WHEN it’s not your day, a defeat like this is harder to take. Scott Wilson’s first-half goal gave Macclesfield a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient on Saturday, with the O’s wondering who walked under a ladder prior to kick-off.
The game was delayed by 20 minutes when strong winds damaged advertising boards in the north stand, forcing fans to move to the east section, leaving supporters and players waiting on a cold and bitter afternoon.
An early injury to Macclesfield goalkeeper Shwan Jalal saw substitute Sam Ramsbottom enter the field and what an afternoon he had. Orient threw everything but the kitchen sink at him but could not find a way past the 21-year-old.
Having only joined at the start of the month, this was a debut to remember for Ramsbottom.
And when Wilson scored in first-half stoppage time, it was a bitter pill for Steve Davis’s men to swallow.
Macclesfield extended their lead at the top of the table with this win and victory for the O’s was always going to be difficult. But they will feel that they deserved at least a point, with Ramsbottom making point-blank saves from David Mooney and Macauley Bonne while tipping away a James Dayton free-kick.
Defeat sees the O’s slip to 18th, having not won in eight games and tomorrow’s match against Gateshead is now more significant with the two sides level on points, with Gateshead enjoying the better goal difference.
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