Three draws in our four league fixtures in November represented a solid if unspectacular month for Macc as we consolidated our position in the Sky Bet League Two standings.
A much-changed Silkmen side were eliminated from the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Kingstonian and we also travelled to Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town in Leasing.com Trophy action. Two late goals ended our participation in that competition, as we fell to a 3-1 defeat at The New Meadow.
Matchday 16: Carlisle United 2 v 1 Macclesfield Town (02/11/19)
It was a case of what could have been in our meeting with Carlisle in early November, as Joe Ironside missed a penalty before our hosts staged a fightback to claim all three points.
Theo Archibald gave us the lead on 25 minutes before Ironside was presented with the opportunity to double our lead just six minutes later.
It was not to be, however, as Carlisle goalkeeper Adam Collin denied our number nine from 12 yards.
The Cumbrians would level through Harry McKirdy in first half stoppage time, before Leicester City loanee Ryan Loft came off the bench to nick the victory after Ben Stephens saw his close-range header chalked off for offside.
Matchday 17: Macclesfield Town 0 v 0 Mansfield Town (16/11/19)
The Silkmen played out a goalless draw in wet and windy conditions at the Moss as we thwarted Mansfield’s potent attacking threat.
Our visitors boasted two of the league’s top scorers in Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose, with the former coming closest to opening the scoring – prodding Kellan Gordan’s cross just wide.
Our visitors failed to create much else going forward whilst Arthur Gnahoua’s strike was as close as Macc came as we settled for a point.
Matchday 18: Salford City 0 v 0 Macclesfield Town (23/11/19)
Our second draw of the month came at the Peninsula Stadium in a game which the required attacking intensity from either side.
Jak McCourt’s powerful strike from distance was as close as the Silkmen came, whilst Lois Maynard struck the post late on as Salford searched for a decisive goal.
Matchday 19: Macclesfield Town 1 v 1 Bradford City (30/11/19)
We would round out the month by recording a third straight draw, this time against promotion hopefuls Bradford City.
Jak McCourt’s opened the scoring for the Silkmen from the penalty spot after Corey O’Keeffe saw his surging run abruptly ended by Ben Richards-Everton.
James Vaughan would eventually level for the Bantams - but only after missing from six yards out earlier in the half.
Connor Kirby would see red shortly before second half stoppage time, but the ever resilient Silkmen defence kept the Bradford attackers at bay as they searched for a late winner.