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Posted Fri 29 Mar 13 at 12:37 PM

Macken strike earns point at Moss Rose

Ian Bogie's side earned a hard fought point in the Cheshire 'derby' thanks to Jon Macken's first goal for the club. The veteran striker smashing home after good work from And Halls and Mark Cullen to level the scores after Matthew Barnes-Homer had put the home side in front just after the hour mark.

Both sides came out of the traps quickly with Lee Bullock clearing the danger as Jack Mackreth looked to have escaped down the right, whilst Macken created space to cross for Cullen, the striker's shot going just wide.

Alex Kenyon broke up play to create space for Bullock who found Halls wide on the right, the full back's cross being just too deep for Danny Whitehead. The home side forced the first corner of game with the Hatters defence clearing.

Sean Newton won a 50/50 challenge with Sam Wedgbury to set Whitehead free on the left, his shot going just past the post with Rhys Taylor beaten.  Sam Sheridan's poor pass then set Barnes-Homer free only for Keiran Charnock to halt the strikers progress with a superb tackle. 

Halls denied the home side the lead twice in quick succession, once with a great tackle to stop Mackreth who was through on goal and then heading a certain goal off the line from Morgan-Smith after Richard O'Donnell had saved the strikers initial effort.

Pressure was building on the Hatters with successive corners cleared by Kenyon and Jordan Fagbola, Thierry Audel scuffing a shot past the post from a knock down in the box. Ryan Jackson's cross headed wide by Barnes-Homer, a Mackreth cross cleared by Fagbola and a brilliant tackle by Whitehead to stop Mackreth as he broke into the County box as the Hatters held firm.

County made a late effort to take the lead going into the interval with Newton's free kick just over the bar, neat play down the left between Macken, Kenyon and Newton saw Cullen head wide. 

HT: Macclesfield Town 0 Stockport County 0 

The opening minutes of the second half saw Charnock bravely block a certain goal in the 6 yard box, Barnes-Homer flashing the loose ball over the bar, whilst O'Donnell made a brilliant save to deny Barnes-Homer before saving JP Kissock's follow up shot. Charnock suffering an injury in making the block had to be replaced by James Tunnicliffe.

More attacking play from the Silkmen saw Mackreth's shot going just wide after good build up play between Keiran Murtagh and Barnes-Homer.

In a rare attack from the Hatters, good play between Halls and Macken saw Cullen's header saved by Taylor, before the home side finally got the goal their attacking play deserved.

A cheap free kick out on the right was taken by Wedgbury who found Barnes-Homer free in the box to head home and give his side the lead. The lead should have been doubled within minutes as former County striker Amari Morgan-Smith headed over from a cross by Mackreth when well placed.

With the home side well on top O'Donnell saved well from Kissock, Barnes-Homer firing over from the resultant corner kick.

Macclesfield were made to pay for their missed chances as Andy Halls strode through the midfield with a run that took him into the box. Having looked as though he had lost control of the ball he somehow toe poked it to Cullen who in turn fed Macken. The striker who had not had a sniff of goal all game absolutely smashed the ball home to level the scores to the delight of over 2,000 County supporters behind the goal.

Both sides had late chances to clinch all three points, Whitehead's effort from 25 yards going well wide of the target. Bullock's shot from the edge of the box going over the bar, Cullen clearing the bar with an effort whilst substitute Wade Fairhurst lifted the ball over O'Donnell but wide of goal.

The Hatters looked for a late penalty as Macken's effort appeared to strike Pablo Mills' hand in the box, with the referee waving away appeals.

FT: Macclesfield Town 1 Stockport County 1 (Macken)

Starting XI: O'Donnell, Halls, Newton, Whitehead, Kenyon (Marshall), Sheridan (Schofield), Cullen, Fagbola, Macken, Charnock (Tunnicliffe), Bullock.

Subs: Ormson, Tunnicliffe, Nolan, Marshall, Schofield.

ATT: 4,027 (2,105)

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