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Monday, August 09, 2010

Big Match Review - Stevenage 2 Macclesfield 2

Stevenage 2-2 Macclesfield Town
Saturday August 7, Broadhall Way, (Att: 3,553)

Charlie Griffin's late strike earned Stevenage a deserved share of the spoils against Macclesfield on their Football League debut.

The Hertfordshire outfit had got off to the perfect start with a goal within the first ten minutes. Peter Vicenti got on the end of a deep cross from the right to nod home the ball from close range to send Broadhall Way into raptures.

However, those celebrations were soon cut short as Gary Simpson's side hit back to equalise just five minutes later. Matt Hamshaw's inswinging free kick finding the head of Nat Brown who powered the ball past Chris Day to restore parity.

That goal helped the side from Cheshire grow in confidence, and they then took the lead early in the second period.

A low cross from the right by Emile Sinclair caused trouble in the Boro back line and Tyrone Barnett was on hand to poke the ball across Day and into the far corner.

It appeared as though the home side were going to begin life among the 92 with defeat, but Griffin was to have the final say.

After being released by Robert Sinclair, he showed great composure to side step a challenge and
prod the ball home.

It was enough to secure Stevenage their first ever point in the Football League in a draw likely to satisfy both managers.

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