Decent draw against League One high-flyers Dale
MACCLESFIELD .............. 0 ROCHDALE ....................... 0
getting on the end of a Reuben Noble-Lazarus corner, but goalkeeper Ritchie Branagan made a good save to deny him.
The Silkmen then began to come into the match more as it progressed, with Jack Sampson having their best opportunity of the first half.
The forward found himself one on one with Rochdale stopper Johny Diba after latching on to Danny Whitaker’s pin-point pass, but he could only hit his effort straight at the opposition goalkeeper.
Lund was again causing problems for the away side at the other end, with another of his headers cleared off the line on 32 minutes.
Both teams then had half-chances as the interval approached, first through Danny Rowe who smashed a 20-yard effort high over the crossbar.
Rochdale’s Calvin Andrew and Jamie Allen then split the Macc defence with a neat one-two, before Branagan managed to stop the attack.
That move proved to be the last action of the half, with the two teams going into the break with the score 0-0.
Macclesfield introduced several trialists during the second half, but they were unable to make a major impact as the pace of the match significantly slowed.
The away side enjoyed a spell of possession just before the hour mark, and Tom Kennedy nearly made it count when his shot flew narrowly past the upright.
The first chance for Macc since the interval then fell to midfielder Paul Lewis when his curling effort from the edge of the box was hit off target.
Rochdale were struggling to create any clear-cut opportunities and the hosts nearly made them pay when they rattled the woodwork.
Kristian Dennis smashed a looping shot towards goal, but his strike smashed off the crossbar with Diba well beaten.
The Silkmen nearly made the breakthrough in the dying stages when Theo Bailey-Jones hit a powerful drive across goal.
Diba got down well to deny him in what turned out to be the last action of the match, with the game finishing 0-0.
Summer signing Curtis Haynes-Brown featured for Macc in the second half of the game and has been impressed with what he’s seen on and off the field so far at the Moss Rose.
“The team did very well – I thought we were a lot better than the previous game we’d played,” he said.
“We’re getting a lot of running and a lot of work with the ball, which has been a nice surprise.
“The lads who are on trial are fitting in well – it’s like they have already signed.
“It would be nice to get a couple of wins before the start of the season and take some momentum into the Torquay game.”
Macc were due to face another League One side, Bury, at home on Wednesday evening as the Express went to press.
●● Danny Whitaker