Point keeps bid
MACCLESFIELD Town kept their play-off chase alive with a tricky 1-1 draw to seasiders Torquay United in the National League.
Kingsley James’ sixth goal of the season put The Silkmen ahead before they were pegged back through Sean McGinty’s goal following sloppy marking at a second-half corner.
The draw at Plainmoor extends Macclesfield’s run of good form having now lost just once in eight games.
Despite having numerous chances, The Silkmen will be pleased with a draw as Torquay put in a great deal of fight to avoid dropping closer to the relegation zone.
There were two changes to the side that beat Forest Green 1-0 in their FA Tro- phy games last Saturday as Danny Whitehead and Anthony Dudley were replaced by debutant Luke Summerfield and club returnee loan signing, Connor Jennings.
Torquay United had won only two of the last nine games coming in to the fixture, just four points off the relegation zone but this was a well-earned, hard-fought draw without a doubt.
The first-half was extremely tense as both sides attempted to gain a foothold.
It was the home side who had the first real chance of the game as Town goalkeeper Scott Flinders’ attempted clearance fell at the feet of Torquay’s Luke Young. His effort from close to the centre circle, however, didn’t manage to overly test Finders as he scurried back to collect.
A bizarre moment was to follow as The Silkmen were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after Torquay goalkeeper Brendan Moore was penalised for taking longer than six seconds to release the ball as Connor Jennings lurked a little too close.
The resulting free-kick caused slight chaos in the box as Macc defender Mitchell Hancox’s effort was parried away by the impressive Moore.
Danny Whitaker almost had the dream goal as a knee-height ball into the area was met with a backheeled flick. The ball flashed past the post however, crushing any hope of an incredible goal.
Macclesfield’s increasing pressure was rewarded as half-time was looming. Whitaker turned provider and as his corner from the right was met by a scramble only for the ball to fall to Macc midfielder Kingsley James who smashed home via a deflection among a crowd of bodies.
The second-half began with the home side on the front foot as Town looked slack. And duly, the first real opportunity of the half fell to Torquay as Luke
Danny Whitaker provided the assist for Kingsley James’ goal