The FA Cup - First Round
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Macclesfield Town 4-0 Swindon Town

Connor Jennings

Connor Jennings struck a brace as Conference Premier side Macclesfield knocked League One Swindon out of the FA Cup for the second consecutive year.

Jennings opened the scoring when his turn and shot found the bottom corner.

Scott Boden doubled the lead when he latched onto a through ball and slotted into the corner before Jennings's super close-range finish made it three.

Peter Winn's point-blank strike rounded off a convincing victory for the non-league side who move into round two.

The home side started brightly and only a full stretch save by Tyrell Belford from Danny Rose's effort prevented the Silkmen from taking an early lead.

Macclesfield remained in control and deservedly went in front as the lively Jennings struck his first after good work from Boden.

The Robins had Belford to thank for keeping them in the tie as he denied Jennings with two excellent saves before the end of the first half.

Swindon started the second period much better, but despite dominating possession, they failed to muster a significant effort on goal.

And when Boden got in behind the visitors' defence to make it 2-0 against the run of play, the hosts sensed a famous win.

Jennings completed an impressive individual display with a neat finish after Andy Halls's fine lay-off, and the result was secured when Winn took advantage of a defensive error to fire home the fourth.

Victory for Macclesfield, over a side 55 places above them on the football ladder, was their seventh in the last nine games and maintains their unbeaten record against Swindon in the competition.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We have to digest it and we have to try and be constructive.

"They're a group of young players but they can't keep using that excuse. They've got to start taking responsibility, stop hiding behind myself. It's happened too many times now.

"Full credit to Macclesfield, they deserved to win the game. They were very good.

"The goals we conceded were ridiculously poor. Apologies to the supporters that were here, it wasn't good enough."

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 20Branagan
  • 26Halls
  • 3AndrewBooked at 45mins
  • 23Whitaker
  • 12WilliamsBooked at 65mins
  • 4Martin
  • 24RoweSubstituted forConnorat 85'minutes
  • 6Turnbull
  • 8Jennings
  • 19Boden
  • 11Winn

Substitutes

  • 2Connor
  • 5Bolton
  • 7Mackreth
  • 9Holroyd
  • 14Gnahoua
  • 15Lewis
  • 25Kay

Swindon

  • 25Belford
  • 3Byrne
  • 14McEveley
  • 8MasonSubstituted forHarleyat 85'minutes
  • 5HallBooked at 49mins
  • 22Ward
  • 4Luongo
  • 15KasimSubstituted forBarthramat 72'minutes
  • 9RangerSubstituted forAjoseat 75'minutes
  • 11Pritchard
  • 12N'Guessan

Substitutes

  • 1Foderingham
  • 7Harley
  • 19Thompson
  • 23Barthram
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 33Ajose
  • 34El-Gabbas
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
1,835

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macclesfield Town 4, Swindon Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 4, Swindon Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town).

  5. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Macclesfield Town 4, Swindon Town 0. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Ryan Harley replaces Ryan Mason because of an injury.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Joe Connor replaces Danny M. Rowe.

  9. Post update

    Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Martin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Steve Williams.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Nicholas Ajose replaces Nile Ranger.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Macclesfield Town 3, Swindon Town 0. Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Jack Barthram replaces Yaser Kasim.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Macclesfield Town 2, Swindon Town 0. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

    Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.