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Posted Sat 31 Oct 09 at 18:24 PM

Silkmen 2 Bradford City 2

It was a case of Deja'vu at Moss Rose this Saturday, as The Silkmen surrended a two goal lead for the second week running against high-flying Bradford City.

The game started brightly for the home side when winger Colin Daniel pounced on a goalkeeping error to put his side ahead inside the first 5 minutes. A harmless long ball from Macc goalkeeper Jon Brain caused panic in the Bradford ranks, and with the ball bouncing around inside the 18 yard box Daniel ghosted in between keeper and defender to head home his first goal for the club.

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The Silkmen dominated the opening exchanges of the game, with midfielders Lee Bell and Ross Draper particularly imposing themselves in the centre of the park. Bradford were almost gifted a way back into the match though on 17 minutes when a lack of communication at the back led to captain Paul Morgan trying to play the ball back to keeper Brain, but only succeeding in playing the ball just past his own post.

The visitors then began to play their way back into the game, and only a fine save from Brain kept Macc in the lead. After some neat build up play, Bradford midfielder Scott Nielson found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper who had to save low to his left hand side to tip the ball around the post.

The Silkmen were not to be outdone though, and the home side doubled their lead just on half time courtesy of a goal from Hamza Bencherif. The influential Bell played in Emile Sinclair on the right hand side, who skipped by his full back and drilled a dangerous ball across the six-yard box for an unmarked Bencherif to tap home his fifth league goal of the season and send his side into half-time with a two goal cushion.

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It was the visitors who began brighter after the break though, and the warning signs were there for The Silkmen when Bradford striker James Hanson wasted a great opportunity with a free header following a cross from the right hand side.

It didn't take long for Hanson to atone for his error though, and when a corner was swung in just on the hour mark, the striker rose higher than everybody else to nod home at the vacant near post.

And the visitors were level not long after, thanks to a goal from centre-half Steve Williams. A shot from the edge of the area by Michael Flynn was well saved by Brain, but Williams was first to react to the rebound as he bundled the ball home from 6 yards out to pull Bradford level.

This seemed to spur on The Silkmen though, who pushed on looking for the win to pick up the precious three points. Striker Ben Wright, who's aerial presence had caused problems all day, was the first to come close when he headed a cross from the dangerous Sinclair agonislingly onto the post, to leave the summer signing still searching for his first goal for the club.

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Next was midfielder Ross Draper, who had a golden chance to win the game for the Silkmen. Another knock down from Ben Wright fell to the feet of Rooney, who played a delightful through ball for Draper who raced through on goal, but his shot could only crash into the side netting.

For their pressure Macc couldn't find the goal to give them the win, and it was Bradford who nearly stole all three points deep into injury time. Former Mose Rose star Gareth Evans almost came back to haunt his old teammates when he found time and space in the penalty area, but his shot was deflected onto the bar, much to the home sides relief.

That proved to be the last chance though, and 2-2 the game finished. Although The Silkmen will be disappointed to have lost a two-goal lead for the second successive week it was a fair reflection of the match and extended their recent good form to just one loss in seven games now.

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Report by Darren Coverley, pictures by Peter Hilton.

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