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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Macclesfield Town

Crewe kept pace with leaders Swindon to remain second in League Two after registering their seventh consecutive home victory with a 2-0 success over Cheshire rivals Macclesfield.

An early penalty from Chris Porter sent the Railwaymen on their way before Middlesbrough loanee Stephen Walker doubled the lead before the break.

The struggling Silkmen, now without a win in seven, started off on the wrong foot when Fraser Horsfall's trip on the marauding Perry Ng on the byline was punished by Porter who sent Jonathan Mitchell the wrong way from the spot after 11 minutes.

Walker was a threat throughout and Mitchell did well to push around the winger's angled effort.

Crewe did not have it all on their own way and Macclesfield showed glimpses of attacking potential. But they wasted a chance to level before the half hour mark when Corey O'Keefe blazed his first-time effort high and wide from 10 yards out.

Crewe moved with swifter purpose and, when a crossfield pass released Walker, the loanee showed great composure to finish across Mitchell from right of the box.

Danny Whitehead's effort almost caught out Will Jaaskelainen, with the Crewe keeper scrambling the ball away.

But Crewe could have had more after the break when Macclesfield skipper Fiacre Kelleher was close to turning a cross into his own net and Walker curled a left-footer onto the far post.

Jaaskelainen turned around substitute Joe Ironside's neat-post flick to deny the visitors a late consolation.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 28Nottingham
  • 21Offord
  • 3Pickering
  • 8Jones
  • 4WintleBooked at 44mins
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 76'minutes
  • 29WalkerBooked at 36mins
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 70'minutes
  • 10KirkSubstituted forPowellat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 15Hunt
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale

Macclesfield

  • 1Mitchell
  • 25Cameron
  • 5KelleherBooked at 53mins
  • 15Horsfall
  • 16O'Keeffe
  • 19WhiteheadSubstituted forStephensat 88'minutes
  • 8TollittSubstituted forMcCourtat 56'minutes
  • 14Kirby
  • 11Archibald
  • 7GnahouaSubstituted forIronsideat 66'minutes
  • 22Tracey

Substitutes

  • 4McCourt
  • 9Ironside
  • 10Stephens
  • 18Blyth
  • 20Wilson
  • 23Fitzpatrick
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
5,413

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

Attempt blocked. Jak McCourt (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra).

Joe Ironside (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Archibald with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ben Stephens replaces Danny Whitehead.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Will Jaaskelainen.

Attempt saved. Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Whitehead with a cross.

Attempt saved. Shilow Tracey (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Michael Nottingham.

Attempt missed. Stephen Walker (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Perry Ng.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Charlie Kirk.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Oliver Finney.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Fraser Horsfall tries a through ball, but Joe Ironside is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Chris Porter.

Attempt missed. Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Kirby with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra).

Shilow Tracey (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Joe Ironside replaces Arthur Gnahoua.

Attempt missed. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Stephen Walker (Crewe Alexandra) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by James Jones.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Corey O'Keeffe.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Theo Archibald.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Attempt missed. Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jak McCourt with a cross.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Stephen Walker is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jak McCourt replaces Ben Tollitt.

Booking

Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon34206860372366
2Crewe34197862402264
3Exeter34189750381263
4Plymouth34188854371762
5Cheltenham331512648262257
6Colchester351413849351455
7Northampton341671149361355
8Port Vale35141384842655
9Bradford351312104237551
10Forest Green351210134140146
11Cambridge35129143844-645
12Crawley351014114746144
13Salford351111134546-144
14Walsall35128153748-1144
15Newport321110112928143
16Grimsby331011123943-441
17Scunthorpe34109154250-839
18Leyton Orient35912144554-939
19Oldham35814133954-1538
20Carlisle34812143552-1736
21Mansfield35811164654-835
22Morecambe35710183458-2431
23Macclesfield35715133242-1030
24Stevenage35313192347-2422
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