Date: 29th August 2010 at 10:10pm
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Just 36 miles separate the Silkmen and Chesterfield geographically, yet the financial gulf dwarfs the Pennines. But as any player will tell you these local affairs in front of a decent crowd are great levellers.

The Line-ups????..

After a disappointing result against Accy, Maccs manager Gary Simpson sent the Silkmen out with one of those fear of god and the feel of the rod speeches. Izak Reid, Colin Daniel and Ross Draper were all given starts to shake off a 0-3 defeat the previous week

(G) 1 Veiga
(D) 2 Reid 5 Brown 6 Morgan 3 Tremarco
(M) 15 Bolland 20 Hamshaw 11 Daniel 8 Draper
(F) 9 Sinclair 23 Barnett

Chesterfield featured ex Silkmen Tommy Lee and Danny Whitaker in their side along with Jack Lester and Davies up front plus Mattis and Whitaker who had bagged 6 between them from midfield.

(G) 1 Lee
(D) 6 Ford 16 Breckin 12 Griffiths 23 Hunt
(M) 11 Mattis 7 Allott 10 Whitaker 25 Talbot
(F) 9 Davies 14 Lester

To the game ?????

They`ve spent enough cash to inspire their crooked spire to straighten itself over the summer have Chesterfield. Head Chef Sheridan has all the ingredients, a new ground, a cast of thousands and a budget three to four times that of Maccs. Yet the points would be halved after Emile Sinclair converted Tremarco`s enticing daisy cutter to send the faithful home happy.

The Silkmen forced the early chances with a Barnett header and a Hamshaw freekick failing to really trouble Tommy Lee. Allott then fired one straight down Veiga`s throat for the Spireites and Lester headed over, when he should have done better. Time is the enemy Jack mind you I bet yours is a pension to be prized.

In truth there were few chances in a keenly contested first half although Maccs got out of jail when Draper played a careless cross field ball that left us wide open. Whitaker collected it in his stride ran unopposed before unleashing a curling drive just wide.

Just before the break The Silkmen wove a chance when Barnett headed on, Hamshaw got beyond; only to be denied by the legs of Tommy Lee, but alas young Daniel could not quite punish the rebound.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half saw the continuation of the somewhat shot shy saga until Sinclair awoke the statisticians. Cutting inside he sent a glorious drive two foot high and wide of the top right hand corner as the main stand snores ceased.

Alas it woke the visitors as Morgan replaced Lester who promptly conjured a chance that forced Veiga to palm away. The poacher then turner provider with Talbot only denied when Veiga bravely went to ground to pick his pocket at the expense of a throw. The set piece found Whitaker who miscued across goal to Davies, who smashed home from point blank range at the far post.

The Spireites almost scored again when Davies sent an excoset two foot high and wide as it whistled through the wind. Veiga again earned his corn diving low to deny Talbot. With a second seemingly inevitable the Silkmen were level. Bolland sent a slide rule ball out wide, Tremarco charged down the flank and Sinclair was there to ensure honours were even.

Macclesfield Town 1 – 1 Chesterfield
Stadium: The Moss Rose
Attendance: 2176
Match Time: August 28, 2010, 15:00 BST
Referee P Gibbs

Macclesfield Emile Sinclair (74)
Chesterfield Craig Davies (66)

Spireites – Dwayne Mattis (41) Craig Davies (90)

Macclesfield Town / Chesterfield
Shots (on Goal) 11(5) 9(4)
Fouls 10 16
Corner Kicks 5 2
Offsides 3 3
Time of Possession 50% 50%
Yellow Cards 0 2
Red Cards 0 0
Saves 2 6

Simmo says
‘After they scored we could have crumbled but the lads held firm and even though they got a lot of stick for last week, they stood up to the pressure and came back well. We might not have the best players in this division but we’ve certainly got some spirit and with a lot of hard work and support I’m sure they will become finished articles. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we deserved to win the game, but I’m just delighted that we didn’t get beaten and that from now on we can put together some better performances and start getting the results we deserve.’