Silk­men send Hal­i­fax down at The Shay


by John McCombe.

How­ever, de­spite hold­ing on for much of the first half, Hal­i­fax broke the dead­lock right on the stroke of half-time as Richard Peniket cut in­side from the right and played in McManus who slot­ted the ball past Brana­gan.

Macc came out af­ter the in­ter­val look­ing to get the equaliser and de­fender Neill Byrne came close af­ter 47 min­utes with a header, but he couldn’t get enough power be­hind it.

Hal­i­fax looked to put the game out of reach and chances fell thick and fast be­tween the 50th and 60th min­utes, firstly a dou­ble save from Brana­gan de­nied Con­nor Hughes and Jor­dan Bur­row, be­fore Josh Mac­Don­ald had an ef­fort saved by the Mac­cles­field keeper.

Ritchie’s saves were vi­tal, as in the 62nd minute the Silk­men drew level and it was that man Rowe who was on the end of a Samp­son flick be­fore man­ag­ing to beat Sa­muel John­son to make it 1-1.

The goal changed the mo­men­tum in the game and Mac­cles­field looked to go in front and a chance fell to Den­nis in the 66th minute, but it was well saved by John­son.

Mo­ments later in the 68th minute, Rowe al­most dou­bled his tally and put Macc 2-1 up, as an ef­fort from range hit the post.

The Shay­men then soaked up the pres­sure from Macc dur­ing the fi­nal 20 min­utes of the game and had their hearts in their mouths when Danny Whi­taker curled wide late on.

With four min­utes of ad­di­tional time added on and with Hal­i­fax star­ing rel­e­ga­tion in the face, sub­sti­tute Danny Hat­ter­s­ley hit the post and Hal­i­fax couldn’t put in the re­bound, con­demn­ing them to rel­e­ga­tion to the Na­tional League North.

The draw means that the Silk­men end the sea­son with just one de­feat in their fi­nal eleven games, with that com­ing against league cham­pi­ons Chel­tenham Town.

Af­ter ini­tially tar­get­ing pro­mo­tion, it turned out to be a tame end to the sea­son for Macc, with the team fin­ish­ing 14 points adrift of the play-off places.

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