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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Grimsby Town

Charles Vernam's fine strike salvaged a point for Grimsby in a 1-1 draw at troubled Macclesfield.

Following doubt over whether the game would go ahead, both sides came into this Boxing Day fixture in wretched form.

But, after substitute Joe Ironside had put Macclesfield ahead from the spot, the Mariners rescued a draw through Vernam, who scored the visitors' first goal in seven games.

The first half contained few threats on either goal, Grimsby's best chance being fired wide by Max Wright after smart work by Vernam, while Macc captain Fiacre Kelleher headed a Jak McCourt free-kick over.

Macclesfield's Paddy Osadebe had the best chance of the half, latching onto a weak header by Harry Davis, but he fired wide with only keeper James McKeown to beat.

Three minutes after being brought on at half-time, Ironside was sent tumbling in the box by Davis and picked himself up to emphatically thump home the resulting penalty.

But the lead lasted no more than 10 minutes as Vernam produced a brilliant solo effort that ended with a firm finish into the bottom corner.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Evans
  • 25Cameron
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15HorsfallBooked at 75mins
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 4McCourt
  • 8HarrisBooked at 86mins
  • 23FitzpatrickBooked at 38minsSubstituted forIronsideat 45'minutes
  • 16O'KeeffeSubstituted forStephensat 67'minutes
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 20Osadebe

Substitutes

  • 9Ironside
  • 10Stephens
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 14Kirby
  • 18Blyth
  • 22Ntambwe

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2HendrieBooked at 45mins
  • 6Waterfall
  • 4DavisBooked at 83mins
  • 3GibsonSubstituted forPollockat 61'minutes
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forWhitehouseat 76'minutes
  • 15Clifton
  • 12Robson
  • 19WrightBooked at 54mins
  • 20OgbuSubstituted forRoseat 58'minutes
  • 18Vernam

Substitutes

  • 10Whitehouse
  • 14Rose
  • 17Cardwell
  • 22Hewitt
  • 23Russell
  • 25Pollock
  • 29Starbuck
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
1,991

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahkeem Rose.

Attempt blocked. Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Clifton.

Attempt saved. Ethan Robson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Ethan Robson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Booking

Harry Davis (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Davis (Grimsby Town).

Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Ethan Robson (Grimsby Town).

Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Cameron with a headed pass.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Joe Ironside.

Attempt blocked. Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Harry Davis.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Elliott Whitehouse replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Booking

Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jak McCourt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt saved. Luke Waterfall (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ethan Robson.

Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jak McCourt (Macclesfield Town).

Hand ball by Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ben Stephens replaces Corey O'Keeffe.

Attempt missed. Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Max Wright with a cross following a set piece situation.

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Matthew Pollock replaces Liam Gibson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Grimsby Town 1. Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahkeem Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ahkeem Rose replaces Moses Ogbu.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Luke Hendrie tries a through ball, but Moses Ogbu is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon23144543241946
2Exeter2312743225743
3Crewe22115639271238
4Colchester22107532201237
5Bradford2210752819937
6Forest Green2310762618837
7Cheltenham2299433181536
8Plymouth2110563122935
9Northampton2310583227535
10Port Vale2371062829-131
11Salford237882732-529
12Scunthorpe237793030028
13Cambridge237792727028
14Newport217771919028
15Walsall2376102130-927
16Crawley236893033-326
17Oldham226882431-726
18Leyton Orient2367103140-925
19Mansfield235993033-324
20Grimsby215792127-622
21Carlisle2357112035-1522
22Macclesfield2151062023-319
23Morecambe2346132042-2218
24Stevenage2221191427-1317
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