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Half-time: Hereford United 1 Macclesfield Town 0
SEAN Canham headed the Bulls in front after a quarter-of-an-hour in an entertaining Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Edgar Street .
Macclesfield had the better of the possession in a scrappy opening and the first shot came from Peter Winn, who blasted a 25-yarder narrowly wide of Hanford’s goal.
Craig Braham-Barrett then broke away on the left but his cross was comfortably fielded by the Bulls’ keeper.
With six minutes played, Canham won a free-kick five yards from the edge of the Silkmen’s area.
But Harry Pell’s curling shot flew high and wide.
Pell was at the centre of a neat move moments later when he and Jackson carved out a chance for Marley Watkins who was only just beaten to the ball by keeper Lance Cronin.
Macclesfield re-assumed the attack and a pacy move ended with a shot from Matthew Barnes-Homer which deflected behind off his own player Sam Wedgbury.
It was Wedgbury who forced the first corner on 13 minutes with a cross which deflected behind off Chris Carruthers.
Hanford was eventually able to smother the ball from the cross.
The opening goal came at the other end on 15 minutes.
Watkins and Pell worked the ball to Andy Gallinagh who crossed for Canham to head past Cronin.
Hereford drew some confidence from the goal and dominated the next few minutes.
Jackson saw a drive deflected just wide and then failed to control a cross-shot from Watkins which might easily have brought a second goal.
The former Bristol City man, who was a lively outlet, had another low shot saved by Cronin while, at the other end, Hanford, whose handling was excellent in the early stages, leapt to claim a right-wing cross.
The Bulls keeper was, however, glad to see a fierce volley from Peter Winn flash just past his right-hand post.
Watkins, whose was proving a handful with his willingness to run at the Macclesfield defence forced a corner of 33 minutes but United were unable to create an opportunity.
Macclesfield gained a corner of their own almost immediately but Chris Carruthers cleared the danger with a header at the near post.