Macclesfield Town failed to breakdown a resilient Boreham Wood at the Moss Rose on Saturday afternoon as the game ended goalless.
John Askey’s side had plenty of chances to go ahead against the newly promoted side as Jack Sampson’s dry spell in front of goal continues.
Macclesfield dominated the first half and had the first opening of the game in the 7th minute when Andy Halls managed to find the head of an unmarked Danny Whitaker in the box, but he could only steer the ball wide of the far post.
Sampson could have got his first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Boreham Wood’s defence was caught too high up the pitch when George Pilkington cleared, allowing the former Morecambe striker through on goal. However he chose power over direction and his shot missed the target.
The Silkmen kept the pressure on the visitors when Danny Rowe exploited his pace on the wing as he beat two defenders before working the ball into the feet of Whitaker. The captain found Holroyd on the edge of the box but his shot went well over the crossbar.
After a fairly uneventful start to the second half, Sampson had another opportunity to break his duck on the hour mark.
The striker found himself with all the time in the world on the edge of the visitor’s box. However Boreham Wood’s Scott Doe made a fantastic block to stop Sampson’s strike finding the goal.
Moments later the Silkmen had their best chance of the match.
Danny Whitehead’s shot from outside the area beat James Russell but cannoned back off the post into the path of Lindon Meikle. However the new signing couldn’t steer the ball back towards goal and put his shot wide.
Doe was on hand yet again with a heroic goal line clearance in the 78th minute. Rowe linked up with Whitehead with a swift one-two before finding Holroyd on the right.
The winger’s shot beat Russell but Doe made an immense last-ditch clearance whilst at full-stretch to deny the Silkmen of an opener.
Boreham Wood had their first shot on target in the 90th minute when Anthony Jeffrey was through on goal. Shwan Jalal, who had a quiet afternoon, showed he hadn’t rusted up during the game and produced a fine save at the striker’s feet.