside the area clears the bar.

67:49

Waide Fairhurst takes a shot. Adam Green gets a block in.

65:29

Matthew Barnes-Homer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

64:49

Tom Champion takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

64:20

Handball decision goes against Elliot Bradbrook. Lance Cronin takes the free kick.

63:40

The ball is delivered by Keiran Murtagh, Adam Green makes a clearance.

62:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Mackreth, Marcus Bettinelli makes a save.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution (Dartford) makes a substitution, with Ryan Hayes coming on for Lee Burns.

60:39

Unfair challenge on Adam Green by Keiran Murtagh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Rogers.

59:44

Charlie Henry decides to take the corner short. The ball is sent over by Charlie Henry, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

58:33

Matthew Barnes-Homer has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

57:29

Centre by Charlie Henry.

57:03

James Rogers concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Jackson. Nathaniel Brown takes the direct free kick.

55:32 Substitution

Substitution Jacob Erskine goes off and Danny Harris comes on.

55:32

Effort from inside the area by Matthew Barnes-Homer strikes the post. Waide Fairhurst fouled by Tom Bonner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

53:21 Substitution

Substitution Jack Mackreth is brought on as a substitute for John Paul Kissock.

51:57

The ball is delivered by Matthew Barnes-Homer.

48:53

Short corner taken by Charlie Henry.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:14

A cross is delivered by Charlie Henry.

40:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Barnes-Homer. Tom Bonner takes the indirect free kick. Corner taken left-footed by Mark Arber from the left by-line, save by Lance Cronin. Kieran Charnock sends in a cross, Marcus Bettinelli makes a save. Sam Wedgbury takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Burns.

40:04

Waide Fairhurst takes a shot. Save by Marcus Bettinelli.

38:00

Sam Wedgbury has a drilled shot. Marcus Bettinelli makes a comfortable save. Charlie Henry takes a shot. Marcus Bettinelli makes a save.

36:05

Ryan Jackson takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Bonner.

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Champion - Macclesfld 1 - 0 Dartford Tom Champion heads into his own net. Macclesfield 1-0 Dartford.

26:41

Unfair challenge on Mark Arber by Matthew Barnes-Homer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Arber.

25:55

Sam Wedgbury takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

23:54

Handball decision goes against Jacob Erskine. Direct free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

23:09

Effort from deep inside the area by Harry Crawford misses to the right of the target.

22:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Harry Crawford misses to the right of the goal.

20:38

Waide Fairhurst produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

18:15

Harry Crawford takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

16:19

Centre by Charlie Henry, Marcus Bettinelli makes a save.

15:11

Unfair challenge on Ryan Jackson by Jacob Erskine results in a free kick. Nathaniel Brown takes the free kick.

13:43

The ball is swung over by Adam Green.

12:38

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Nathaniel Brown.

10:45

Sam Wedgbury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Burns. James Rogers delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Kieran Charnock.

9:35

The ball is delivered by Matthew Barnes-Homer, clearance by Richard Rose. Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Rose on John Paul Kissock. John Paul Kissock takes the free kick.

8:36

The offside flag is raised against Jacob Erskine. Indirect free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

5:20

The referee blows for offside against Jacob Erskine. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

4:52

Centre by Charlie Henry, Mark Arber makes a clearance.

4:21

Kieran Charnock fouled by Tom Champion, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

3:40

Craig Braham-Barrett produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

3:13

The ball is delivered by Charlie Henry.

2:19

Harry Crawford challenges Nathaniel Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lance Cronin takes the free kick.

0:12

Kieran Charnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Crawford. Adam Green takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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