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