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Witton Albion 1 Macclesfield Town 1

Macclesfield's pre-season outing at Witton Albion ended all-square, with Kieran Murtagh the man on target for Steve King’s men.

Macclesfield's pre-season outing at Witton Albion ended all-square, with Kieran Murtagh the man on target for Steve King’s men.

Five trialists were in the Silkmen squad, including former Port Vale goalkeeper Dan Lloyd-Weston, who started the match.

Also on show for Macc was midfielder Lewis Chalmers, who was released in the summer but is back at the club on trial.

Macc were 1-0 down at Wincham Park at half-time, to a penalty from their new signing, Shaun Tuck for Albion, Peter Winn the man conceding the spot-kick.

Witton almost doubled their lead when Josh Hancock saw his shot rebound off Lloyd-Weston’s crossbar.

At the other end, trialist Valonis Kadrijaj shot wide when he had a sight of goal.

Macc were without club captain Nat Brown, who was absent through illness for Saturday’s fixture and the hosts were by far the better side in the first period.

However, a completely different Silkmen – under orders to be more aggressive – dominated after the break.

The goal came 10 minutes after the restart, Murtagh who picked his spot well from the edge of the box.

Ben Tomlinson had a chance to put score when a cross from Colin Daniel came to him, but he got under his shot and cleared the goal.

Tomlinson was denied a goal by an offside flag, the linesman deeming him offside as he turned in a cross from Waide Fairhurst, a replacement in both halves.

It was Fairhurst who had the final chance of the match right at the end, but he was also high with his effort and the friendly ended 1-1.

"Pre-season is all about getting games under your belt," said manager King (above). "I want to have a look at the options we have before I narrow it down."

 

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