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Caught On Camera: January

4 June 2019

We continue our pictorial look back at the 2018/19 season by taking you back to January.
 
The month began with an eagerly anticipated home clash against Tranmere Rovers.
 
The Silkmen weathered a barrage of pressure from the visitors during the opening exchanges, before former Silkman Connor Jennings put the Super White Army in front with a long-range effort that flew past Kieran O'Hara just after the half hour mark.
 
This catalysed Sol Campbell's men in to action and parity was duly restored four minutes before the interval when Koby Arthur finished a slick passing move by firing come from close range.
 
Despite both sides creating chances during the second period, there was to be no further scoring and the points were shared.
 
Tyrone Marsh gave Macc a 14th minute lead the following Saturday, as The Silkmen looked to avenge our opening day defeat against Swindon Town.
 
However Marc Richards hit a 37th minute equaliser for the Wiltshire outfit and this was followed by Jak McCourt's dramatic injury time winner with virtually the last kick of the game.
 
Looking to bounce back at the first attempt, Macc travelled up to Cleethorpes on 12th January in a bid to extend our impressive away form against Grimsby Town.
 
Scott Wilson gave the visitors a 26th minute lead, after he surged through the Mariners defence and calmly finished past James McKeown in the Grimsby goal.
 
Seven minutes later, Tyrone Marsh diverted a tantalising Michael Rose free-kick into the back of the net to double our lead and despite copious amounts of pressure being applied in the second period, Grimsby could not prevent Sol Campbell's men from claiming another vital three points.
 
The Silkmen then returned to the Moss Rose, as we entertained Oldham Athletic for just the second time in our history.
 
The game was sparked into life with barely a minute on the clock when Callum Lang's shot was adjudged to have been handled in the area and Urko Vera despatched the subsequent penalty.
 
Macc rallied against this early set-back and forced a deserved equaliser right on the stroke of half-time when Harry Smith fizzed a venomous drive across the face of goal and into the far corner of the net.
 
Nine minutes into the second half, our comeback was complete as Scott Wilson cut through the Oldham defence before nonchalantly lifting the ball over Dan Iverson and into the vacant net.
 
Despite some late scares, Macc hung on to secure back-to-back victories and ascended to within a point of safety.
 
The month ended in controversial style, as we made the journey down to Cheltenham Town for what proved to be an enthralling encounter.
 
Michael Rose converted an 11th minute penalty to put Macc into the ascendancy, yet skipper Nathan Cameron was dismissed nine minutes later as he was adjudged to have committed a professional foul on Robins forward Jacob Maddox.
 
The ten men rallied however and deservedly extended our lead three minutes after the dismissal, as Wilson capitalised on an error by Scott Flinders to double our advantage.
 
The second half proved to be a very different affair however as buoyed by their numerical advantage, the hosts laid siege to Kieran O'Hara's goal.
 
Strikes from Luke Varney and Jacob Maddox pulled the sides back level, before Charlie Raglan headed home the winner with eleven minutes left on the clock.

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