Macclesfield Town 0 Cambridge United 1

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Last updated : 17 January 2004

Luke Guttridge's classy second half strike might of earned Cambridge their first win in five games but he failed to impress manager John Taylor.

He said: "What pleased me most was that we won and played well without Guttridge being at his best. He might have scored the goal but when we have taken three points in the past this season it has usually been that Luke has been influential." None the less it was a classy well crafted move started and finished by the Cambridge play maker that separated the two sides .

In the 48th minute he stole the ball off Chris Priest before releasing John Turner with a perfect pinpoint pass. The striker held the ball up neatly before playing a precise return ball back into the path of Guttridge who clinically slotted home from 15 yards.

Macclesfield boss John Askey was upset to see his team surrender their eight game unbeaten run at home with a second half suicide.

He said: "I cannot explain why we can play so well in the first half and create so many chances, but then hardly put up a fight in the second half. I think Cambridge set their stall out for a draw and after they scored they were able to sit back and soak up the pressure." Colin Little went close for Macclesfield on 22 minutes with a volley that looped over the bar, but their best chance came from Danny Whitaker who saw a skidding 20-yard drive finger-tipped past the post by man of the match Shaun Marshall.

After the Guttridge goal, Macc produced a few chances, John Miles lashing a 20 yard drive over the bar on the hour before youngster Michael Carr ended a mazy sixty yard run with a shot that was again well saved by Shaun Marshall.

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