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Salford City FC
1
Chris Neal
3
Ibou Touray
4
Oscar Threlkeld
7
Luke Armstrong

Asante 62'

8
Lois Maynard
9
Adam Rooney (c)
15
Cameron Burgess
17
Richie Towell

Lloyd 62'

18
Danny Whitehead
Yellow card for Danny Whitehead
23
Nathan Pond
Yellow card for Nathan Pond
32
Jake Jervis
Macclesfield Town
1
Owen Evans
Yellow card for Owen Evans
4
Jak McCourt
Yellow card for Jak McCourt
5
Fiacre Kelleher (c)
7
Arthur Gnahoua

Blyth 90+4'

8
Jay Harris
10
Ben Stephens

Osadebe 62'

12
Miles Welch-Hayes
14
Connor Kirby
15
Fraser Horsfall
23
David Fitzpatrick
25
Nathan Cameron
Substitutes
12
Kyle Letheren
5
Liam Hogan
6
Carl Piergianni
10
Danny Lloyd
22
Dan Jones
28
Brandon Thomas-Asante
34
Alex Doyle
Substitutes
13
Reice Charles-Cook
9
Joe Ironside
16
Corey O'Keeffe
18
Jacob Blyth
20
Emmanuel Osadebe
22
Brice Ntambwe
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Head Coach - Daryl McMahon
Match Officals
Referee - Matthew Donohue
Assistant Referee - Philip Dermott
Assistant Referee - Nik Barnard
Fourth Official - Billy Smallwood

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Match
Report

”Dour” would just about sum up the opening 60 minutes of this afternoon’s match at The Peninsula Stadium. Plenty of endeavour, not too much craft and two sides cancelling each other out would be equally accurate. A shrewd double substitution changed the pattern of the game yet despite creating a number of late chances The Ammies were unable to fashion the winner that by the end of the proceedings they would have deserved.

There were changes from the side that exited The FA Cup at Burton Albion on Tuesday evening, with the flat back four returning. Carl Piergianni and Liam Hogan dropped down to the bench, with Nathan Pond (returning from successful international duty with Montserrat) slotting into the central defensive berth alongside Cameron Burgess. Oscar Threlkeld swapped his midfield place for the right-back position today, with Scott Wiseman missing out. No Joey Jones, so Danny Whitehead was restored to midfield with Lois Maynard back in the starting XI too.

The Ammies were looking for a first home league win since Cambridge United were beaten on 12th October, but it soon became obvious that this would not be straightforward task. The opening quarter of the game would see both sides put together a handful of promising build-ups but they all came to an end without a chance being created.

Lots of huff and puff without any end product, and we had to wait until the 24th minute for a chance worthy of the name. It went to The Silkmen as a counter-attack gave Connor Kirby the opportunity to get into the box from the left before hitting a low shot wide of the far post.

The Ammies responded with an opening of their own 4 minutes later, as Ibou Touray whipped in a cross from the left. Adam Rooney got in a flick-header that dropped over the bar to land on the roof of the net.

Salford defender Pond was yellow-carded on the half-hour, either for a foul on Ben Stephens or for kicking the ball away after the free-kick had been awarded. The home side would exert what pressure the rest of the half would see, although in truth it didn’t amount to much. A corner was scrambled away by the Macclesfield defence, a Jervis free-kick from the left was touched wide by the stretching Pond and the Luton loanee tried a shot that failed to trouble Town keeper Owen Evans. Late on the busy Jervis swung in another cross from the left, with Rooney heading wide.

Modest action to end a quiet half and the teams made their way to the dressing rooms without a goal being scored.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 0 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0

There was an early indication that the second half might provide more in the way of goalmouth incident. Salford leading scorer Rooney connected with a nicely struck volley that slapped off the top of the crossbar, although the assistant’s raised flag would have ruled a goal out anyway.

The Ammies had some attacking possession as the hour mark approached but were unable to find a way through Macclesfield’s well-drilled defence. In fact, the first clear-cut opening went to the visitors and came along in the 59th minute. Jak McCourt picked up possession just inside the Salford half before advancing to hit a curling shot that had Chris Neal stretching low to his left, pushing the ball behind. The corner came to nothing, but that was the first occasion that either keeper had been properly tested so far.

Salford made a couple of substitutions in the 62nd minute, with Danny Lloyd and Brandon Asante replacing Richie Towell and Luke Armstrong. Those changes pepped up the home side's attacking options and for the first time during the afternoon a home goal was soon in the air.

Just a couple of minutes after the double-substitution Threlkeld’s right-flank run was followed by a cross that seemed destined to drop for Lloyd until Nathan Cameron stretched to glance the ball away.

The game began to open up and on 69 minutes Rooney nodded down for Lloyd to spray a first-time ball out to Touray on the left. The curling cross was a good one, but a Macclesfield head was first to it and Touray’s attempts to win back possession ended with a free-kick being conceded.

With 19 minutes left Salford’s Whitehead & Macc’s McCourt were booked after a spot of pushing and shoving as tempers began to fray a little.

The home side were getting on top but still struggling to find a way through to goal. Lloyd did tremendously well to catch and control a ball rolling towards the left-hand corner flag, then even better to skip past a covering defender as he headed back inside. Unfortunately the cross was overhit, but the balance of the game was still tipping in Salford's favour.

The Ammies won a free-kick and a corner just before very nearly taking an 80th minute lead. Lloyd put in a great delivery from the left, with Maynard getting up high to glance a header that came off the far post before being scrambled to safety. Seconds later Lloyd’s pass found Asante who slid a low return ball into the box, with Fiocre Kelleher getting there just in time.

Salford were piling on the pressure and after Jay Harris’ mis-kick, Lloyd had a sight of goal from the edge of the box. The shot was firmly struck, moving in the air and Town keeper Evans produced an impressive save, acrobatically pushing the ball away to his left.

Macclesfield weren’t letting their opponents have it all their own way and 7 minutes from time substitute Emmanuel Osadebe broke at speed on the left. The low cross that followed almost caught the Ammies out, flashing across the face of goal with Kirby, sliding in, bare inches away from providing a decisive touch.

End-to-end stuff of the sort that had been conspicuous by its absence from the first hour’s play.

With 5 minutes left Pond’s pass to the left picked out Touray whose cross found its way to Lloyd, 12 yards out. The angled drive seemed to hit a defensive arm, but the referee waved away claims for a penalty and Touray’s follow-up effort whistled wide of the angle of post and bar.

Whitehead was the next to test Macc’s defence, advancing from deep on a run before lining up a shot. Town skipper Kelleher had read the danger, getting in a sliding block and Jervis’ effort from 20 yards and right-of-centre cleared the crossbar.

Former Macclesfield midfielder Whitehead was at it again soon afterwards, driving forward again before dropping a perfectly judged pass for Asante inside the area, on the left. It was a chance, but the former MK Don could only drill a tame, low shot straight at Evans.

The Ammies continued to press as the game entered time added on. Evans was booked for dawdling with a free-kick to take - Macclesfield wanted to hold on to their point.

An Asante flick header played Lloyd into more space on the left and he aimed another cross to the near post, looking for Asante who had continued his run. Once again Kelleher got to it first, at the expense of a corner. From that set-piece Pond went down under a challenge, but once again the referee decided that no foul had taken place.

Lots of late excitement but time had run out for Salford City and they had to settle for a point when they had done enough to deserve all three.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 0 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0

A disappointing end to a frustrating week for Salford City, with a single point taken from two home league games and an exit from The FA Cup. The first hour or so of today’s game was a pretty turgid affair but The Ammies perked up as the second half progressed and on another afternoon might have run in a couple of late goals.

Macclesfield defied their off-field problems to put in a professional performance and will look back on a couple of incidents when they could have pinched a win. That would have been very harsh on the home side, but as we all know, football can be a less than fair game.
On the bright side, this was a clean sheet after conceding 7 goals in 2 games and chances started to flow as the game drew to a close.

That FA Cup defeat means we have a blank Saturday next week, with Wolves U21s visiting The Peninsula Stadium for an EFL Trophy tie on 3rd December. After that come games against Colchester, Bradford and Exeter – all top 10 sides – as the run in to a busy Christmas and New Year period begins.

Attendance 2,484 (including 661 from Macclesfield Town

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