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MAC­CLES­FIELD may have bro­ken their los­ing run but the draw against For­est Green left them feel­ing cold.

Although their un­beaten home record re­mains in­tact the point gained could – and per­haps should – have been three.

Macc came from be­hind to lead in the lat­ter stages but were pegged back by Lee Hughes’ for­tu­nate goal that Rhys Tay­lor will not want to be re­minded of.

The keeper – who’s shown ex­cep­tional form this sea­son – let Hughes’ scuffed ef­fort go by to hand the Green Devils a share of the spoils.

A keeper’s lot is an un­en­vi­able one at the best of times and Tay­lor had al­ready made a few top-drawer stops by that stage.

James Nor­wood’s fiercely-driven near-post shot late in the first half was cleanly caught when many a cus­to­dian would have been happy to parry it to safety.

And just a minute be­fore his clanger Tay­lor (right) had back-ped­alled rapidly to gather a loop­ing header from Jon Parkin, still a Macc fan favourite after all th­ese years and one of the men most likely to net for the vis­i­tors.

But the Beast had to be con­tent with an as­sist, feed­ing left-winger El­liott Frear who broke the dead­lock just 11 min­utes in with a well-aimed low shot that sneaked inside the post, just beyond Tay­lor’s full-length dive.

Macc did have chances to get back on terms, but Paul Lewis turned over a way­ward shot from Arthur Gna­houa and glanced a header nar­rowly wide from Andy Halls’ dan­ger­ous cross.

But Lewis – whose first se­nior goal came at Rovers’ New Lawn ground – headed his side level seven min­utes after the restart.

From wide on the left, sole striker Waide Fairhurst put in the kind of cross that he’d rel­ish be­ing on the end of him­self, and the strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the young mid­fielder told as he got Macc back on terms.

And 20 min­utes later Fairhurst chose to go it alone – and did so in style, crash­ing a shot from the edge of the D right into the top cor­ner to make it 2-1 and put Macc on course for vic­tory.

That lead lasted just six min­utes though.

Hughes, on as a sub eight min­utes ear­lier, scuffed his shot but it some­how evaded Tay­lor and crept inside the post.

For all his fine work ear­lier – and what was yet to come – his day’s work will be re­mem­bered for that one cru­cial blip.

Tay­lor was handed a chance to re­deem him­self in in­jury-time though, and he took it, denying Parkin at point-blank range to en­sure the match ended with hon­ours even.

Tay­lor, Halls, Wa­ter­fall, Pilk­ing­ton, Bar­row, Hol­royd (Moke 66), Gon­za­lez, Lewis, Hain­ing, Gna­houa, Fairhurst.



Brana­gan, Turn­bull, Rouse, Cowan.

Rus­sell, Pipe, Oshodi, Coles, Kelly, Nor­wood (Guthrie 56), Wedg­bury, Sinclair, Frear, Jol­ley (Hughes 70), Parkin.

Ben­nett, Vieira,




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