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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Exeter City

9 April 2019

Macclesfield Town entertain the Grecians of Exeter City this evening, in a game which may well have monumental implications in our quest for EFL safety.

The Silkmen currently lie just one point adrift at the foot of the League Two table, yet go into the contest knowing that victory would take us out of the drop zone for the first time since the start of August.

Make no mistake, this is our most important fixture since that glorious afternoon down in Eastleigh last year. We fought so gallantly to achieve our dream of Football League promotion and now we have to nurture that same passion, that same belief and that same defiance to preserve it.

Everyone knows that we have a gargantuan battle ahead of us - but at the same time, it is the sort of battle that his club has thrived from throughout our history.

Just looking over our recent past exemplifies this. If football was played according to the bookmakers, then we would never have survived in the Vauxhall Conference back in 1993, we would never have achieved our fairytale promotion back in 1997 and we would never have defied all the odds to complete one of the greatest ever footballing feats last year.

The truth of the matter is that football isn't played on paper - it is played out their on that hallowed Moss Rose turf and is heavily influenced by all our hearts and minds.

We have six games left to ensure that we write another unforgettable ending - an ending which will prove all the doubters wrong yet again and an ending which will reside in our history forevermore.

It is time for each and every one of us to stand up and be counted.

The Silkmen come into the game on the back of a one-all draw with Morecambe - a result which stretched our unbeaten run to four games.

After the game, Silkmen TV caught up with Sol Campbell -

The former Arsenal and England defender is not thought to have any additional injury concerns ahead of tonight's game, with Rhys Taylor (hip) the only known absentee.

Matt Taylor's side currently lie in seventh position within the Sky Bet League Two table and have accumulated 62 points from their 40 games played.

There is no doubt that Exeter will prove to be tenacious opponents and for much of the early part of the season, looked destined to secure automatic promotion to League One.

Currently ten points behind third-placed MK Dons, the Grecian faithful will no doubt still harbour ambitions of a top three finish - yet if this is to be achieved, they will need to show the sort of form which propelled them to the League Two summit earlier in the campaign.

Exeter have been on the road twenty times ahead of this evening's contest and have proved beyond any doubt that they are a notoriously difficult side to beat.

Indeed, they have made the journey back to Devon without claiming at least a share of the spoils on just five occasions this season - following defeats at MK Dons, Tranmere Rovers, Bury, Newport County and most recently, Northampton Town.

Despite this, Exeter have managed to take twenty-nine points on their travels so far and that in itself renders the need for all our loyal fans to get right behind us this evening.

They come into the game on the back of a one-all draw at Cheltenham Town on Saturday, where 'keeper Christy Pym was dismissed in the tenth minute of injury time.

Speaking after the game, Taylor stated -

"We have a long journey up to Macclesfield on Tuesday and it will be a tough game without Christy.

"They are all tough games at this stage of the season, as the pressure continues to mount. This is our game in hand - so we will hopefully go there with a clean bill of health.

"We were motivated after the defeat last week - we should be even more motivated for Tuesday now".

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 3-2 Exeter City

9 April 2019

Macclesfield Town recorded a dramatic 3-2 victory over Exeter at the Moss Rose with a result that sees us climb out of the relegation places.

A late Harry Smith goal saw us claim all three points and move clear of the drop zone for the first time since August.

Exeter started the brighter of the two sides, with Lee Martin spurning the best of the visitors' early chances just five minutes in as he could only put his shot straight at O’Hara from six yards out.

However, it would be the Silkmen who would have the ball in the net first, but Elliott Durrell’s strike was ruled out for offside by the officials.

It was the visitors who would strike first, with Lee Martin finding Ryan Bowman in the area who made no mistake from close in to put the Grecians ahead.

Macc replied almost instantaneously with Harry Smith beating Dean Moxey in the air to level the scores following a pinpoint cross from Ben Stephens.

The Silkmen pushed in the moments following the goal, with James Pearson coming close with a dangerous ball into the area which almost caught out James Hamon in the Exeter goal.

Exeter would find themselves ahead once more just minutes later, when a long ball from Hamon evaded the Silkmen defence and Bowman pounced to net his second of the game from twelve yards.

The game settled down for a period following this flurry of action, but Macc found themselves with a golden opportunity to head into the break level after Nathan Cameron was fouled in the Exeter area.

Michael Rose kept his cool and found the back of the net, despite the best efforts of Hamon.

James Pearson came close to putting us in front with a dipping long-range effort, but Hamon did well to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Smith came close from the resulting corner, hitting the inside of the post before Hamon claimed the ball just before Stephens could get a touch.

Elliott Durrell then came close as we increased the pressure in the second period; but he was only able to hit the side netting from a tight angle.

Smith looked to have missed a chance to win the game on eighty minutes when he fired his close-range effort over the crossbar, but our frustrations would prove to be short lived.

After a dangerous ball into the Exeter penalty area, Smith pressured the goalkeeper into missing the ball and forced it over the line in what proved to be the match winning moment.

Despite some late pressure on the Macc goal in the ensuing six minutes of additional time, the Silkmen held on for a crucial win to take us out of the relegation places.

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