Pegged back by late Torquay leveller
MACCLESFIELD were left to do it all again after a thrilling 3-3 draw in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy away to Torquay last Tuesday.
Kristian Dennis 77th minute goal looked to have put the Silkmen through only for Torquay to snatch a late equaliser, setting up a replay which was scheduled to take place last night as the Express went to press.
Macclesfield started brightly with both Dennis and Paul Turnbull coming close before Byrne headed wide and Styche forcing a great save from Lavercombe.
Despite the Silkmen’s fantastic start, Torquay took the lead after 32 minutes when Josh Rees squeezed a shot under goalkeeper, Shwan Jalal’s body.
Five minutes after the break Macclesfield levelled when Jack Sampson easily converted Andy Halls byline cross.
Torquay, however, regained their lead four minutes later when Dan Butlers cross drifted over a stranded Jalal.
Macclesfield showed signs of determination and levelled shortly after as Danny Rowe’s shot was converted by Neill Byrne to make it 2-2.
Dennis then forced another fantastic save from Lavercombe, before pouncing on a Torquay defensive mistake to put Macclesfield ahead after 77 minutes.
However, Iffy Allen’s 82nd minute effort curled in to force a replay with the winners facing Bognor Regis Town.
Silkmen’s defender, Neill Byrne said the start of the game was key: “We started the better team. We conceded a sloppy goal in the last 10 minutes of the first half we were maybe a bit nervous and stopped doing what we had been doing.
“We came in at half-time and had a chat between ourselves and the gaffer and he said we need to keep doing what we were doing at the start. Macclesfield boss John Askey was happy with the performance: “A draw away from home is a good draw, we had a great opportunity to win the game, but with what had gone on with all the travelling that we’d done, I thought it was a good performance.
“We could’ve defended better at times but overall it was another pleasing move in the right direction.”
“We really want to do well in this cup and hopefully we can.”
Jalal, Halls, Byrne, Turnbull, Sampson, Rowe, Dennis (Holroyd), Diagne, Fitzpatrick, Whitaker, Styche ( Turner). Subs Not Used: Branagan, Cowan, Pilkington
●● Neill Byrne