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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,064) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Ward

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Macclesfield Town Macc'field

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Macc'field 0

Cobblers & Silkmen draw a blank

Spoils shared at Sixfields

Last Updated: 08/08/09 7:16pm

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Daniel: Denied by crossbar

Daniel: Denied by crossbar

Northampton's campaign got off to a frustrating start as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Macclesfield.

The Cobblers struggled to create any chances in the first half and Macclesfield twice went close in the space of two minutes when the woodwork saved Northampton on both occasions.

Shaun Brisley headed onto the crossbar from John Rooney's in-swinging corner in the 28th minute and, two minutes later, Colin Daniel also hit the crossbar following a strong run from Emile Sinclair.

Earlier, Dean Beckwith went close for Northampton when his near-post header was cleared off the line by Carl Tremarco, while the lively Ben Marshall was just off target with a far-post header.

Jon Brain produced a superb full-length save to deny Adebayo Akinfenwa in the 70th minute, but substitute Izak Reid should have broken the deadlock in the 75th minute just Chris Dunn to beat, but he fired his shot across the goal.

At the other end, Marshall went close with a free-kick and Daniel wasted a late chance to win it for Macclesfield, but substitute Steve Guinan should have won it for Northampton three minutes into stoppage time after being set up by Billy McKay, but he shot across the face of goal from an acute angle.

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1 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9

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