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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Crawley Town

A stunning strike from Bez Lubala rescued a point for Crawley in a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield.

The two sides - level on points in League Two before kick-off - were evenly matched, with neither able to make a compelling case for deserving the three points.

The first half had been lively enough but chances were few and far between, with Theo Archibald's second-minute effort for Macc and Nathan Ferguson's rising effort on 43 minutes for the visitors bookending the opening period.

In between came the Silkmen's goal, bundled in by centre-back Theo Vassell after the visitors struggled to clear Connor Kirby's corner.

Crawley struggled to break down the stout Macc defence in the second half, and had been reduced to pot-shots from distance.

But when they needed a moment of quality, Lubala provided it, sending a 25-yard free-kick beyond goalkeeper Owen Evans and inside the top corner.

Crawley's Ollie Palmer skewed a close-range chance wide after Evans parried a shot into his path but, perhaps rightly, it ended honours even.

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Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Evans
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 5KelleherBooked at 50mins
  • 6Vassell
  • 11ArchibaldBooked at 90mins
  • 14Kirby
  • 8HarrisBooked at 80mins
  • 16O'KeeffeSubstituted forHorsfallat 79'minutes
  • 20Osadebe
  • 10StephensBooked at 22minsSubstituted forGnahouaat 69'minutes
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forGomisat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Clarke
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 15Horsfall
  • 19Gomis
  • 22Ntambwe

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 18SesayBooked at 34minsSubstituted forYoungat 76'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 3DohertyBooked at 17mins
  • 21BulmanBooked at 90mins
  • 28Camara
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12FergusonSubstituted forEnigbokan-Bloomfieldat 45'minutes
  • 30Lubala
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 2Young
  • 14Francomb
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 16Enigbokan-Bloomfield
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 26Galach
  • 35Luyambula
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
1,788

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Crawley Town 1.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Emmanuel Osadebe tries a through ball, but Virgil Gomis is caught offside.

Booking

Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Josh Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Virgil Gomis replaces Joe Ironside.

Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Tom Dallison.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Doherty with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Osadebe (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Theo Vassell (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arthur Gnahoua.

Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ironside (Macclesfield Town).

Booking

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Fraser Horsfall replaces Corey O'Keeffe.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Doherty.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lewis Young replaces David Sesay.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Arthur Gnahoua tries a through ball, but Joe Ironside is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Mason Bloomfield (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece Grego-Cox.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Crawley Town 1. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Hand ball by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Doherty with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Arthur Gnahoua replaces Ben Stephens.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dannie Bulman.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter7520104617
2Newport743072515
3Crewe750297215
4Swindon7421148614
5Forest Green741265113
6Cheltenham7322127511
7Grimsby7322139411
8Plymouth7322128411
9Macclesfield732296311
10Bradford732285311
11Crawley7322119211
12Mansfield723210829
13Colchester72326609
14Port Vale7232810-29
15Salford7151101008
16Cambridge722367-18
17Leyton Orient7223812-48
18Northampton721478-17
19Carlisle7214813-57
20Morecambe7133812-46
21Walsall713338-56
22Oldham7124510-55
23Stevenage7034410-63
24Scunthorpe7016515-101
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