MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 GRIMSBY TOWN 0
DATE: Saturday 28th November 2009 | COMPETITION: Coca-Cola League Two | VENUE: Moss Rose | ATT: 1409
THE WOODWORK twice denied Neil Woods’ Grimsby Town side the three points from their trip to Macclesfield Town in late-November.
Michael Coulson and Adam Proudlock were the unlucky parties as the Mariners created a host of chances in Cheshire.
There was a start for new loan signing Ben Wright from Peterborough and he was involved early on as Woods’ side started on the front foot. The big striker turned neatly on the left and crossed for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who unfortunately missed his kick. The Ivorian then bundled the ball home at the second attempt from close range but, in doing so, had fouled a Silkmen defender.
Woods’ side were spraying the ball around the park well and Michael Leary and Peter Sweeney both tested home stopper Jonathan Brain with long-range drives.
The Silkmen gradually worked their way into the game though and were the first side to hit the woodwork when Colin Daniel’s left-foot free kick cannoned off the post from 25 yards midway through the half.
They came even closer minutes later when the dangerous Hamza Bencherif headed a corner goalwards, only for Town ‘keeper Nick Colgan to stop the effort right on his goal-line.
It was then the Mariners’ turn to rue their luck as Coulson cut in from the left and hammered a 30-yard drive against the bar; the ball then looping up and into the grateful arms on Brain.
Woods’ side started the second half brightly as well and had a golden opportunity to take the lead just before the hour marked. Damien McCrory nicked the ball off Shaun Brisley and played in Akpa Akpro. The front man only had Brain to beat but only succeeded in poking his effort wide of the far post.
Both teams had their chances in a frantic final quarter but it was the Mariners who came closest to breaking the deadlock with nine minutes left on the clock. The Silkmen failed to deal with a set piece and the ball eventually dropped for substitute Proudlock, who turned neatly but saw his shot come back off the post.