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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 2 v 2 Accrington Stanley

8 April 2020

Gary Simpson's Macclesfield Town ended a run of four straight defeats nine years ago today, as we contested an entertaining 2 - 2 draw with promotion-seeking Accrington Stanley at the Moss Rose.

The match began with both sides looking to gain the ascendancy - with Lewis Chalmers and Tyrone Barnett both going close for the home side in the opening exchanges.

Slowly but surely, Macc started to look the more potent and the deadlock was duly broke in the 22nd minute courtesy of Hamza Bencherif's emphatic strike which sailed past the visiting 'keeper into the top corner of the net.

Stanley came into the game on the back of three successive victories and as a result, they looked to get their promotion bid back on track at the earliest opportunity.

Jose Veiga was called into action numerous times during the period which ensued, yet it has to be said that he was not unduly troubled at that stage.

In actual fact, Macc could well have doubled our lead before the interval - with Colin Daniel and Ross Draper both guilty of missing clear chances on goal.

The visitors unquestionably came out for the second period in a rejuvenated manner and began to lay siege on Veiga's goal.

The intensity of their play was difficult to deal with at times, yet the Macc rearguard initially repelled all that was thrown at them with authority and conviction.

With Simpson's men fighting to retain their slender advantage, chances at the other end of the pitch were few and far between - the only real one of note occurred when Daniel cut inside and fizzed a venomous low drive into the base of the near post.

Stanley moved through the gears and would gain their reward in the 73rd minute, when Andy Proctor hammered home the equaliser from the edge of the penalty area.

Buoyed by restoring parity, the Lancashire outfit then set their sights on securing all three points. They took the lead just five minutes later, when Carl Tremarco was adjudged to have impeded Terry Gornell in the area and Phil Edwards stepped-up to convert the resultant penalty.

Tremarco was dismissed for his second bookable offence shortly after, as Macc sought to claim something from the game with ten men.

Deep into injury time Macc claimed a share of the spoils in dramatic style, as substitute Vinny Mukendi struck from close-range to level the game once more and move Simpson's side nine points clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Reid, Brown, Brisley, Tremarco, Wedgbury (Sinclair 88), Draper (Mukendi 85), Chalmers, Bencherif, Daniel, Barnett.

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