The Harriers travelled up to Macclesfields Moss Rose ground today looking for a win in their second away game of the season. Our first was at Lincoln City a few weeks back that ended 0-0 and sadly this game was to end the same way. As in the Lincoln game this one was also notable for the lack of creativity in the Harriers against a team that were somehow worse than us.
The team selection wasn't the most inspiring when it was announced before the kick off with Jack Byrne dropped in favour of Jamie Grimes. Byrne must have picked up yet another injury because he wasn't on the bench either. Grimes actually had a very good game as it happens but he wasn't the creative outlet that we are looking for and I would rather we replaced injured players like for like and surely Callum Gittings would have made more sense.
On the bench for the Harriers was Ahmed Obeng in his first appearance since his nightmare of a debut at Lincoln when he was withdrawn early with what seemed to be stadium shell shock.
On a sunny, but cool, afternoon in the shadow of the lower Peak range the two sides battled it out without any show of passion or a willingness to inject any excitement into the game. It took a good ten minutes before the healthy attendance of away fans had anything to shout about when Aman Verma and Grimes interchanged passes before supplying Marvin Johnson with the ball to deliver an awkward cross in but it was too near to the Macc keeper Rhys Taylor to do any real damage.
Our first clear chance of a goal didn't arrive until the thirty fifth minute when Craig Reid collected Jared Hodgkiss' pass only to see his shot saved by the Macclesfield keeper. With the half drawing to a close the home team had their first sight of goal when Luke Waterfall tried to force the ball home from a corner and then Verma sent in a shot that wasn't strong enough to trouble the keeper and was going wide anyway.