Gary Simpson’s Macclesfield Town signed opened the 2010/11 season with a tricky away fixture at our old Conference rivals Stevenage.
The Boro had been promoted to the Football League the previous season, and it was fitting that they should make their debut in League Two against their former sparring partners.
Macc started the game on the front foot, yet fell behind on seven minutes when Peter Vincenti etched his name into the record books by scoring Stevenage’s first League goal. He latched on to Griffin’s pinpoint cross to head past Jose Veiga, sending the home fans wild – just as we had done thirteen years before!
Their lead did not last long though, as five minutes later Macc restored parity. Matty Hamshaw managed to create space for himself, before sending a fabulous cross into the danger area which was easily headed home by Nat Brown.
Macc continued to dominate, and looked the better of the two sides for much of the first half. Tyrone Barnett, Emile Sinclair and Paul Bolland all missed guilt-edged chances to give the Silkmen the lead, yet it was midfielder Richard Butcher who orchestrated much of our attacking threat by putting in a tremendous shift in midfield.
The second half began much in the same way that the first half had ended – with the visitors on the front foot, yet the hosts proving to be increasingly dangerous on the break.
Eight minutes after the restart Macc’s dominance was rewarded when Emile Sinclair laid the ball off to Tyrone Barnett, and his low drive flew past ‘keeper Day and into the back of the net
This catalysed the home side in to life, as they were determined not to be beaten in their first League match – especially by their old rivals from Cheshire!
Yet, they did not create too many clear cut chances to draw level, and this was largely down to the inspirational Butcher who broke up dangerous looking attacks time and time again.
With only seconds left on the clock, Stevenage did draw level though when Charlie Griffin’s low drive proved to be inches too far for Veiga to stop, and the ball nestled into the bottom corner of the net.
Cue wild celebrations from the home side yet again, but to be honest as much as I used to despise them, nobody could really deny them a share of the spoils on such a momentous day.
Stevenage: Day, Wilson, Laird, Foster, Roberts, Henry, Vincenti, Byrom, Bostwick, Griffin, Winn
Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Tremarco, Brown, Brisley, Reid, Bolland, Wedgbury, Hamshaw, Butcher, Sinclair, Barnett