Long wait for a
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.
●● Kristian Dennis is shoved off the ball by Matt Rhead during the 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at the Moss Rose on Saturday
●● John McCombe rises above the Macc defence to head Lincoln into a 16th minute lead at the Moss Rose
●● Chris Holroyd lines up a shot against Lincoln City at the Moss Rose on Saturday