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Walsall 1-1 Macclesfield Town

Miles Welch-Hayes in action for Macclesfield
Miles Welch-Hayes's goal for Macclesfield against Walsall was his first this season

Crisis club Macclesfield were forced to settle for a fourth successive League Two draw as their first game in two weeks ended 1-1 against Walsall.

Wes McDonald's late equaliser earned the Saddlers a point after Miles Welch-Hayes had put the visitors ahead early on.

Town, who did not fulfil their fixture against Crewe last weekend after the players refused to play due to unpaid wages, had on-loan Wigan goalkeeper Owen Evans to thank as he made three excellent late saves to deny Walsall a winner.

Macclesfield led after eight minutes as wing-back Welch-Hayes drilled his first professional goal into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Evans' heroics then began with a fingertip stop to prevent Mat Sadler prodding home Danny Guthrie's free-kick.

Town twice came close to doubling their lead early in the second half, Arthur Gnahoua firing over Emmanuel Osadebe's pass before Jay Harris' deflected 30-yard rocket clipped the bar.

Silkmen defender Corey O'Keeffe cleared Josh Gordon's close-range effort off the line but Walsall levelled after 74 minutes when McDonald curled home Cameron Pring's pull-back.

Evans then made three crucial saves, superbly thwarting Gordon's half-volley and preventing an own goal from Fiacre Kelleher before denying a clean-through Elijah Adebayo.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24FaceySubstituted forPringat 45'minutes
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 5J Clarke
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forAdebayoat 68'minutes
  • 16Guthrie
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonald
  • 9LaverySubstituted forGaffneyat 84'minutes
  • 10GordonBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 3Pring
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 15Holden
  • 20Bates
  • 26Liddle
  • 30Gaffney

Macclesfield

  • 1EvansBooked at 11mins
  • 25CameronBooked at 90mins
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15Horsfall
  • 23Fitzpatrick
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 8Harris
  • 4McCourt
  • 16O'Keeffe
  • 20Osadebe
  • 7GnahouaBooked at 22minsSubstituted forIronsideat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Clarke
  • 9Ironside
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 18Blyth
  • 19Gomis
  • 22Ntambwe
Referee:
James Oldham
Attendance:
3,846

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home24
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Macclesfield Town 1.

Foul by Cameron Pring (Walsall).

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Walsall. Rory Gaffney tries a through ball, but Elijah Adebayo is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jak McCourt (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ironside with a headed pass.

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Jay Harris tries a through ball, but Nathan Cameron is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jay Harris (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jak McCourt with a cross.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

Attempt blocked. Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ironside with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Caolan Lavery.

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Owen Evans.

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Joe Ironside replaces Arthur Gnahoua.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Corey O'Keeffe tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Osadebe is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) header from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Pring.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Osadebe (Macclesfield Town).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Owen Evans.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Pring (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Macclesfield Town 1. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Pring.

Danny Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

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

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon21133537221542
2Exeter2111642822639
3Cheltenham2098332161635
4Crewe20105533231035
5Bradford2010552718935
6Forest Green2110562416835
7Northampton2110473122934
8Plymouth209563022832
9Colchester208752619731
10Port Vale217862526-129
11Cambridge217772520528
12Newport197751816228
13Scunthorpe216782928125
14Salford216782330-725
15Macclesfield205961922-324
16Crawley215882531-623
17Walsall2165101627-1123
18Mansfield215792730-322
19Leyton Orient215792735-822
20Grimsby195682025-521
21Carlisle2156102032-1221
22Oldham204882029-920
23Stevenage2021081322-916
24Morecambe2136121739-2215
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