Date: 25th August 2007 at 8:19pm
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Another draw for the Silkmen as Martin Gritton’s strike was cancelled out.

The Silkmen started brightly and played some excellent football without the cutting edge.

But Grimsby took more control of the game in the later stages of the half and Tommy Lee twice had to be on his toes to come off his line to make good blocks.

Former Silkman Isiah Rankin almost opened the scoring with the last kick of the half, but slammed his shot off the post.

The second half again saw Macc starting well and Martin Gritton also found the post with a close range header from a wide angle.

He didn’t have to wait long to get on the scoresheet as the Grimsby defence seemed to stand and wait for the ball to go out of play, Green hooked it into the danger zone to give Gritton a simple tap-in.

Macc could have doubled their lead from a neat free-kick move which saw Levi Reid scampering around the wall with the ball and firing a powerful low drive just inches past the far post.

Danny Thomas was also causing problems jinking in from wide and playing low balls across goal, but they were repeatedly cut out.

The home side`s main threat came from set-pieces, and in particular, corners where they routinely played the ball to their towering defender to nod into the mixer. With the lack of height at the back, the Silkmen struggled to cope.

Tommy Lee had to make a good save onto the post before the home side used the height advantage to get their leveller. Andy Taylor getting a slight touch after Ryan Bennett headed Danny Boshell’s corner goalwards.

The Silkmen were on the defensive as Grimsby had plenty of dead ball chances, helped by the referee who also looked to ignore several fouls on Macc forwards.

But despite the pressure from the home side, and the bizarre timekeeping which saw two minutes of time added after more than 48 minutes had already been played, it was Macc who nearly won it at the death.

Franny Green latched on to a dangerous ball over the top only to be denied by a point-blank save.