Oxford Utd 1-1 Macclesfield- Report

Last updated : 25 February 2012

Silkmen earn share of spoils

Macclesfield ended their appalling run of eight successive defeats with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Oxford.

Michael Duberry's third own goal in Oxford's past four home games had gives the Silkmen an unexpected lead in the ninth minutes.

The 35-year-old former Chelsea defender looked to be under no real pressure when Matt Hamshaw delivered a free-kick from the right, but planted a thumping header into his own net.

It was five weeks ago that Duberry had made history with his bizarre "imperfect" hat-trick - left-foot, right-foot and header - but with two of the three being own goals.

Macclesfield keeper Richard O'Donnell, who only joined on a 28-day emergency loan from Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, saved well from Lee Holmes' 20-yard drive after James Constable pulled the ball back.

Peter Leven went close with a rasping drive soon after, before the U's levelled three minutes before half-time through Oli Johnson.

The former Norwich midfielder, who took a touch to beat a defender, then drilled a low right-foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The second half became very open, and after O'Donnell saved smartly from Constable, Mark Connolly produced a brilliant last-ditch block to prevent Scott Rendell following up to score.

Constable missed the game's best chance midway through the second half as he headed over from three yards from a Holmes cross following good work by Mehdi Kerrouche.

Source: DSG

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