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Caught On Camera: March

8 June 2019

March began with a trip to Gigg Lane to face promotion-chasing Bury and despite creating a number of chances - particularly in the first period, we were to suffer a comprehensive 3 - 0 defeat.

The Shakers secured their fourth successive League Two victory with goals from Nicky Maynard, Jay O'Shea and an injury-time strike from Scott Wharton.

The Silkmen then returned to the Moss Rose to face another promotion-hopeful in the form of MK Dons.

Skipper Nathan Cameron gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 19th minute, as he bundled home the opening goal from close range.

Despite creating a multitude of chances to extend the lead, Sol Campbell's men were pegged back right on the stroke of half-time as David Wheeler reacted quickest to a Conor McGrandles corner - as he forced the ball home at the near post.

The Dons carried this momentum into the second period and took the lead eight minutes after the restart when Callum Brittain fired through a crowded area to put Paul Tisdale's men into the ascendancy.

This was extended eleven minutes from time, as Kieran Agard's header sealed the Buckinghamshire side's victory.

With the home match against Exeter City postponed the following Tuesday evening, The Silkmen looked to reduce the six point gap at the foot of the League Two table with a trip to Yeovil Town seven days later.

At a wind-swept Huish Park, the lads put in a memorable performance which exemplified the defiance of the club in our survival fight.

James Pearson opened the scoring with his first goal for the club on 18 minutes, when he finished a devastating move by firing home a venomous drive at the far post.

Our lead was doubled just after the half hour mark, as Harry Smith's clinical header across goal nestled into the back of the net.

Whilst the second period saw the visitors dictate play, the scoring was not added to and Macc made the long journey back from Somerset with renewed hope after an inspired 2 - 0 victory.

We then welcomed our old Conference rivals Stevenage to the Moss Rose and saw Elliott Durrell break the deadlock in the 42nd minute, as he latched on to Michael Rose's through-ball before firing home.

The lead was cancelled out almost immediately however, as Joel Byrom's tantalising free-kick was headed home by Ben Nugent.

The Hertfordshire side then took the lead six minutes into the second period - Alex Revell firing home after a deft turn created space for the shot.

Macc continued to fight until the end however and parity was restored in the third minute of injury-time when Danny Whitaker drilled a fifteen yard drive into the back of the net in front of an ecstatic Star Lane End.

The month concluded with a daunting trip to champions-elect, Lincoln City. 

Despite Sincil Bank packed to the rafters with primarily home fans, Scott Wilson gave Macc the lead just after the half-hour mark as he latched on to Elliott Durrell's through-ball and calmly slotted home.

This catalysed Danny Cowley's men somewhat and they restored parity ten minutes later when Neal Eardley's majestic free-kick found the top corner of the net.

Despite copious amounts of pressure being administered in the second period, Macc gallantly repelled it all and claimed another priceless point in our quest towards EFL safety.


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