Chances go beg­ging in Bar­row loss

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town came up short against one of their Na­tional League play-off ri­vals af­ter a nar­row de­feat against Bar­row.

Richard Ben­nett got the win­ner from the penalty spot for the visi­tors just af­ter the hour mark to earn them all three points at the Moss Rose, de­spite also hav­ing Akil Wright sent off in the game.

While the Silk­men may have come up short, man­ager John Askey felt his play­ers gave ev­ery­thing that they had.

“We dom­i­nated the game more or less from start to fin­ish, and cre­ated a lot of chances,” he said.

“The only thing I can crit­i­cise the play­ers for is not putting the ball in the back of the net, but apart from that you can’t ask for any more.

“We’ve been strug­gling to hit the back of the net, and all we can do is keep work­ing, keep cre­at­ing the chances and even­tu­ally they’ll go in.

“Chris Hol­royd had an­other good chance again, while Andy Ha­worth had three very good chances. “Con­nor Jen­nings has been un­lucky with the header, and I’m sure there’s other chances but you just come away re­ally frus­trated af­ter games like that.

“I bet that Bar­row can’t be­lieve it, but if we keep on play­ing like that then we’ve still got a chance of a play-off place.”

Mac­cles­field played well in the first half of the match, with the likes of Danny Whi­taker, Kings­ley James and Chris Hol­royd all threat­en­ing.

The Silk­men had to make a change just be­fore the break when Andy Halls went off, re­placed by John McCombe.

Bar­row were then re­duced to 10 men at the start of the sec­ond half when Wright made a late chal­lenge on David Fitz­patrick and re­ceived his sec­ond yel­low card.

De­spite be­ing a man short, Bar­row were given a good chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty a few mo­ments later.

It came in controversial fash­ion af­ter the ref­eree judged Hol­royd to have hand­balled in the box.

The Mac­cles­field play­ers protested, but Ben­nett stepped up and smashed it past Scott Flin­ders to make it 1-0 to the visi­tors.

Askey’s men thought they had lev­elled things up in­stantly when Hol­royd had the ball in the net, but the lines­man ruled it out for offside as the for­ward at­tempted to make amends for con­ced­ing the penalty.

Try as they might, Macc couldn’t find a late equaliser.

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