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On This Day: AFC Halifax Town 2 v 2 Macclesfield Town

3 April 2020

Macclesfield Town retained their bid to secure a place in the National League Play-Offs five years ago today, as John Askey's side secured a credible point at FC Halifax Town in what turned out to be a four-goal thriller.

Going into the game in fourth spot, the travelling contingent knew that The Shaymen would prove to be a tough test of our promotion credentials and that is certainly how it turned out to be.

The hosts arguably started the brighter and would take the lead on just three minutes - albeit fortuitously.

Scott Boden picked the ball up on the edge of the area and his low drive took a catastrophic deflection off Thierry Audel - leaving Rhys Taylor stranded in the Silkmen goal.

The Silkmen reacted positively to going behind, as they sought to restore parity in a timely manner. This was achieved twelve minutes later, when Jack Sampson connected sweetly with Chris Holroyd's teasing cross and directed the ball past Matt Glennon to bring the two sides level.

Sampson would go on to claim his second just after the half-hour mark, when he seized on a loose ball before poking home from close-range to give Macc the lead.

Both sides then had opportunities to claim the game's fourth goal, yet it was the visitors that went into the interval boasting a slender one-goal advantage.

The second period began in a rather volatile manner and tempers would ultimately overspill just after the hour mark when Waide Fairhurst was dismissed following an altercation with Scott McManus.

Initially, the numerical difference did not have a tangible effect on the play - as Askey's men searched for a crucial third goal. Paul Lewis, Danny Whitaker and Chris Holroyd all had chances to hand Macc a two-goal cushion, whilst Sampson had numerous speculative efforts in his bid to claim the match ball.

The Shaymen would ultimately draw level on 75 minutes however, when Accrington Stanley loanee McManus claimed his first goal for the club with a clinical strike from inside the Macc box.

As you would expect, momentum then turned in favour of the hosts - yet our backline stood strong and ensured that another precious point was gained in our quest to return to the EFL.

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Halls, Audel, Pilkington, Grant, Holroyd, Turnbull, Lewis, Whitaker, Fairhurst, Sampson (Barnes-Homer 86).

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