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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Steve Williams levels for Macclesfield against Sheffield Wednesday.

Steve Williams's second-half equaliser for Conference Premier Macclesfield Town set up an FA Cup third-round replay at Sheffield Wednesday.

Joe Connor had a header cleared off the line for Town before Reda Johnson nodded the Championship side ahead.

Rhys Taylor made a string of fine saves for the hosts, denying Jose Semedo and Jeremy Helan either side of the break.

Chris Holroyd and Danny Whitaker both went close to levelling before Williams prodded home the equaliser.

Like Connor in the first half, Holroyd's header was cleared off the line by Liam Palmer.

Owls keeper Damian Martinez then saved well from a powerfully struck Whitaker effort from inside the box.

Macclesfield, the lowest ranked side in the third round, continued to pile forward in search of a lucrative leveller.

The Silkmen need £150,000 of investment to keep the club afloat and securing safe passage to the fourth round is worth more than £67,000.

Snatching an equaliser and holding on to force a replay at Hillsborough also guarantees a much needed financial boost.

Williams did enough to get a toe onto the end of a deep Paul Turnbull cross and steer the ball past Martinez.


Macclesfield manager John Askey told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Second half we came out a bit more confident and created chances, Sheffield Wednesday didn't really threaten I didn't think.

"I'm not saying that we were fortunate not to win it but I'm just glad we got the draw and that's as much as we could of asked for or dreamed of.

"When your centre half breaks through to score the equalising goal then its not what you expect but that's the FA Cup and I thought he (Steve Williams) was tremendous today as most of them were."

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We started very well, got our noses in front, deserved to be leading I thought, and then we didn't build on that.

"The disappointing thing is in the last 10 minutes we probably looked like we could've lost the game.

"It's the FA Cup. It always happens in the FA Cup - they run that little bit harder and close you down that little bit quicker."

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Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Taylor
  • 26Halls
  • 3Andrew
  • 23Whitaker
  • 12Williams
  • 2Connor
  • 7Mackreth
  • 6Turnbull
  • 19BodenSubstituted forMartinat 90+3'minutes
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forLewisat 64'minutes
  • 11Winn


  • 4Martin
  • 5Bolton
  • 10Kissock
  • 15Lewis
  • 20Branagan
  • 24Rowe
  • 25Kay

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martinez
  • 22Palmer
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 83mins
  • 6Semedo
  • 36Loovens
  • 32Llera
  • 18MaguireBooked at 84minsSubstituted forMaghomaat 87'minutes
  • 27McPhailSubstituted forMcCabeat 73'minutes
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 20Lee
  • 17HelanSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes


  • 1Kirkland
  • 10Maghoma
  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 19Mattock
  • 21Corry
  • 37Betra
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Carl Martin.

  4. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Carl Martin replaces Scott Boden.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Halls.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Peter Winn is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  10. Post update

    Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma replaces Chris Maguire.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Steve Williams.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Turnbull.

  17. Booking

    Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Back pass by Damián Martinez (Sheffield Wednesday).

  20. Post update

    (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.