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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 2 v 2 Wrexham

6 April 2020

Five years ago today, John Askey's Macclesfield Town side claimed another point in their National League play-off bid - yet would have felt aggrieved that it wasn't all three, as Wrexham scored an injury-time leveller to steal a share of the spoils.

The game started with the hosts firmly in the ascendancy and they made the early pressure count by breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute.

Danny Whitaker took full advantage of Blaine Hudson's mistake, before racing through to confidently slot the ball past Andy Coughlin in the Wrexham goal.

The Red Dragons responded with a series of speculative efforts, yet in truth Rhys Taylor wasn't unduly tested in the immediate aftermath of Whitaker's opener.

Macc had opportunities to extend the lead, with Matthew Barnes-Homer going close on a number of occasions and Chris Holroyd was unlucky to see his fizzing effort from just outside the box sail just fractionally wide.

That said, parity was restored two minutes before the interval when the so-called curse of the former player came back to haunt us.

Andy Bishop flicked the ball onto Joe Murphy, whose cross was headed home from close-range by Connor Jennings to eliminate our advantage.

After imparting his half-time words of wisdom, Askey saw his side commence the second period determined to restore their lead. This duly came on 57 minutes when Scott Barrow was able to break free and his perfectly weighted cross was nodded in at the far post by Lee Bell.

The home side had chances to claim a two-goal cushion once again, yet a combination of phenomenal saves from Coughlin and fraught defending from the Wrexham backline ensured that the margin remained slender.

As time wore on, the Welshmen began to look visibly more potent and they would equalise for a second time with virtually the last kick of the game.

Sam Finely's launched ball towards the Macc area was seized upon by Robbie Evans, who slipped between Taylor and the home defence before neatly finishing to the delight of the travelling contingent.

It was a bitter pill to take for Askey's men, who looked set to claim their first win in five games - yet as the season ebbed towards it's conclusion, dreams of returning to the EFL were still very much alive.

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Cowan, Audel, Pilkington (Barrow 54), Grant, Holroyd, Turnbull, Bell, Whitaker, Sampson (Haining 81), Barnes-Homer.

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