06:29PM, Saturday 25 November 2017
Maidenhead United 1, Macclesfield Town 1
Jake Hyde left it late to rescue Maidenhead United with a close range header and cancel out Ryan Lloyd’s wonder goal for the Silkmen at York Road.
In a contest that lacked quality throughout Macclesfield missed the chance to move top of the National League table, despite taking the lead early in the second half through Lloyd’s David Beckham-esque strike from distance.
There didn’t appear to be much on when the midfielder collected the ball just inside the Magpies half in the 54th minute, but, spotting Carl Pentney off his line, he lofted the ball over his head and into the back of the net to the surprise of everyone inside the ground.
Maidenhead, who conceded two late goals to hand a share of the spoils to Eastleigh on Tuesday evening, hassled and harried their opponents but created little to suggest they were capable of a response.
That was until the 88th minute when Harry Pritchard’s free-kick from the right was flicked on and followed in by Hyde who stooped to head the ball past Shwan Jalal from close range.
They might even have won it, had Pritchard kept his 91st minute strike from the edge of the area on target. But that would have been really harsh on John Askey’s side.
The less said about the first half of football the better. Maidenhead began brightly and Adrian Clifton had a sight of goal in the 10th minute but scooped his shot over the bar from just outside the area. Sam Barratt, who was later taken off injured and replaced by Ryan Upward, stung the palms of Jalal with a fierce drive after beating his marker with a piece of skill. Later in the half Harold Odaemetey was sent in on goal by Moses Emmanuel’s pass but Keith Lowe got back to block his shot and divert it behind for a corner kick.
Macclesfield created little of note, aside from a cross-cum-shot from Elliott Durrell that failed to trouble Pentney in the 32nd minute.
Their best moments came in the minutes after Lloyd had given them the lead. Durrell went close on two occasions, in the 57th minute, when his close range effort was bravely blocked by Rene Steer, and in the 72nd minute, when he attempted to catch Pentney off his line with an impudent little chip from the edge of the area, but this time the Magpies stopper got back to make a scrambled save. Durrell might also have won it late on but fired over the Magpies bar in the 92nd minute.
The Silkmen remain third after the draw while the Magpies drop to 14th, but have lost just once in the league in eight matches.
Alan Devonshire said: “Be fair it was an awful game. It must have been not very good to watch, but they’ve scored a worldie and we’ve shown a lot of character to get back into it without playing well. Listen we’ll take that and we’ve got 30 points now. I’m delighted, we didn’t play well but we still drew with a team in the second.”
“We’ve played well in difficult conditions,” added the Macclesfield boss Askey. “And I thought we were excellent. The only criticism I have today is that we’ve not taken our chances.
“We’ve created numerous chances and they should be put away. We were relying on an unbelievable goal to put us in the lead, but we should be taking our chances and one or two of those were simple chances I thought. I can’t remember Shwan having a save to make and the only way they were going to score was from a free-kick.”
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