Another defeat, away to Gillingham this time, has left them further adrift of safety with only six games remaining. Perhaps little could have been expected from the long journey to Kent against a side which, despite a recent slide, still harbours hopes of making the playoffs. It seems no matter the form of the opposition, the Silkmen’s own catastrophic run is the overriding factor.
The latest game saw Macclesfield take advantage of some slack marking to create numerous chances, Smith again dominating in the air, but they seem incapable of taking the chances that they carve out. A lack of confidence may well be behind this – the abysmal slide down the table has be on the minds of the players and the pressure appears to be undermining them in front of goal. Perhaps if one of our early chances goes in (Mendy’s free header really should have found the net) then the players are released and it’s a different game, but the way we seem to fade in recent outings away suggests that holding a lead would be far from assured.
Our biggest comfort appears to be found in Barnet’s run-in. They have a horrendous run of matches against teams at the top which is even harder than our own, giving some hope at least that they will pick up very few points towards the end of the season. Relying on this is not going to be enough – we already have ground to make up on them and with Hereford lurking just behind we need to find our own form soon or this will be irrelevant.
Personally I am struggling to find hope at the moment. It is difficult to see us winning any games at the moment and with the continual stream of injuries I don’t see the strength of the team (Draper’s return aside) increasing anytime soon. Barnet have had a knack of sneaking to safety on the last day of the season, the way things are going it certainly doesn’t look like it will be a Macclesfield revival that denies them their third escape in a row.
Of course the gap is not yet insurmountable for the Silkmen, and a decent haul of points over the Easter weekend then the fight is back on. Gaining these points is easier said than done. It feels as if we need a spark of brilliance or even a huge a slice of luck to reignite the belief that we will get out of this mess, or that we even can get out of it. At the moment, as each game sees us our winless run extended, all I can see is a meek slide into devastating relegation.
Macc are running out of time to answer our prayers and to prove me wrong
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