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27 November 2018 Venue St James Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Exeter City v Macclesfield Town

27 November 2018

A Michael Rose penalty combined with a sterling defensive performance secured the boys in blue a crucial three points against Yeovil Town at the weekend, and will look to build momentum tonight.

Jordan Ponticelli, who is still undergoing rehabilitation, and Jared Hodgkiss who remains a doubt after missing the Yeovil clash, are the only injury concerns ahead of tonight.

The Grecians are hot prospects for promotion this season after falling at the play off final in the last two campaigns. Although recently, Matt Taylor’s side have dropped off the pace after a blistering start to the new term.

They have not tasted victory in the league in six matches, their last three-point haul coming on 13th October against Swindon Town. They come into the fixture tonight in sixth after a draw at Colchester United on Saturday.

City’s Nicky Law has stamped his authority in the Devon-side’s midfield, having started all except two of the Grecian’s League Two matches, and is prepared for a hard shift in the middle of the park.

He said: “From our point of view I think it will be what we always do, concentrate on ourselves, and respect our opponents whether they’re first in the league or bottom of the table.

“There are no easy games in this league, and I think the worst thing we could do is to turn up thinking that we only need to turn up and we’ll win the game because it won’t be the case.

“It’ll be another tough game, but we’re at home and looking to do our own thing and do what we do well to hopefully get our first three points for a while.” 

By Matt Bates

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Match Report: Exeter City 0-1 Macclesfield Town

27 November 2018

Macclesfield Town claimed their first away league win of the season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Exeter City.

Harry Smith’s 54th minute goal proved to be the vital difference between the two sides as the Silkmen made it two consecutive league victories and gain a valuable three points in the fight for survival.

The result also means Macclesfield have now kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this campaign, with the Silkmen producing yet another valiant defensive display to shutout their opponents.

Elliot Durrell made a swift start to proceedings a minute into the game, collecting the ball on the halfway line and advancing through the Exeter midfield before dragging his shot wide.

Ryan Lloyd produced a moment of excellence and delivered a sumptuous ball 24 minutes in to split the Grecians defence and send Durrell through on goal. The winger done excellently to reach the ball and get a shot away, although Exeter keeper Christy Pym was equal to it and managed to parry behind for a corner.

The Silkmen were once again demonstrating their resilient nature and found themselves having to weather a testing Exeter storm 33 minutes in. Nathan Cameron and Fiacre Kelleher made a number of vital clearances and interceptions as Macclesfield kept the home side at bay.

Their resilience was almost rewarded in the 36th minute when Durrell picked up the loose ball on the halfway line and raced towards the Exeter goal, however a superb recovery from Dean Moxey prevented Durrell from getting a clean strike away.

Macclesfield grew into the game offensively which allowed Durrell to temporarily hover into a ‘ghost striker’ role. As a result, Lloyd found some space on the edge of Exeter’s penalty area and was able to loop a cross to the far post where Smith was waiting, but brave defending from Jordan Tillson denied the striker from making contact with the ball.

The Silkmen made their breakthrough nine minutes into the second-half. A superb move was initiated by Kelleher on the left-hand side, and his switched ball out to the right was excellently controlled by Durrell. The winger’s touch enabled him to quickly whip in an inviting cross and Smith reacted quickest to poke the ball past Pym and give Macclesfield the lead.

An hour had passed and Durrell continued to be a nuisance for the Exeter defence. The 28-year-old got the better of Moxey from a long ball and won a free-kick, and the resulting set-piece from Michael Rose was curled in just fractions away from the on-rushing Kelleher at the back post.

Macclesfield were proving to be a danger on the counter and this was exemplified on the 68th minute when Durrell collected a loose pass from Chiedozie Ogbene with three players in support. Durrell fed Danny Whitaker into the penalty area, but his effort was blocked by Pierce Sweeney and Smith’s follow-up sailed over the bar.

The home side were struggling to break down an organised and compact Silkmen side, and Macc’s defensive prowess was typified by Callum Evans’ exceptional sliding challenge on Lee Holmes to block the striker’s effort.

Wave after wave of Exeter attacks ensued but Macclesfield stood firm, making it two wins on the bounce and giving Sol Campbell a positive platform to build on heading into his first game in the Checkatrade Trophy next week.

Macclesfield Town XI: O’Hara, Pearson, Cameron, Kelleher, Fitzpatrick, Rose, Evans (Maycock, 81), Durrell, Whitaker, Lloyd (Vincenti, 84), Smith (Blissett, 76)

Unused substitutes: Grimes, Wilson, Stephens, Arthur

Exeter City XI: Pym, Sweeney, Tillson (Abrahams, 55), Taylor, Moxey, Forte (Ogbene, 55), O’Shea, Law, Croll (Woodman, 64), Stockley, Holmes

Unused substitutes: Hamon, Martin, Jay, Collins

 

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Exeter City Ticket News

26 November 2018

Macclesfield Town make the long journey south next Tuesday evening, as we face Exeter City at St James' Park.

For the heroes who are planning to cheer the team on, here are the ticket prices -

Adults: £23

Senior: £20

Student: £20

Under 18: £10

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