Macclesfield 2-1 Port Vale

Macclesfield claimed their first league victory in eight matches as they held on for a narrow win against Port Vale.

The hosts took the lead when Matthew Hamshaw's half-volley hit the underside of the bar and ricocheted in to the net off Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson.

George Donnelly hit the bar for the hosts before the visitors levelled with Marc Richards's close-range header.

Vale's Ben Williamson had a shot cleared off the line and Macc countered with Donnelly blasting home the winner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

Simpson praises 'fantastic' players

"It's always nice to get three points, especially in a game like this.

"I thought it was a good performance and a good win against a very, very strong side.

"I'm highly delighted for him (George Donnelly). I think the chairman has sent the cheque off today so he's now ours and I hope the kid goes on and scores a lot more."

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

Adams keen to move on from defeat

(Speaking about the 15 minute delay to kick off) "It's too simplistic (to use it an excuse for the defeat).

"It's obviously disappointing when you're preparing a team to kick off at 1 o'clock and then you get a call at the end of the warm-up that you've got a 15 minute delay. They coped with it and we didn't.

"We haven't got time to dwell on it. Fortunately for us, there's a game coming very quickly (against Cheltenham) and we've got to be mentally and physically prepared for Monday."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Macclesfield

  • 01 Veiga
  • 02 Bateson
  • 05 Brown Booked
  • 14 Diagne
  • 16 Brisley
  • 08 Draper Booked
  • 11 Daniel
  • 12 Mendy
  • 17 Wedgebury Booked
  • 20 Hamshaw (Hewitt - 46' )
  • 09 Donnelly Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Morgan
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 25 Thomas
  • 18 Fairhurst
  • 19 Fisher

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 McCombe
  • 06 Owen
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 03 Taylor (Williamson - 70' )
  • 04 Griffith
  • 07 Loft
  • 36 Myrie-Williams
  • 11 Pope (Rigg - 78' )
  • 35 Madjo (Richards - 57' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 25 McDonald
  • 17 Rigg
  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Richards
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Tierney
Att: 4,214

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

3 8

Corners

5 6

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

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

90:00 +1:02

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

88:19

Adam Yates has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

87:58

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft from the right by-line, Shaun Brisley manages to make a clearance.

87:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Diagne on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.

81:54

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury.

80:17

Tony Diagne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft. Free kick taken by Doug Loft, Marc Richards takes a shot. Jose Veiga makes a save.

78:42

A cross is delivered by Anthony Griffith, clearance by Nathaniel Brown. Corner taken by Doug Loft, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

76:59

Jonathan Bateson restarts play with the free kick.

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Sean Rigg replaces Tom Pope.

76:59 Booking

Booking Lee Collins shown a yellow card.

76:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliott Hewitt by Lee Collins.

75:27

Jonathan Bateson fouled by Tom Pope, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Veiga restarts play with the free kick.

75:17

A cross is delivered by Tom Pope, clearance made by Tony Diagne.

73:08 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Brown is shown a yellow card.

72:43 Booking

Booking Booking for Marc Richards.

70:56 Goal scored

Goal! - George Donnelly - Macclesfld 2 - 1 Port Vale Goal scored by George Donnelly from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 2-1 Port Vale.

69:52

Ben Williamson takes a shot. Jonathan Bateson gets a block in. Corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line.

69:14

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft, clearance by Shaun Brisley.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Ben Williamson coming on for Robert Taylor.

68:28

A cross is delivered by Robert Taylor, Jose Veiga makes a save.

65:42

Shot from 18 yards from Robert Taylor. Save by Jose Veiga.

63:47

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Robert Taylor, free kick awarded. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

63:17

Colin Daniel crosses the ball, clearance by Gareth Owen. Corner from the right by-line taken by Sam Wedgbury, Anthony Griffith makes a clearance.

60:55

Doug Loft provided the assist for the goal.

60:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Richards - Macclesfld 1 - 1 Port Vale Marc Richards finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Macclesfield 1-1 Port Vale.

57:47

Ross Draper concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Adam Yates takes the free kick.

56:13

Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

56:13 Substitution

Substitution Marc Richards comes on in place of Guy Madjo.

56:13 Booking

Booking Caution for George Donnelly.

56:05

George Donnelly challenges Gareth Owen unfairly and gives away a free kick.

55:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Donnelly on John McCombe. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

54:35

Long distance shot from Arnaud Mendy misses to the left of the net.

53:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by George Donnelly. Free kick taken by Adam Yates.

48:58

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jennison Myrie-Williams.

48:58 Booking

Booking Ross Draper booked for unsporting behaviour.

48:51

Ross Draper challenges Doug Loft unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:39

Doug Loft takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Brisley.

48:01

Elliott Hewitt crosses the ball, John McCombe gets a block in.

47:10

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Colin Daniel gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the left by-line, Colin Daniel manages to make a clearance.

46:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Tony Diagne. Doug Loft takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Hamshaw goes off and Elliott Hewitt comes on.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:57

George Donnelly fouled by John McCombe, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from George Donnelly from the free kick,

45:00 +0:02

Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Anthony Griffith results in a free kick. Jonathan Bateson takes the free kick.

43:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on Ross Draper. Matthew Hamshaw takes the direct free kick.

41:10

Robert Taylor takes the direct free kick.

41:10 Booking

Booking Sam Wedgbury is shown a yellow card.

41:03

Foul by Sam Wedgbury on Jennison Myrie-Williams, free kick awarded.

38:52

Tony Diagne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Adam Yates takes the free kick.

37:47

Anthony Griffith fouled by Arnaud Mendy, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.

36:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Tomlinson - Macclesfld 1 - 0 Port Vale Stuart Tomlinson scores an own goal. Macclesfield 1-0 Port Vale.

34:55

Matthew Hamshaw takes a shot.

32:08

Gareth Owen concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hamshaw. Matthew Hamshaw restarts play with the free kick.

30:18

Foul by Doug Loft on Colin Daniel, free kick awarded. Tony Diagne produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

28:59

The official flags Ross Draper offside. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

27:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

26:32

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Robert Taylor results in a free kick. Tony Diagne takes the free kick.

26:16

Robert Taylor sends in a cross.

21:27

Foul by Colin Daniel on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Jennison Myrie-Williams takes the free kick.

18:03

Doug Loft has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

17:20

Arnaud Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Free kick taken by Adam Yates.

15:55

The referee blows for offside against Jennison Myrie-Williams. Tony Diagne takes the free kick.

11:43

Tom Pope concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Bateson. Jonathan Bateson takes the free kick.

10:27

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Pope. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.

9:06

Doug Loft takes a shot. Nathaniel Brown gets a block in.

7:06

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Colin Daniel makes a clearance.

4:45

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

3:09

George Donnelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Collins. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

1:24

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury, clearance by Anthony Griffith. Sam Wedgbury produces a cross, clearance by Lee Collins. Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw to the near post, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

0:51

Tom Pope gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Diagne. Matthew Hamshaw restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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