Macclesfield Town earned a good point from their opening game of the season as they drew 0-0 with Northampton Town. But the Silkmen were the better side for long nstretches of the game and hit the bar on two occasions as they looked for an opening day win.
The home side had their own chances and Jon Brain had to be on form more than once as the Silkmen took a useful point.
The game's first chance fell for the Silkmen as Ben Wright tried to rush on to a through-ball, but seemed to be tripped as he looked for space.
The Cobblers had a good chance for a set-piece when the ball was half cleared to McCready, but he shot well over the bar. They had another good chance a few minutes later as a free-kick evaded everyone and looked to be going in before Carl Tremarco popped up on the line to hack clear.
Akinfenwa was putting himself about and was slightly fortunate to only eanr a yellow with high-arm challenge that saw Hamza Bencherif needing to play out the rest of the match in a head bandage.
Ben Marshall shot wide from a good position before the Silkmen hit the woodwork twice in three minutes.
First off it was Ross Draper who got on the end of a cross and nodded a cushioned header that beat the 'keeper but rebounded off the bar. Northampton tried to attack, but he Silkmen won the ball and made an excellent break.
A flowing move saw Rooney finding Sinclair, who spotted Colin Daniel running into space. His pass found the left-sided attacker, but 'Junior' was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the bar.
Jon Brain was on form again to make a good save, which he parried wide and Carl Tremarco was on hand to clear.
The Cobblers had two corners but failed to make them count as the game reached half time.
The second half saw another yellow card for a home player as Alex Dyer looked to have elbowed Ross Draper, and from the resultant free-kick John Rooney saw his shot deflected for a corner. Rooney went close again after another good move from a corner. Daniel's kick was headed out to Rooney from Wright, but he shot just wide.
Akinfenwa then came close to opening the scoring but Jon Brain was quick to dive to his right to parry clear.
The shot of the match came from John Rooney. Spotting the 'keeper well off his line, he hit a looping shot from deep inside his own half, which dipped just too late and hit the roof of the net with the 'keeper still scrambling to get back.
Izak Reid, who had earlier come on for Emile Sinclair went close again after nipping on to a through-ball and firing across the face of goal but just wide of the far post.
Matty Tipton entered the fray for John Rooney a minute before Ben Wright shot just wide of the post from a position wide on the left. With time ticking away, Colin Daniel beat his man for pace, and struck a powerful shot which beat the 'keeper, but also arrowed narrowly over the bar.
And there was time in the last moments for the Silkmen to come away with nothing as Guinan found space on the left, but screwed his shot wide of the far post.
And in truth it would have been unfair on the Silkmen had he found a way through.
(Photography by Peter Hilton)