Re­silient Rovers hang on for draw

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -


MAC­CLES­FIELD got 2019 off to an un­beaten start af­ter Tran­mere Rovers held the Silk­men to a 1-1 draw at the Moss Rose.

Ex-Mac­cles­field striker Con­nor Jennings broke the dead­lock in the first-half for Rovers but the vi­brant Koby Arthur tapped home the equaliser just be­fore half-time in an im­pres­sive dis­play from the winger.

The sec­ond-half was a tightly con­tested af­fair but no­body could add to the score-line de­spite both sides pos­ing threats through­out the ninety min­utes.

Sol Camp­bell made one change from the side that were beaten by Carlisle United on Satur­day. Nathan Cameron missed out and Jamie Grimes filled the space va­cated by the cen­tre-half.

Last year, the Silk­men pulled away from Tran­mere to win the Na­tional League in a tense ti­tle race and this clash be­tween the two pro­moted sides started in a sim­i­lar fash­ion.

James Nor­wood had the first chance of the game on five min­utes when he twisted and turned be­fore un­leash­ing a shot to­wards goal, which Kieran O’Hara was equal to.

Af­ter the 10-minute mark, the two teams started to set­tle into the game. O’Hara had to be alert to stop the vis­i­tor’s Jay Har­ris and Jake Caprice from fash­ion­ing chances. Whereas, up at the other end of the pitch Tran­mere’s back-line also stood firm to clear the dan­ger caused by Cal­lum May­cock and Fi­acre Kelle­her.

Although, it was Rovers who broke the dead­lock. Con­nor Jennings found the ball at the edge of the box and his low drive found its way into the bot­tom-right cor­ner with a lit­tle help from the post on the way in.

How­ever, Macc were not be­hind for long. Three min­utes from the in­ter­val, Ryan Lloyd’s fan­tas­tic vi­sion helped him pick out Koby Arthur un­marked at the back post and af­ter the winger dodged a last-ditch chal­lenge from a Tran­mere de­fender, he poked home the equaliser and made sure it was all square at the break.

Sol Camp­bell tin­kered with his side at the break, bring­ing Miles Welch-Hayes on for James Pear­son and he didn’t have to wait long to be in­volved in the thick of the ac­tion.

Just af­ter the re-start Nor­wood came close again for the vis­i­tors af­ter he shot over from a tight an­gle whereas from fur­ther out, Jay Har­ris’ long-range ef­fort was de­flected be­hind for a cor­ner by Kelle­her just min­utes af­ter,

Af­ter a slow start, Macc be­gan to grow into the game. Goalscorer Arthur came close again on the hour mark but a de­ter­mined Tran­mere de­fence blocked his shot. Then, three min­utes later, May­cock tried his luck but his vol­ley was sent over the cross­bar.

Macc con­tin­ued to knock on Tran­mere’s door and fif­teen min­utes from time they cre­ated the best chance of the game.

Ryan Lloyd once again showed his class. He won the ball in mid­field be­fore play­ing an­other sump­tu­ous ball be­hind the Rovers’ de­fence to Scott Wilson. How­ever, the striker couldn’t di­rect his shot on tar­get and his ef­fort trick­led wide of the post.

In the last ten min­utes of the ninety both goal­keep­ers were called into ac­tion once again. Firstly, Scott Davies col­lected a Michael Rose free-kick five min­utes from time, whereas Kieran O’Hara col­lected a Jake Caprice long-range ef­fort.

Mac­cles­field pushed for a win­ner, but Sol Camp­bell’s men saw a re­silient Tran­mere de­fence stand firm.


O’Hara, Fitz­patrick, Kelle­her, Grimes, Marsh, Wilson, Lloyd, May­cock, Pear­son ( Welch-Hayes 45’), Arthur (Napa 86’), Rose. Subs Not Used: Hodgkiss, Lowe, Vin­centi, Whi­taker, Idem

Jan Kruger

Koby Arthur equalised for Macc

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