On a scoring system of 25 for a win, ten for a draw and ten for each goal scored, Spreadex quote York at 23-26 and Macclesfield
The home fans had to wait until added time at the end of the first half to celebrate the first try, giving Cov an 8-3 lead at the break with Macclesfield
edging it at that point in terms of territory and possession.
And just to rub it in, Macclesfield
then managed to 'win' the second half as they did everything that Cov should have done by keeping the ball tight through phase after phase to strangle any hopes an increasingly frustrated Cov might have held of mounting a recovery.
This top of the table National Two North clash between Macclesfield
and Caldy takes place at Priory Park, Macclesfield
, this weekend when a side unbeaten at home this season take on one unbeaten away from home.
Ricky Ravenhill dominated the centre of midfield and widemen David Poole and Franz Burgmeier caused the Macclesfield
manager Keith Alexander warned that some of his players could pay a price for their poor start.
Rochdale started well and they took the lead when a quick free-kick from David Perkins sent Adam Rundle away down the left, and his low cross was turned into his own net by Macclesfield
defender Jimmy McNulty.
Matthias said: "The cup tie is going to be worth around pounds 600,000 and a club like Macclesfield
has never experienced anything like it before.
, relegated back to the basement after spending one fleeting season in the Second Division, lost at home to Swansea on Saturday.
were the better side throughout the first half but proved woeful in front of goal after creating a series of halfchances that went begging.
A purple patch which brought Cov three tries in the space of nine minutes before half-time proved the decisive period of an entertaining game, giving them a 22-5 lead, but they had to dig deep and show all their qualities as Macclesfield
refused to lie down and came back strongly in the second period.
BARNET 1 MACCLESFIELD
2 lee Bell's strike ensured Macclesfield
triumphed despite a dramatic late finish at Underhill.