Pegged back by late Torquay lev­eller

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - FA TRO­PHY QUAR­TER-FI­NAL

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.”

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

Jalal, Halls, Byrne, Turn­bull, Samp­son, Rowe, Den­nis (Hol­royd), Di­agne, Fitz­patrick, Whi­taker, Sty­che ( Turner). Subs Not Used: Brana­gan, Cowan, Pilk­ing­ton

●● Neill Byrne

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