Game number 19 of the 2014/15 season
With Halifax battling away with Barnet as early pace setters in the division, and Macclesfield looking to bounce back from a dreadful showing away at Chester, this always had potential to be a keenly contested game. Definitely one where I would have snapped your hand off for a point.
It was also nice to see a sizable following from an away team at the Moss Rose, after so far hosting Eastleigh and Braintree’s mini bus loads. Around 360 made the short journey over, which helped swell what would have otherwise been an embarrassing crowd. For some reason though there were several away fans who seemed to take it upon themselves to cause an issue by refusing to take a seat, this was exacerbated as over half of the away fans then refused to sit down. It was a completely unnecessary situation as over 40 seats lay unoccupied, one which was never resolved, and after a couple of idiots decided to jump on the pitch and make there own way to the terrace, it had to opened to all.
Seeing this unfold did create some ill feeling towards Halifax, and on the field their pretty basic style was also far from endearing. Despite a gulf in finance and some good players at his disposal, it seems that Neil Aspin has gone for a safety first, direct approach. It was pleasing to see that this didn’t fluster Macc, who battled well all over the park. They even survived the half-time Loss of skipper Paul Turnbull and a late injury to fellow centre midfielder Paul Lewis.
This character was emphasized further after Halifax had bundled in the opening goal; Boden reacting fastest after Taylor could only parry a cross come shot straight into his path a matter of four yards out. Macc came alive after this set back and through everything into a spirited and almost instantaneous leveler. Arthur Gnahoua, who caused the Shaymen all sorts of problems in the second half, cut across the box from a left-wing position to drill home a superb goal.
Halifax did look difficult to break down despite being on the back foot, and they absorbed a lot of Macclesfield pressure in the last 25 minutes. They could have headed back to Yorkshire will all three points, as Marc Roberts crashed in a header in the 92nd minute; only for the referees whistle to intervene. It looked pretty clear cut to most in the ground, as first Waterfall and then ‘keeper Taylor were clattered in to prior to the ball hitting the net. But this didn’t stop a furious reaction from Aspin, who berated all who listen until the final whistle.
Entertainment = 7/10
Again this may well have been one where my blue tinted glasses affected the enjoyment of the game. It is always nice to get something from teams that rile you up somewhat!