FC Halifax Town played out their first draw of the season at Moss Rose on Tuesday night as they drew 1-1 in a fiery contest with Macclesfield Town.
The opening 20 minutes of the game was a cagey and cautious affair, with neither side carving out any real openings. It was the away side who created the best chances in that time though, but Matt Pearson’s long-range efforts failed to find the target.
Halifax started to find their feet though, as Scott Boden and Ross Dyer began finding space in between the Macclesfield defensive lines. The ever present Matt Pearson forced a good save from the Macclesfield keeper on 35 minutes, with his turning shot on the edge of the box heading for the bottom corner.
The two best chances of the half came in stoppage time though. A shot by Waide Fairhurst stung the palms of Matt Glennon and the resulting corner was met on the head by Paul Lewis, who’s bullet header flew narrowly wide of Glennon’s left post.
The second half started much the same as the first, and it was Matt Pearson once again who shrugged off the defender but saw his shot trickle wide of the goal.
The breakthrough finally came on 51 minutes though, after substitute Jamie Jackson’s shot inside the box was parried by Taylor, and former Macclesfield player Scott Boden was there to tap in the easiest of goals for his fourth of the season.
The lead for the temporary league leaders didn’t last long though. Just five minutes later, Macclesfield equalised through Arthur Gnahoua after he powered his way into the Halifax penalty area and beat Glennon with a well placed shot into the bottom corner.
Both sides were now pushing for a winner and Halifax substitute Adam Smith nearly made an instant impression as his 25-yard drive was superbly tipped wide by Taylor.
Neither side were able to find a winner but Halifax were denied a dramatic stoppage time goal. Marc Roberts had the ball in the back of the net from a corner, only to see the linesman raise his flag for a foul on Macclesfield keeper Rhys Taylor.
Halifax will want to get back to winning ways when they travel to Forest Green on Saturday.