A spectacular Ryan Lloyd goal wasn’t quite enough for victory at York Road, but Macclesfield continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw against Maidenhead United.
Lloyd’s 50-yard strike in the 54th minute was cancelled out by a late Jake Hyde header, when on another day Macc could’ve taken all three points.
John Askey made two changes going into the game. Tyrone Marsh earnt a place in the starting eleven as he replaced Scott Wilson and Danny Whitaker dropped to the bench in favour of Mitch Hancox.
The first-half was a tightly contested affair. Both sides created chances but the final touch to send the ball into the net was missing for both sides.
Maidenhead looked lively early on. Shwan Jalal was called into action, as he got down well to the left post to save Emmanuel’s snap-shot before Clifton’s shot flew over the bar in the first ten minutes.
Then, Macclesfield grew into the game and started to dominate proceeding’s. Mitch Hancox saw his shot deflected over the bar before Elliott Durrell created the best chance of the half for the Silkmen.
He whipped a cross into the box, but nobody in a blue shirt could tap the ball home to take the lead on 23 minutes.
It was a half of few chances at York Road, but the hosts also came close before the half-time whistle when Steer crossed into the box. However, again nobody could get onto the end of it leaving the half-time score at 0-0.
The second-half was a more entertaining affair. After the re-start Scott Burgess and Elliott Durrell both had their efforts blocked by the Maidenhead defence as the Silkmen searched for an opener.
Then, a moment of brilliance from Ryan Lloyd. In the 54th minute he received the ball on the half-way line and hit a spectacular shot towards goal from 50-yards out which evaded everyone and went into the roof of the net to give Macc a 1-0 lead. A strike reminiscent of David Beckham’s famous goal against Wimbledon.
Askey’s men then went on the hunt for a second. Elliott Durrell came close as Maidenhead goal-keeper Pentney tracked back well to deny him yet another goal this season from his lobbed effort.
Maidenhead then pushed for an equaliser. Manager Alan Devonshire introduced Jake Hyde to the action from the bench and the tall striker came close on numerous occasions, but he couldn’t hit the target.
But two minutes from time Maidenhead had their equaliser. Substitute Hyde was in the thick of the action again, as a ball was floated into the box, leaving the striker with a simple header to tap in the equaliser.
However, Macclesfield battled to the end. Durrell again took aim at goal, but it didn’t make a difference as the score stayed the same.
The result means Macclesfield are in third place in the National League table only 1 point of Wrexham at the top.
Macclesfield Starting XI:
Jalal, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington, Durrell, Marsh, Lloyd, Hancox, Whitehead, Burgess
Subs not used:
Wilson, Ramsbottom, Kennedy, Arthur, Whitaker
Maidenhead Starting XI:
Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametey, Massey ©, Emmanuel (Marks 59’), Barratt (Upward 44’), Pritchard, Clifton, Peters, Smith (Hyde 59’)
Subs not used:
By Andrew Gate