MACCLESFIELD Town’s run without a league win stretched to seven games after they were held to a goalless draw at relegation- threatened Altrincham.
The result left John Askey’s men 12th in the National League, 11 points off fifth-placed Tranmere Rovers and increasingly unlikely to content this season’s playoffs.
It was a quiet match, with the teams have just two shots on target between them, meaning they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
After heading into the game in poor form, trepidation among John Askey’s men should’ve perhaps been expected, but against equally out-ofform opponents, the traveling Silkmen would’ve hoped to have seen their team test the host’s resilience more.
Paul Turnbull hit the bar and Kristian Dennis forced a smart save from the otherwise untested Tim Deasy, but the visiting contingent – who remained in good voice despite the lack of entertainment in wintry conditions – had little else to shout about.
Altrincham teenager Josh Ginnelly did his best to get the home fans on their feet from the off, but despite getting the better of Andy Halls for much of the game, his pace and athleticism was not matched with a finishing touch.
The 18-year-old was equally as capable going down the line or cutting inside, but when he did the latter on 12 minutes, his long-range effort was deflected wide harmlessly.
Soon after on the other flank, Ryan Crowther danced through the Macc back four, but his goalbound shot was blocked by a sea of bodies to the relief of the beaten Shwan Jalal.
It was not all one-way traffic though, and when Dennis’ header was handled by Marcus Holness on the edge of the box, the visitors were given their best chance of the half to open the scoring.
Turnbull almost delivered with a sweetly taken free-kick, but his effort was just a few inches too high as the crossbar came to the hosts’ rescue.
Dennis then had a chance to add to his 22 league goals already notched this season, but the Stockport loanee’s turn and shot was palmed around the post just before the break.
Seemingly content with their sides’ opening half, neither manager made changes at half-time, but a rare beam of sunshine did greet the players on their re-entry to the pitch.
The change of forecast was not symbolic of what was to come though as neither side were able to dominate the game from the restart.
When the benches were called upon, it was attacking changes that were made; firstly Damien Reeves freshening up the home side’s attack on the hour mark, and it had the desired effect.
Within seconds, he had a chance to score, but when sent through on goal, the 30-year-old hesitated amidst the expectancy of an offside flag.
It didn’t come, and Jalal was afforded enough time to respond to the substitute’s advances on goal.
Macc then responded by bringing on Chris Holroyd, but he was wasted as a wide man in a front three, whilst much of Dennis’ efforts continued to go into chasing down long balls.
Whether that was how Askey planned to utilise his star man from the off,
●● Paul Turnbull went close to breaking the deadlock
●● Action from Macclesfield’s game against Altrincham at the weekend