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