Macc’s point is Tay­lor-made


MAC­CLES­FIELD dropped their first points of the sea­son at Wok­ing, but the point they took from a goal­less draw will be hugely wel­come.

The Cards have in­vested heav­ily in their squad this sum­mer and af­foreded them­selves the luxury of start­ing for­mer Macc mid­fielder Keiran Murtagh on the bench.

Mean­while, in­jury to Chris Hol­royd and is­sues with David Gon­za­lez’ visa meant John Askey’s squad was once again a sub­sti­tute light.

TheSilk­men were forced to de­fend for their lives for the most part but held out for a de­cent draw at the King­field Sta­dium.

Waide Fairhurst per­haps didn’t have his eye in when he failed to cap­i­talise on Macc’s early open­ing via an er­rant ball from their hosts, just four min­utes in.

Cards mid­fielder John God­dard’s aw­ful back­pass sent Fairhurst in on goal, but keeper Aaron Howe was off his line sharply and got his an­gles right to deny the striker. It was to prove the visi­tors’ prime chance on a day when de­fences were on top.

But God­dard did prove threat­en­ing at the other end and looked for all the world like open­ing the scor­ing a minute af­ter his er­ror.

The winger let fly from 25 yards with a fine strike but Rhys Tay­lor man­aged to stretch just far enough to get a vi­tal hand on the ball and push it onto the bar. That sparked a spate of Wok­ing open­ings with Tay­lor T by far the busiest of he keep­ers.

He made an equally vi­tal but very dif­fer­ent save to deny Scott Ren­dell at point-blank range, af­ter John Nut­ter’s de­flected shot fell kindly for the Wok­ing for­ward.

Shots from Arthur Gna­houa andDanny Whitaker aside, the rest of the first half be­longed to the hosts and Tay­lor was once again called upon whenNut­ter’s free kick into the dan­ger area looked to be sail­ing in­side the up­right.

There was more for Macc and man­ager John Askey to en­dure in the sec­ond half, as Wok­ing con­tin­ued to turn the screw.

Josh Payne crashed one into the side net­ting and Tay­lor some­how pre­vented Ren­dell from head­ing in a won­der­ful Payne cross.

The Macc keeper con­tin­ued to frus­trate Wok­ing, not least Ren­dell, who couldn’t find a way through when a cor­ner fell at his feet 10 yards from goal and Joey Jones blasted over the re­bound.

Not even a blow to the head, from Wok­ing sub Guiseppe Sole, didn’t put him off his game, on one of those ‘none shall pass’ days for him. Askey re­vealed the lat­ter stages were seen out in some­thing of a daze for his stop­per but the for­mer for­ward al­most bor­dered on the un­sym­pa­thetic, ac­cept­ing that Sole was en­ti­tled to put a toe in.

“I’ve always said that we’re lucky to have Rhys,” said Askey. “He’s as good a keeper as you’re go­ing to get in this di­vi­sion, so for us to get him is fan­tas­tic.

“He got a bad bang in the sec­ond half and he doesn’t re­ally know where he is at the mo­ment

“It was one of those that, as a for­ward, you know you’re go­ing to hurt him, you hope for chal­lenges like that – you know you won’t get hurt, you’re likely to hurt the keeper and he might not fancy it next time, it’s part of the game isn’t it?

“Hope­fully Rhys can give a lit­tle bit back out when he’s com­ing out for crosses but he is a top­class keeper.”

At the other end the visi­tors couldn’t re­ally trou- ble Tay­lor’s op­po­site num­ber Howe in the sec­ond half.

Adri­ano Moke couldn’t add to his goal in mid­week as he fired just wide and Fairhurst’s lofty fin­ish couldn’t match up to the stan­dard he showed in spin­ning off his man to cre­ate the space.

With Tay­lor im­pe­ri­ous and the fledg­ling part­ner­ship of Luke Wa­ter­fall and Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton once again rock-solid Macc re­pelled the Cards’ ad­vances as the threats were seen off and even­tu­ally pe­tered out.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Macc keeper Rhys Tay­lor was in in­spired form at Wok­ing

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