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Posted Sat 24 Oct 09 at 18:54 PM

Macclesfield Town 2 – 2 Dag & Red

Macclesfield threw away a two goal lead against ten man Dagenham & Redbridge after hitting the woodwork five times and conceding an injury time penalty.

Ricky Sappleton's 66th minute strike looked to have wrapped things up for Macc after Matthew Tipton's first half penalty had given them the lead but Wes Thomas pulled one back and Mark Arber smashed in a last minute spot kick to give the visitors a point in an ill tempered finale.

Thomas almost embarrassed the home defence in the very first minute, capitalising on a mix-up between Jon Brain and skipper Nat Brown to reach a long ball first but could only head into the keeper's arms.

Ross Draper, back in the side in place of the injured John Rooney, saw his header clip the top of the bar from Lee Bell's corner in the third minute which would be first of many times Macc would be cursing the woodwork.

A good passing move across the pitch found Hamza Bencherif and as he slid to play the ball on to Colin Daniel he was caught by a late lunge by Abu Ogogo. The referee raced over and immediately showed the Daggers full back a red card, giving Macc 80 minutes with a man advantage.

Bencherif had lengthy treatment before returning to the pitch, however he broke down again five minutes later and had to be replaced by Tipton.Nat Brown also looked to have taken an early knock as he too was forced off to be replaced by Paul Morgan.

As the Daggers looked to find a new shape with ten men, Macc struggled to break them down and Tipton was twice flagged offside as he looked to be in.

At the other end Dagenham were restricted to long range efforts and set pieces mainly provided by the long throws of Danny Green but came closest when Stuart Thurgood's long range strike came off the heels of Paul Benson and bounced just wide as Brain could only watch.

Tipton's placed effort was easily held by Tony Roberts when he found space on the edge of the box and Mark Arber headed over after a rare attack for the visitors.

Macc were awarded a penalty after 28 minutes when Daniel hooked a cross back into the box and Tipton was pulled back by Thurgood as he looked to control the high ball.The visitors couldn't believe the decision but Tipton stepped up himself and calmly slotted into the bottom right corner.

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Matthew Tipton - Linked up well with his strike partner but went from hero to villain

Thomas hit a low drive into the side netting on 40 minutes after he had earlier been denied an even better chance by Shaun Brisley's brave block.

Macc had a great spell of dominance before the break and twice hit the post in the closing stages.Sappleton glanced a header onto the far post from Carl Tremarco's pinpoint cross and just a minute later Daniel struck the other upright when he picked up a poor clearance and smashed a left footed shot from 20 yards.

The second goal wouldn't come before the break and chances were at more of a premium after half time.

A quick corner from Macc allowed Daniel to cross and Morgan headed over at the near post and Sappleton again hit the post on 53 minutes when Tipton flicked it into his path for the big loanee to cut in onto his left foot and curl a great effort around the dive of Roberts and off the post and wide.

Unbelievably on the hour the home side hit the woodwork yet again when Sappleton slipped the ball into Sinclair's path who was able to use his immense pace to get away from his man but from a narrowing angle he thumped his effort at the near post.

The second goal came on 66 minutes and should have wrapped up the three points for the Silkmen.Great link-up play between the front two saw Sappleton cushion a ball down for Tipton to hit a return pass through first time and the burly frontman beat the onrushing keeper to the ball, knock it past him and stroke home.

With just over 15 minutes to go Sappleton made way for Ben Wright who almost scored with his first touch but his near post header was blocked.

Barnet Sappleton

Ricky Sappleton - Led the line brilliantly and deserved his goal

The former Crewe man had an even better chance moments later when he was played through by Izak Reid but struck against the legs of Roberts.

The prolific Paul Benson drew an impressive stop from Brain to tip over his header from just six yards out but the Daggers did pull one back on 78 minutes when Thomas wriggled through two challenges on the right and slip the ball under Brain.

Lee Bell blasted wildly over from the edge of the box for Macc as they grew ever more edgy as the time ticked away.

The task became even more difficult for the Silkmen when with two minutes to go Tipton unnecessarily was sent off after kicking the ball away again after being booked once for it and was shown a second yellow and ordered off.

The sending off made Macc sit back even more and in the second minute of stoppage time a shot from the edge of the box was blocked by an arm and the referee pointed to the spot.

After much protesting Mark Arber blasted the kick into the roof of the net to send the visiting bench and fans wild.

In the dying seconds an ugly challenge from Draper gave the Daggers a free kick and started a brawl involving most of the players leading to Tremarco and Sinclair being booked and things nearly went from bad to worse when the set piece was knocked into the box and unmarked Arber headed onto the post from ten yards.

Andy Brinkhurst

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