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Macclesfield Town 1-0 Cambridge United

Arthur Gnahoua
Arthur Gnahoua's goal was his first since scoring two in two games for Macclesfield in October

Managerless Macclesfield lifted some of the gathering gloom with a home win over Cambridge.

With former boss Daryl McMahon having resigned on Thursday, the Silkmen were led by club favourite Danny Whitaker.

And League Two's much-troubled club put aside their off-field woes as they dominated the first half, leading through Arthur Gnahoua's fifth-minute goal.

A free-kick on the corner of the Cambridge box was hit low inside the near post by Gnahoua, a strike that U's keeper Callum Burton will not want to see again.

The hosts had other chances, with Jay Harris firing wide, Gnahoua's goal-bound effort deflected wide and Joe Ironside narrowly missing the target.

Cambridge's best chance of the first half fell to former Macc midfielder Paul Lewis but Fiacre Kelleher was perfectly-placed to head his effort off the line.

Lewis wasted the visitors' best opportunity of the second period, crashing his close-range finish against the post after Sam Smith's header had set him up beautifully.

And after surviving that scare, Macclesfield - for whom Fraser Horsfall had been denied a goal by an offside flag - were good value for their first victory since October.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Evans
  • 12Welch-HayesBooked at 58mins
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15Horsfall
  • 23Fitzpatrick
  • 8Harris
  • 4McCourt
  • 14Kirby
  • 16O'KeeffeSubstituted forCameronat 77'minutes
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forBlythat 88'minutes
  • 7GnahouaSubstituted forStephensat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Clarke
  • 10Stephens
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 18Blyth
  • 24Rose
  • 25Cameron

Cambridge

  • 25Burton
  • 16Darling
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Taft
  • 3JonesBooked at 58minsSubstituted forNorville-Williamsat 80'minutes
  • 8O'NeilSubstituted forDallasat 80'minutes
  • 22Lewis
  • 30RolesSubstituted forHannantat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 10Maris
  • 26Knibbs
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 7Hannant
  • 9Dallas
  • 11Dunk
  • 24Norville-Williams
  • 27Worman
  • 33Simper
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
1,454

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Cambridge United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ben Stephens replaces Arthur Gnahoua.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Hannant.

Attempt saved. Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Taft.

Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Smith (Cambridge United).

Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Joe Ironside.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Joe Ironside tries a through ball, but Nathan Cameron is caught offside.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by George Maris.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by George Taft.

Foul by Joe Ironside (Macclesfield Town).

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Connor Kirby tries a through ball, but Joe Ironside is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jordan Norville-Williams replaces Daniel Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andrew Dallas replaces Liam O'Neil.

Booking

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Hannant (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Nathan Cameron replaces Corey O'Keeffe.

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam O'Neil.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

George Maris (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Maris.

Owen Evans (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Connor Kirby.

Attempt blocked. Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Ironside (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. George Maris (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Smith (Cambridge United).

Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Sam Smith with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. George Maris (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Smith.

Attempt saved. Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26155646281850
2Exeter2513843527847
3Crewe24135646291744
4Bradford25128532201244
5Cheltenham251011438201841
6Plymouth24125737261141
7Forest Green2611872820841
8Colchester251010535231240
9Northampton2511683428639
10Port Vale2581163231135
11Walsall2696112533-833
12Salford2688103236-432
13Cambridge2687113031-131
14Scunthorpe2687113436-231
15Newport237972121030
16Crawley2661193336-329
17Grimsby247892428-429
18Mansfield2669113338-527
19Leyton Orient2568113242-1026
20Oldham2568112540-1526
21Carlisle2567122340-1725
22Macclesfield2461172326-323
23Stevenage25212111530-1518
24Morecambe2546152044-2418
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