Bore­ham draw

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ARASH BAHRAMI

MACC’S play off am­bi­tions are all but over af­ter a highly con­tested 0-0 draw away at Bore­ham Wood.

Macc ar­guably held the best chances of the game, but were not able to make it count when they worked up the op­por­tu­nity.

There wasn’t much to di­vide the sides in the open­ing 15 min­utes, Chris Hol­royd looked dan­ger­ous on the right hand side, the winger found Kris­tian Den­nis at the back post but he could only find the side net­ting with his strike.

The home side were look­ing to use for­ward Ju­nior Mo­rias’ phys­i­cal pres­ence at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, but Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton and John McCombe looked steady in de­fence and were able to an­nul the for­ward.

Den­nis and Hol­royd then linked up for one of the best op­por­tu­ni­ties for Macc, the striker laid the ball into Hol­royd’s path who struck from the edge of the area, but keeper James Rus­sell was quick enough to get down and push the ball past the post.

Macc en­joyed most of their suc­cess down the right hand side, full­back Andy Halls de­liv­ered a great ball to Jack Samp­son on the half hour mark, but some­how it eluded him and pe­tered out for a goal kick.

A few min­utes later it was Den­nis who came close, he cush­ioned the ball down with his chest and caught a sweetly struck vol­ley that looked to be head­ing for the top left cor­ner, but Rus­sell was alert enough to hang onto it.

The Silk­men came into this game on the back of con­sec­u­tive draws against Lin­coln and Al­trin­cham, and this re­sult now sees them fall 14 points below fifth placed Brain­tree in the play off places.

“We were poor but hav­ing said that I don’t think they had a shot on our goal, but our per­for­mance was still below par,” said boss John Askey.

“There wasn’t enough com­mit­ment, we had the best chances of the game but we couldn’t con­vert them, af­ter play­ing like that we didn’t de­serve any­thing more than a point.”

“We con­cen­trated on our­selves, we knew about Bore­ham Wood’s threat, they’ve been strug­gling for goals, but to­day was about our­selves and try­ing to cre­ate chances. For some rea­son it was lack­lus­tre, one or two had a

‘For some rea­son it was lack­lus­tre, one or two had a right go but oth­ers didn’t’

right go but some oth­ers didn’t.”

The ac­tion livened up at the start of the se­cond half as Bore­ham Wood looked to press for­ward, a cor­ner crossed into the back post was met by Wood de­fender Clo­vis Kamdjo but he couldn’t di­rect it goal wards.

Macc then saw one of the best chances of the game go beg­ging, Whi­taker was in acres of space on the left, he found Den­nis mak­ing a surg­ing run into the box, the for­ward man­aged to get his shot off with his left foot but he saw it fly inches wide of the far post.

Soon af­ter, it was the home side’s turn to go close, with just over an hour gone, Mo­rias won the ball in the air and knocked it down to­wards Harry White who amaz- in­gly put the ball hide and wide from just a few yards out.

Bore­ham Wood held strong go­ing into the last few min­utes of the game, Den­nis and Danny White­head saw a cou­ple of half chances go wide of the mark and the game ended with both de­fences seem­ingly con­tent.

The draw leaves the Silk­men with­out a win in the league since the 1-0 win at Tran­mere on the 2nd Jan­uary, and the Macc sup­port­ers will be left feel­ing ag­grieved again that their side have failed to pick up all three points.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Macc de­fender Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Sh­wan Jalal leaps high­est to claim a set-piece from Bore­ham Wood dur­ing Satur­day’s goal­less draw

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