Macclesfield Town 2-2 Tranmere Rovers: Injury time heartbreak for visitors as Super Whites rue missed chances

By Joel Lampkin

Tranmere Rovers suffered injury-time heartbreak for the second fixture in a row after substitute Tyrone Marsh poked home in the dying embers for Macclesfield Town at the Moss Rose stadium.

The away-side started slow but a bursting run from James Norwood eventually found Ollie Norburn, who laid off Larnell Cole to smash into the empty net to get The Rovers rocking after just 20-minutes.

Despite settling well a moment of madness saw captain Steve McNulty pull his man to the ground, and while the resulting Danny Whitaker penalty was saved by Scott Davies – Scott Wilson was left free to tap home the rebound.

Andy Cook pulled Tranmere ahead once more through some smart finishing on the stroke of half-time, but a late equaliser from Marsh salvaged a point for the home side.

Rovers missed out on the chance to move into a playoff spot for the first time since September while Macclesfield remained in in the hunt for automatic promotion.

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629 Tranmere fans made their way to the Moss Rose stadium to watch the 2-2 draw with Macclesfield.

Micky Mellon’s men began the game in unusual style with a series of long-balls looking to utilise the height of his forward line, an unexpected tactic that Macclesfield struggled to deal with.

However, it was on the deck where Tranmere looked the most threatening as Norwood and Cole twisted and turned the home defence causing serious problems.

It took just 20-minutes for The Super Whites to find a way through as a series of intricate passes allowed the visiting no.10 to tee off former Silkman Norburn who whisked the ball across goal to allow Cole to smash home from close range.

Tranmere however struggled to remain on top following the opener, and the home-side continued to press for an equaliser, as they launched a flurry of efforts towards Davies but very few attempts troubled the goalkeeper.

Macclesfield in keeping with tradition, equalised in the 40th minute as McNulty was caught flat footed by George Pilkington and subsequently pulled him to the ground just inside the box.

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Larnell Cole smashes home from close range to open the scoring for Tranmere

Whitaker’s penalty was saved by Davies who dived to his left but Wilson was the quickest to react on the pitch and he was free to poke home to level the score.

It seemed parity was fair heading into the break, but a moment of clinical finishing from Cook allowed Tranmere to snatch the lead once again just on the stroke of half-time.

The no.9 spun his marker before curling an effort into Shwan Jalal’s bottom left-hand corner leaving home manager John Askey raging at his players who were left stunned heading down the tunnel for the half-time whistle.

The Super Whites started the second period in dominant fashion as the midfield duo of Olly Banks and Norburn pulled the strings in the centre of the field; as Macclesfield struggled to regroup.

A neat through ball found Norwood who had the chance to put the game to bed but his effort bobbled wide to continue his form of poor finishing in recent weeks.

Seeking to rectify his mistake the striker’s intelligent play forced the home defence into an error – pouncing on a misguided header.

Norwood’s effort however shot sailed over the crossbar forcing a groan from the travelling Rovers fans behind the goal.

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James Norwood pounces but misses a glorious chance to put the game to bed late on

With the minutes ticking away Macclesfield found a sense of urgency in injury-time, and a bobbling late free kick made its way to the foot of Marsh who poked home with just two minutes left to play.

As full-time descended, the on-loan Banks ushered his side forward in the closing moments as Tranmere sought one last chance.

Substitute Gerry McDonagh was laid through on goal but the forward cut inside and lost his composure; wasting yet another glorious opportunity.

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Attendance: 1709 (629)

How they lined up:

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