Silkmen rue squandered opportunities
MACCLESFIELD Town missed the opportunity to move closer to the play-offs after losing at home to Torquay United in the Vanarama National League last week.
The Silkmen were made to rue several squandered chances as a brace from striker Nathan Blissett ensured their winless run in the league was extended.
Kristian Dennis scored Macclesfield’s only goal of the game but the defeat means John Askey’s side’s dream of the play-offs are slowly drifting out of view.
As the rain poured, Torquay were the better side from the off, they showed more movement, more ingenuity and through Blissett they were beginning to get in behind Macclesfield.
On the 20-minute mark, the away side went ahead through a complete breakdown of communication between defender Tony Diagne and Shwan Jalal.
Torquay played another long aimless ball up the field, but Diagne allowed the ball to bounce behind the line for the keeper to collect. However, Blissett nipped in and stole the ball, rounded the keeper and squeezed the ball inside the post to open the scoring. On 35 minutes came Macclesfield’s best opportunity of the game so far, Dennis got on the end of Andy Halls’ cross and managed to head the ball towards the top corner, but an outstanding save from Daniel Lavercombe denied the striker.
Three minutes before the break Dennis found the equaliser.
After finding himself unmarked from a Lewis cross, he produced a deft touch to knock the ball past Lavercombe for his 29th goal of the season.
Shortly after the break the Gulls regained the lead. George Pilkington had headed the ball out for a corner, but Blissett rose at the near post to nod past Jalal.
Jalal soon turned hero, after Toby Ajala robbed the cumbersome Diagne of the ball, Jalal came rushing out to keep his side in the game.
Despite the changes made by Askey and chances from Dennis and Whitehead, they could not break down a resolute Torquay defence who saw out the game well.