The closing month of 2018 started with a trip to the illustrious St James' Park, as we faced Newcastle United U21s in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Elias Sorensen put Newcastle a goal to the good on 23 minutes, yet the visitors were far from overawed by their surroundings and duly restored parity with six minutes left on the clock when Scott Wilson burst through the home defence before steering the ball home.
Penalties then followed and Sol Campbell's men were desperately unlucky to bow out of the competition on the back of a 5 - 3 shoot-out defeat.
This was followed by a slender 1 - 0 reversal at Colchester United, before the former Arsenal and England star made his Moss Rose debut during the home clash with Crawley Town.
Played throughout a storm of biblical proportions, maximum points were secured thanks to strikes from Elliott Durrell and Harry Smith as Macc made it three league victories in four outings.
A goalless draw with Port Vale ensued, before a real Christmas cracker was served up at Meadow Lane on Boxing Day.
Scott Wilson gave us the lead on 36 minutes, as he fired a clinical drive past Ross Fitzsimmons and although Kane Hemmings restored parity just after the hour mark, Wilson struck the terminal below nice minutes from time.
2018 ended in cruel fashion, as Jerry Yates' 88th minute strike handed Carlisle United maximum points at Brunton Park. Yet there was much to be optimistic about as the New Year was welcomed in.