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Posted Sat 23 Aug 14 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: MACCLESFIELD 0 HARRIERS 0

Unbeaten Harriers made it four straight clean sheets at the start of this season after bossing the largest parts of a draw at Macclesfield that they came far the closest to winning.

If Harriers raced out of the traps against Dartford this weekend, this one was a little slower to get started thanks to a competitive battle in the middle of the par - however just as the visitors needed some good early defending from Chey Dunkley to make key clearances, so too the Silkmen were indebted to goalkeeper Rhys Taylor whose fine early handling took charge of a good Marvin Johnson cross.

Midway through the first half, Luke Waterfall got up well to meet a Paul Turnbull free-kick for Macclesfield but his headed effort glanced wide with chances really at a premium.

The first real chance in front of goal for the visitors came with just ten minutes remaining in the first period and, after a neat throw-in routine saw Kyle Storer and Jared Hodgkiss combine to play in Craig Reid, the striker saw a well-struck shot well held by Taylor. 

Waterfall almost prodded his team in front on 40 minutes as Harriers failed to clear a corner with any real conviction but the ball deflected wide, Aman Verma then registering a chance up at the other end as his low effort drilled just off target.

Harriers started the second half much more strongly and dominated the early stages - forcing a succession of throws and corners, they came close as Reid drilled agonisingly off target from the tightest of angles with a firm effort - before Nathan Blissett's header was turned behind by Taylor.

It was a frantic start to the period and boss Gary Whild ensured the impetus stayed with his side as he made early changes with Reece Styche, Michael Gash and Ahmed Obeng both early introductions from the bench. 

Just before he was withdrawn in favour of Styche, Reid again tested the reflexes of Taylor as he remained far the busier of the two keepers, getting down well to meet a low, close-range effort with a save from an outstretched toe.

Danny Lewis made his first real save of the day with a little over ten minutes to play as he showed a safe pair of hands  to keep hold of an effort from Wade Fairhurst struck from inside the area, an illustration of just how much control Harriers had over the game.

With just four minutes left Styche almost headed Harriers in front as he met a deep Grimes cross but his attempt from six yards out glanced over the bar.

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