Macclesfield 0-0 Newport: Stalemate at Moss Rose
Last Updated: 22/04/19 7:31pm
Both Macclesfield and Newport will be left disappointed after their edgy encounter in Cheshire ended 0-0.
The hosts missed numerous chances to gain breathing space in their relegation battle, while a win for the Exiles would have seen them leapfrog into the play-offs.
After a 10-minute delay to kick off due to high demands at the ticket office, Newport started the brighter as Mickey Demetriou's header across goal almost fell for Scot Bennett six-yards out.
The Silkmen wasted a golden chance before the half hour mark. Elliott Durrell pounced on a defensive error, but mis-controlled when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Durrell was the villain yet again 10 minutes later, curling Scott Wilson's pull-back over the bar.
The best chance of the second-half fell to the Silkmen once again, Smith lashing over from inside the area. Bennett was having equal luck in front of goal - his bobbling effort was parried away.
Kennedy and Willmott came close for Newport, but neither side could find a winner in a desperate finish.