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Caught On Camera: April

10 June 2019

The penultimate month of the season began with a home fixture against The Shimps of Morecambe.

Jim Harvey's men arguably had the better of the opening exchanges and they capitalised on this in the 26th minute, when right-back Zak Mills hit a low drive past Kieran O'Hara in the Macc goal.

Knowing the impact that defeat could prove to have in our battle for EFL survival, Sol Campbell's men rallied for the cause and would restore parity just seven minutes later when Elliott Durrell's clinical finish sent the Moss Rose faithful into raptures.

The second period was characterised by speculative efforts from both sides, as the points were ultimately shared with the Lancashire outfit.

Promotion-chasing Exeter City then visited the Moss Rose the following Tuesday evening, in what proved to be an enthralling contest.

Ryan Bowman headed home the opener in the 27th minute, yet Harry Smith would equalise just three minutes later as he tenaciously positioned himself in between goalkeeper and defender to guide the ball home.

Parity would only last four minutes however, as a long ball upfield was seized upon by Bowman and he confidently slammed home from twelve yards out.

That was how things remained until first half injury-time, when skipper Nathan Cameron was impeded in the box and Michael Rose stepped up to slot home the resultant penalty.

Despite the fact that four goals had been scored within the first period, the second half saw goalscoring chances come at a premium for both sides.

That was until the 85th minute, when Elliott Durrell's tantalising cross caused mayhem within the Exeter penalty area and defender Troy Brown inadvertently directed the ball into the back of his own net - much to the delight of a mesmerised Star Lane End faithful.

This extended our unbeaten run to five games - whilst also propelling us out of the relegation zone for the first time since mid-August.

Despite the fact that two away defeats at Forest Green Rovers and Northampton Town would follow, our position outside the drop-zone was still intact when we returned to the Moss Rose to face Newport County on Easter Monday.

Played in sweltering April heat, Elliott Durrell had an early chance to open the scoring as he raced through on goal - yet a heavy touch was collected by the grateful Joe Day.

Subsequent chances were few and far between for both sides, as the spoils were shared in the blistering temperatures.

April ended with a trip to Burselm, as we locked horns with near-neighbours Port Vale whilst renewing our acquaintances with John Askey who faced his old club for the first time.

Played out in heavy rain, the match was evenly poised throughout and it wasn't until the 66th minute that the deadlock was broken.

When the breakthrough came, it was in emphatic style as left-back David Fitzpatrick surged forward before unleashing a venomous drive from twenty yards out.

Late pressure from the hosts was soaked up with consummate professionalism, as Macc took a massive step towards EFL safety with victory in the Potteries.


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