Long wait for a

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE WILL JACK­SON

MACC could only man­age a 1-1 draw at home to Lin­coln City as their win­less run was ex­tended to eight games in the Va­narama Na­tional League.

A vol­ley from Danny White­head was enough to se­cure a point af­ter fall­ing be­hind to a Jamie McCombe – brother of Mac­cles­field’s new sign­ing, John McCombe – header in the first half, at Moss Rose, but de­spite a spir­ited se­cond-half per­for­mance, they could not fin­ish the vis­i­tors off.

De­spite a draw be­ing enough to move back into the top-half of the ta­ble, it means the Silk­men’s wretched run in the league and at the Moss Rose con­tin­ues, it is now eight league games with­out a vic­tory.

The poor run of form on their own turf has seen am­bi­tions of a top-five fin­ish all but dis­ap­pear – the Silk­men now stand 11 points off the play-off pack with just nine games re­main­ing.

“We need to be more pos­i­tive with our play as we’ve not been pos­i­tive enough at times over the last few weeks,” said boss John Askey.

“We need to try and en­joy the rest of the sea­son and try to win ev­ery game, that’s what it’s all about.

Boss John Askey made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 away to Al­tricham last week, re­call­ing Danny Whi­taker and Chris Hol­royd to the side and new sign­ing McCombe was mak­ing his full home de­but for Macc,

It was the vis­i­tor’s who started the stronger, and mus­tered the first real chance of the game, a Greg Tem­pest pile driver, which was ac­ro­bat­i­cally tipped over the bar by Sh­wan Jalal.

How­ever, not long af­ter the Imps took the lead, Jamie McCombe rose un­chal­lenged and un­marked in the area to head a well-de­liv­ered Terry Hawkridge free kick past and out­stretched Jalal in the 16th minute.

It took the vis­i­tors tak­ing the lead, for Macc to get into the game and af­ter a Hol­royd cross found Whi­taker, the game should have been level, his shot was par­ried away to Kris­tian Den­nis, whose shot was charged down by the de­fender.

Not long af­ter on 34 min­utes, Lin­coln’s McCombe nearly headed into his own net. A float­ing Whi­taker cross from the left wing dropped to McCombe who had his em­bar­rass­ment spared as his glanc­ing header nar­rowly went wide for a cor­ner.

This proved to be the fi­nal ac­tion in the first half, as the game de­scended into a scrappy af­fair with both side’s strug­gling to break each other down.

Af­ter the break, John Askey’s side looked fired up, and they drew level al­most im­me­di­ately through an im­pres­sive White­head vol­ley.

Af­ter White­head had played the ball out wide to Den­nis on the right, his lobbed pass found the chest of Jack Samp­son on the edge of the area who brought it down for White­head to equalise with a well-timed vol­ley into the bot­tom cor­ner from 20 yards out.

It was all Macc from there on in, but they just could not find that de­ci­sive blow to fin­ish the Imps off.

McCombe had the first chance, af­ter find­ing him­self in acres of space on the left, but fired high and wide of the goal.

Samp­son was next to have a go, af­ter the ball had bounced kindly for him on the edge of the area, he lashed a fierce shot goal wards, but it was di­rectly at Lin­coln stop­per Paul Far­man.

With twenty min­utes left came an­other chance, White­head de­liv­ered a dan­ger­ous cross across the face of the goal which just needed a touch from Den­nis in the middle to put the Silk­men ahead, but the striker missed and the fol­low up shot from Hol­royd was blocked.

With 10 min­utes to go, a rare Lin­coln counter at­tack saw sub­sti­tute Ge­orge Maris clean through only to have his

‘We need to try and en­joy the rest of the sea­son and try to win ev­ery game, that’s what it’s all about’

shot blocked by Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton, who scram­bled back just in time to deny the winger a cer­tain win­ner.

The last real chance of the game fell to full-debu­tant McCombe af­ter Pilk­ing­ton headed the ball down, but the shot was blocked by a re­silient Lin­coln de­fence.

Fur­ther chances spurned from Den­nis and cap­tain Paul Turn­bull kept the game level and en­sured both side’s had to set­tle for a draw.

Hav­ing been made to wait since 21st Novem­ber for a home win in the league, Mac­cles­field sup­port­ers were left ag­grieved to see their side not pick up all three points again.

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Kris­tian Den­nis is shoved off the ball by Matt Rhead dur­ing the 1-1 draw against Lin­coln City at the Moss Rose on Satur­day

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● John McCombe rises above the Macc de­fence to head Lin­coln into a 16th minute lead at the Moss Rose

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Chris Hol­royd lines up a shot against Lin­coln City at the Moss Rose on Satur­day

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