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Match Report


Posted Fri 24 Oct 14 at 20:20 PM

Our first ever draw at Moss Rose means we will have to replay this FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round tie at the Racecourse on Tuesday night (7.45pm). 

Macclesfield took lead in the first half through Waide Fairhurst, but Connor Jennings replied for the Dragons after the break, to force a second game. 

Not a great deal happened in the early exchanges, although Macclesfield were still looking confident despite a large number of changes to their line-up. 

A Wrexham free kick, deep in the Macc half on 11 minutes, led to Jennings‘ cross being deflected behind five in rushing red shirts just six-yards out. 

Andy Halls was booked on 13 minutes, when he clattered into the back of Wes York on the half way line and collected his sixth caution of the season. 

On 21 minutes, Clarke slide a great ball through for Jennings to beat the offside trap, but the striker lost the ball in his laces, he did recover, but the defenders were then back, so he laid off for York to cross deep, but carried out of play at the back post. 

Shortly afterwards a slip at the back allowed Fairhurst in behind the Wrexham defence, but his shot was too high to worry Andy Coughlin. 

Macc got behind us again on 28 minutes and this time they did find the net, although with more than a bit of good fortune. 

Fairhurst it was who found the ball at his feet 18 yards out and his low effort came off the legs of Manny Smith, who had thrown himself in front of the shot, leaving keeper Coughlin stranded and the Silkmen with the lead. 

Wrexham looked to respond and after more good work on the wing, Neil Ashton got in on the left. With the keeper in his sights, he opted to square for Bishop, but it was behind the striker and carried on across to Durrell 15 yards out. 

The winger also had a clear view of Taylor’s goal, but instead of unleashing a shot, he tried to cut inside and the opportunity was lost. 

On 45 minutes, Clarke shot from distance and keeper Rhys Taylor got the faintest of touches to turn it onto post. The ball came back into play and Bishop duly netted on follow up - but a linesman's flag denied him. 

Into the second half and Jennings won the ball in the home half, allowing Durrell to take it forward before laying off for Clarke to try his luck from 30 yards, but this time it was wide of the mark, although he was willing to chance his arm. 

On the hour, a Jennings was in the action again and his cross from the right wing saw Bishop rise highest at the near post, but with the keeper struggling, his header drifted wide. 

Shortly after, a Durrell corner was in dropped into the six-yard box, headed out to Ashton, but his shot was only blocked for another corner.

A half clearance from the Macc defence sat up invitingly for Clarke and his strike, from outside the box, was not far wide of the right hand post, with Taylor scrambling to get close. 

The equaliser came on 66 minutes and started at the back as Smith took a short goal kick from Coughlin, his long pass down field was headed inside by Durrell, before Bishop touched on for Jennings in the middle of the Macc half of the pitch. 

The former Moss Rose striker looked up and after a few strides unleashed a low effort that arrowed into the bottom corner of Taylor's net, clipping the inside of the left hand upright

Wrexham were having the better of possession in the second period, but getting their noses in front was still proving difficult.

York won a corner on 73 minutes with a darting run down the right wing and from his cross, Bishop headed just over, with some power in his effort. 

As the minutes ran down, we conceded a corner while trying to usher the ball out, When the cross came in Paul Lewis won the header, but his effort was always wide of the near post and struck one of the net supports.

Into five minutes of added time and Jennings picked up his fifth booking of the season, for a rash tackle on the halfway line, which means he will miss the next match.

Last action of the match came from a Durrell free kick that Taylor could only parried away as he dive to his left, the ball was palmed onto the legs of Blaine Hudson, but the rebound bounced wide of the back post!

Macclesfield Town:
 Taylor, Halls, Barrow, Cowan, Grant, Turnball, Lewis, Holroyd, Fairhurst, Moke (Gnahoua 63), Gonzalez (Bailey 74). 
Subs: Rouse, Thomas, Branagan, Lavelle-Moore, Sodje. 

Wrexham: Coughlin, Carrington, Smith, Hudson, Ashton; Durrell, Clarke, Harris, York (Hunt 88); Bishop, Jennings. 
Subs: Gray, White, Tomassen, Evans, Keates, Rushton.  

Referee: Martin Coy (Co Durham)
Attendance: 1,876
Away: 552

Macclesfield: Halls (13, foul), Grant (32, foul), Holroyd (75, foul)
Wrexham: Hudson (32, foul), Bishop (64, foul), Jennings (90, foul)

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