Match Report: Bromley 1-1 Macclesfield

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 23 Dec 2017

Macclesfield will top the table at Christmas following a 1-1 draw with Bromley at Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon.

The Silkmen started the game stronger, but the hosts replied well in the second half and the spoils were shared, leaving Macclesfield two points clear of closest chasers Wrexham at the end of the afternoon.

Macclesfield started the game at their usual pace as Ryan Lloyd had a chance one on one with the goalkeeper inside two minutes. Unfortunately for the midfielder, his chance slipped away and Bromley countered, but they couldn’t convert.

The home side had gone two months without a win at Hayes Lane prior to the beginning of the game, but they looked the stronger side in the opening 20 minutes, missing a number of half-chances in front of the Silkmen net.

Macclesfield grew into the game, making a couple of chances for Tyrone Marsh who failed to convert in the first half.

Kieran Kennedy received a yellow card in the 23rd minute and was targeted by the home side as the half ticked on, but fortunately kept his head.

The visitors were counting their blessings on the half hour mark as Keith Lowe flicked a Bromley free kick onto his own bar, which was cleared moments later.

Danny Whitaker came close with a header as Macclesfield knocked on the door again, but it was Ryan Lloyd who eventually broke the deadlock with a header from a corner, giving the visitors the lead just before half-time.

The game was a tale of two halves and Bromley came out looking to dominate the second. They came close in the 57th minute hitting the inside of the post.

Almost ten minutes later the home side struck the bar, with warning lights flashing everywhere for Macclesfield.

The equaliser came in the 70th minute, with Dennis the scorer. Keith Lowe appeared to be down injured on the edge of the box but play went on, and Dennis pounced on his opportunity to give the hosts a chance.

Wanadio put the pressure on Hodgkiss with ten minutes to go but the Macclesfield defender did well to clear the danger.

Elliott Durrell was introduced to try and change the game moments later, but he was nullified by intense pressure from Bromley.

Competition was fierce in the final few minutes and Macc had to dig their heels in, preventing any further goals. The visitors were resilient in what was a difficult second half, and earned themselves a point.

 

Attendance: 1,445

Macclesfield: Jalal, Hodgkiss (C) Lowe, Kennedy, Fitzpatrick, Lloyd, Whitehead, Burgess, Whitaker, Marsh, Wilson.

Subs: Pilkington, Durrell, Ramsbottom, Hancox, Arthur.

Bromley: Gregory, Rees, Holland, Williams, Higgs, Sterling, Wanadio, Porter, Johnson, Sutherland, Woolfenden.

Subs: Chorley, Raymond, Dennis, Johnson, Vose.

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