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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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