Wrexham's promotion bid suffered a significant blow after they were held at home by Macclesfield Town in Blue Square Bet Premier.

The woodwork denied Andy Morrell's header while visiting goalkeeper Rhys Taylor kept out Adrian Cieslewicz and Dean Keates.

At the other end Chris Maxwell stopped Matthew Barnes-Homer's late effort.

The result leaves Wrexham fourth in the table, 11 points off top spot but eight clear of sixth-placed Forest Green.

Macclesfield are eighth, but now lie nine points off the play-off positions.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"The lads were excellent. On a tough pitch and against touch opponents, I thought they were excellent in their endeavour and work-rate is second to none for me.

"It's just such fine margins at the minute. You're talking probably a couple of centimetres for an offside on Saturday [a 2-0 defeat by Hyde] and then today you're talking another couple of centimetres for a header off the bar.

"So it's just not going our way… in front of goal. But we defended resolutely today, even when we were trying to get the goal.

"We've just got to keep going."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Wrexham

  • 24 Maxwell
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Riley
  • 23 Westwood
  • 07 Cieslewicz (Thornton - 80' )
  • 08 Harris
  • 12 Keates
  • 14 Clarke
  • 16 Hunt Booked
  • 11 Morrell (Adebola - 78' )
  • 15 Ogleby (Ormerod - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Walker
  • 17 Little
  • 29 Thornton
  • 10 Ormerod
  • 31 Adebola

Macclesfield

  • 40 Taylor
  • 02 Jackson
  • 22 Braham-Barrett Booked
  • 29 Fermino Booked
  • 30 Audel
  • 34 Mills
  • 17 Wedgbury Booked
  • 19 Kissock
  • 09 Barnes-Homer
  • 10 Morgan-Smith Booked
  • 11 Winn (Fairhurst - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Mills
  • 06 Amores
  • 20 Fairhurst
  • 23 McDonald
  • 25 Madjo
Ref: Anthony Backhouse
Att: 4,351

Match Stats

Shots

6 3

On target

1 2

Corners

5 8

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:45 Booking

Booking Amari Morgan-Smith is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

90:00 +2:02

Amari Morgan-Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thornton. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hunt by Amari Morgan-Smith. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

90:00

Free kick crossed by Sam Wedgbury.

90:00 Booking

Booking Johnny Hunt goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

89:48

Foul by Johnny Hunt on Amari Morgan-Smith, free kick awarded.

88:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Thierry Audel goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

88:14

Outswinging corner taken by Sam Wedgbury, clearance made by Martin Riley.

83:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thornton from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Sam Wedgbury.

81:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury from the left by-line, clearance by Dele Adebola.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thornton comes on in place of Adrian Cieslewicz.

79:13

Adrian Cieslewicz challenges Enes Fermino unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Jackson takes the direct free kick.

78:35 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst is brought on as a substitute for Peter Winn.

77:47 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Morrell goes off and Dele Adebola comes on.

77:14

Foul by Amari Morgan-Smith on Martin Riley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Clarke.

74:45 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Craig Braham-Barrett for unsporting behaviour.

72:37

Foul by Stephen Wright on Sam Wedgbury, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

68:44 Substitution

Substitution Brett Ormerod is brought on as a substitute for Robert Ogleby.

67:00

Corner taken short by Dean Keates.

63:52

Corner taken by Peter Winn, Chris Maxwell makes a save.

63:15

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Winn, Martin Riley makes a clearance.

60:12

The referee gives a free kick against Robert Ogleby for handball. Rhys Taylor takes the free kick.

55:57

Foul by Stephen Wright on Craig Braham-Barrett, free kick awarded. Rhys Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

55:04

Enes Fermino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Keates. Dean Keates restarts play with the free kick.

52:47

Andrew Morrell produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

49:55

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett on Robert Ogleby, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Keates.

46:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Morrell by Pablo Mills. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Dean Keates, save made by Rhys Taylor.

46:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Barnes-Homer. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:27

John Paul Kissock is caught offside. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

42:54

Corner from the left by-line taken by Adrian Cieslewicz, Headed effort from inside the area by Martin Riley misses to the left of the goal.

42:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Winn on Stephen Wright. Direct free kick taken by Dean Keates.

40:58

Peter Winn challenges Robert Ogleby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

40:29

Joe Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Paul Kissock. Free kick taken by Rhys Taylor.

39:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Jackson.

37:54

Corner taken by Peter Winn played to the near post, Thierry Audel takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.

33:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jackson on Adrian Cieslewicz. Johnny Hunt takes the free kick.

31:43

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

30:59

Joe Clarke takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

27:57

Unfair challenge on Craig Braham-Barrett by Robert Ogleby results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Taylor.

25:07

Amari Morgan-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Wright. Direct free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

24:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Keates on John Paul Kissock. John Paul Kissock restarts play with the free kick.

20:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Amari Morgan-Smith. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

15:48 Booking

Booking Enes Fermino receives a yellow card.

15:35

Foul by Enes Fermino on Joe Clarke, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

15:02

The referee penalises Robert Ogleby for handball. Rhys Taylor takes the free kick.

12:35

Unfair challenge on Peter Winn by Jay Harris results in a free kick. Rhys Taylor takes the free kick.

11:58

Joe Clarke challenges Sam Wedgbury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

11:13

Adrian Cieslewicz produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:21 Booking

Booking The referee shows Sam Wedgbury a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

9:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Wedgbury on Jay Harris. Free kick taken by Johnny Hunt.

6:39

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn, Pablo Mills takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.

5:38

Corner taken by Peter Winn, clearance made by Martin Riley.

4:06

Shot by Joe Clarke from outside the box goes high over the target.

1:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jackson on Adrian Cieslewicz. Adrian Cieslewicz delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

0:57

Corner taken by Adrian Cieslewicz, clearance by Enes Fermino.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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