Both Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson and Morecambe boss Jim Bentley were taken aback by Ben Tomlinson's record-breaking strike as their two sides drew 1-1 at Moss Rose.

Tomlinson opened the scoring after just seven seconds, and Silkmen boss Simpson admitted: "I certainly had nothing to do with it. It wasn't my plan but he's just put his head down and gone for it and it was a great strike."

Bentley said: "I'd just put some papers down in the box, looked around and saw him hit the ball from 25 yards. I've certainly never seen anything like that before but that's why we all love football, you've just got to hand it to the lad."

Simpson, however, was adamant that Morecambe's equaliser after 15 minutes should not have counted.

"Danny Carlton has backed in to Shaun Brisley but somehow the ref's given it the other way," he said.

"I couldn't believe it but then the ball's been whipped into the box and they've scored off a ricochet. They're certainly getting all the luck at the moment.

"They've had two injury-time winners but then again they are a good hard-working physical side and good luck to them. That said, we were terrific and I think that we shaded it. Anyone can beat anyone in this league.

"We got done by Crawley but then Morecambe go and beat them 6-0 at the weekend. It's a very open division. We've generated £400,000 in the last two months and we need that to stay afloat but I hope I'll get a little bit of it to spend. But I've got a very good squad here and we more than match the league leaders."

Bentley added: "Macclesfield's a very tough place to come to. They always come hard at you and I warned the players about that but then they score after seven seconds.

"But I thought we looked dangerous in periods in the second half and I might be being a bit greedy but Danny Carlton could have snatched a win at the death."

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