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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 0 v 0 Sutton United

29 April 2020

John Askey's Wembley-bound Silkmen side completed the 2016/17 National League season with a goalless draw against Sutton United two-years-ago today.

With many of the Silkmen faithful using the occasion to purchase their Wembley merchandise, they hoped to secure the perfect send-off by claiming all three points as we brought the curtain down on our league season.

Both sides had just pride to play for during the contest, as both were comfortably residing in mid-table after solid seasons.

The first half developed in a manner which resulted in clear-cut chances being hard to come by for both sides.

Luke Summerfield came closest for the hosts, as he rifled a ferocious drive over the Sutton bar and Craig Eastmond could render himself unlucky to have not given the visitors the lead when he fired wide of Scott Flinders' goal despite being well-placed.

It was the South Londoners who started the second period in the ascendancy, with substitute Jack Jebb forcing Flinders into a smart save to preserve the deadlock after breaching our offside trap.

Askey's side could have won it when James Thorne saw his curling effort ricochet off the crossbar, yet as we ebbed towards the final whistle the tempo of the game reduced as thoughts of our impending date at the national stadium took hold.

Macclesfield Town: Flinders, Halls, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Thorne (Hancox 72), Whitehead, Summerfield (James 46), Norburn (Browne 57), Holroyd, Dudley.


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