League closes in
MACCLESFIELD Town’s league season came to an end on Saturday with the team held to a goalless draw at home to Sutton United.
Neither side could make the breakthrough during the 90 minutes of the game at the Moss Rose, meaning they had to settle for a point apiece.
The Silkmen have now finished the league campaign in ninth place after the draw, having taken 68 points from their 46 games this season.
Macclesfield manager John Askey believes it has been a good season for his team, but admits the clash against Sutton wasn’t a great game to end with.
“It wasn’t a classic. It was a classic end of season game in that there wasn’t a lot of action,” he said.
“It’s typical of how the season has gone in that the referee was absolutely dire, but I’m pleased that we’ve had a good season.
“We now finish it off with a trip to Wembley so hopefully everybody can enjoy it and we can get a win so that it gives the town a lift and the club a lift.”
The Silkmen started the game against Sutton quite brightly and went close during the opening stages when Luke Summerfield’s free-kick went inches over the crossbar.
Sutton threatened at the other end when Kieron Cadogan tried his luck at close range, but he was denied by Macc goalkeeper Scott Flinders.
Cadogan tried to get the better of Flinders one minute later when he attempted a scissor kick, but once again it was a comfortable save for the Silkmen stopper.
It had been a fast-paced opening 10 minutes, but the action slowed down from that point onwards, with chances limited.
Adam May hit a tame effort towards goal for Sutton midway through the half, while Craig Eastmond then fired wide just before the interval.
It remained goalless as the second half got underway, with Sutton substitute Jack Jebb almost giving the visitors the lead as he shot just past the far post.
Sutton had been the better side after Macclesfield’s decent start to the game, and they tested Flinders once again when Craig Dundas forced him into a save.
Macclesfield were still dangerous at the other end though, as James Thorne’s curling effort hit the crossbar and bounced out of play.
That attempt gave Macc a boost and they soon began to dictate play, controlling the majority of the action for the remainder of the half.
They struggled to create many clear-cut chances though, and Jebb tried to make them pay when his long-range volley went just over the bar.
Chris Holroyd almost got a late winner for the hosts when he had an effort in injury time, but the ball went well wide and in the end the teams had to settle for a point each.
The 0-0 draw brings the curtain down on Macclesfield’s league campaign, with the team now turning their attention to their FA
‘It’s typical of how the season’s gone that the referee was absolutely dire’
Trophy final against York City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 21 May.
Flinders; Halls, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick; Thorne (Hancox, 72’), Whitehead, Summerfield (James, 45’), Norburn (Browne, 57’); Holroyd, Dudley. Subs not used: Ross, McCombe.
Rhys Browne is brought down against Sutton United
Andy Halls delivers the ball
Danny Whitehead and Adam May look to attack the Sutton United rearguard