Hartlepool United began life in Non-League with a stutter on Saturday but are now off the mark following a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town last night – and manager Craig Harrison reckons it could be an important point.
Dover Athletic came away from Pools on Saturday with a shock three points and for at least 45 minutes yesterday evening, it seemed Hartlepool were heading for another defeat.
Danny Whitaker’s well-taken header put Macclesfield in front at the break and with Harrison needing a response from his side, he got just that as Jake Cassidy headed in a second half equaliser.
After the Silkmen’s decent finish last season, Harrison sees this result as a point gained, he said: “I thought the lads were brilliant in the second half and we finished the stronger, only one team was going to win it in the end.
“Obviously to go 1-0 down was very disappointing but it was good to see us show the fight, desire and the character from the players to come back and push to try and win the game.
“If you look at the bigger picture, a point away at Macclesfield who for the last four years have been in the top eight and competing for things at the top end of the table, we’ll be happy with that at the end of the season.
“The lads put a huge shift in and it was made even better by the travelling fans, who were fantastic.”