ON THE ROAD: Macclesfield in a fin as his great return goes flat

The star lights the return of Macclesfield's house to the Football League was a goose from Canada

After a six-year exile in the National League that almost saw the club fall, Macclesfield Town returned. Back home, back in the Football League.

The stage was ready for a hero to mark the occasion, someone to deliver with a touch of goalkeeper brilliance or maybe a dose of attack panache.

In contrast, the star that turns on Moss Rose on Saturday was a Canada goose that landed on the field in the middle of the second half. He flew to the field, mocking the club's ground staff before being taken to a handful of boos.

The star lights the return of Macclesfield's house to the Football League was a goose from Canada

The star lights the return of Macclesfield's house to the Football League was a goose from Canada

That was as good as the entertainment for the 2,589 crowd. They marketed this game as the return of The Macc, in a nod to Mark Morrison's No. 1 hit in 1996, but his comeback was more flopper than topper.

After seeing their side swept all before them last season, those who showed up – and last week in Swindon – are in unfamiliar territory, having seen two defeats.

Macclesfield won the National League title last year with 92 points, and only one loss at home, with one of the smallest budgets. There was a need to be prudent, and the same limitations exist this season.

The times were difficult during his years in the National League. Some players were not paid on time, and at one point the club tried to raise money by offering a member of the public the opportunity to play for the first team in a competitive match.

The goose endured the game for two minutes, as it escaped to catch the waiters in Moss Rose

The goose endured the game for two minutes, as it escaped to catch the waiters in Moss Rose

The goose endured the game for two minutes, as it escaped to catch the waiters in Moss Rose

All that the successful aspirant needed was to be in shape, to be between 18 and 35 years old and a remnant of £ 20,000 in his back pocket. The offer was withdrawn later after it attracted negative publicity.

One man who has been present in all the peaks and valleys is Danny Whitaker. A former Manchester United apprentice, the 37-year-old midfielder and the assistant manager have been hanging around the block enough times to know that the Silkmen must trust their hearts and hard work instead of financial extravagance to stay on their feet .

"We thought of ourselves as little fish in a big pond last season," he says. – It's the same this time. There are many large teams in our division with a lot of cash to spend. We have gained the confidence to win the league, so we hope that with the guys we have maintained, that will continue. "

The durability of Whitaker – he played the full 90 minutes on Saturday and is nicknamed Benjamin Button – is useful to offer an idea of ​​how Macclesfield has changed his luck to return to the Football League.

"When I came back six seasons ago, the club was in an absolute mess, very indebted," he says. "There are people behind the scenes who have done miracles to keep us going at times.

"Many times he was in the air when they paid us." Each month was late for a week, then it was two weeks. It was a fight when you have to go out and play with that that hangs over you. "

Finally, the bird was captured, as Macclesfield went on to lose 2-0 at home to Grimsby.

Finally, the bird was captured, as Macclesfield went on to lose 2-0 at home to Grimsby.

Finally, the bird was captured, as Macclesfield went on to lose 2-0 at home to Grimsby.

However, the challenges of adapting to a new league can be a bit self-inflicted. A summer review has seen manager John Askey address League One Shrewsbury, ending his 25-year association with the club as a player and ultimately as manager.

Mark Yates is his replacement, while 14 new summer arrivals – with some running on Saturdays – means it can take a while before the Macc is a well-oiled League Two machine.

"We always knew it was going to be a difficult step," Yates said after Grimsby dominated most of the first-half proceedings, taking the lead through Jordan Cook's 30-yard effort. "I think we can handle this division, but we do not prove it to our supporters."

Despite being a defeated goal, the hosts did not lose hope when Mariners Mitch Rose was sent off in the second half for a wild challenge.

Macclesfield started to win the game and would have leveled if it was not for two goal line clearances.

Macclesfield recently promoted faces a battle for survival after six years in unlinked organizations

Macclesfield recently promoted faces a battle for survival after six years in unlinked organizations

Macclesfield recently promoted faces a battle for survival after six years in unlinked organizations

The interruption of the goose put an end to that. The game stopped and it took two minutes of comic chase, a lot of fluttering and a couple of men on the ground to avoid the winged invader from the field before the match could resume.

Once he had it, Macclesfield's impetus soon dissipated and in the 90th minute Grimsby & # 39; s Charles Vernam hit with the hammer blow.

"I have a decent squad, but at the moment one or two of them are not convincing," Yates added. "We achieved an excess last year, we have to achieve too much again this year to get where we want to go."

He will hope that they can, even if only to make sure that the Return of the Macc does not fall into a wild pursuit of survival.

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