Silk­men rue squan­dered op­por­tu­ni­ties

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

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.

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