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Games Of The Season: Lincoln City (A)

10 June 2019

After our last-gasp equaliser against Stevenage the previous week, Sol Campbell's Macclesfield Town faced the daunting prospect of a trip to Sincil Bank to face the champions-elect the following Saturday.

Buoyed by a crowd of over nine-thousand ardent Imps fans, the host were certainly enjoying an imperious run of form which had seen them ascend to the League Two summit and rendered the title as being in sight.

Not to be distracted from the task at hand, The Silkmen were embroiled in a fierce battle of our own as the survival race began to ebb towards a dramatic conclusion.

Despite having much of the early possession. Sincil Bank was silenced in the 28th minute when Elliott Durrell's innovative through-ball sent Scott Wilson free and our leading marksman made no mistake, as he confidently slid the ball past Matt Gilks to put the visitors into the ascendancy.

As expected, this catalysed Lincoln into a period of sustained pressure - yet much of this was nullified by a defiant Silkmen side who were eager to protect their slender advantage.

That said, parity was to be restored ten minutes later when Neal Eardley's majestic free-kick found the top corner of the net - despite Kieran O'Hara's best efforts in the Macc goal.

Eardley was emphatically denied by O'Hara in the early stages of the second half when his ferocious effort was tipped over the bar - yet in truth the hosts were largely confined to speculative efforts, which unquestionably frustrated the home contingent.

Sol Campbell's men certainly did not abandon their ambitions to claim maximum points, as Michael Rose and James Pearson both went close in the dying exchanges.

Despite picking up an inspired point, Macc slipped to the foot of the League Two table courtesy of Notts County's victory at Stevenage and with just seven games to play, there was little doubt that The Silkmen had to harness the defiance that was shown at Sincil Bank if safety was to be secured.

Here are the match highlights -

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