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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 3 v 2 Exeter City

9 April 2020

Macclesfield Town extended their unbeaten to five games back on 9th March 2019, as Exeter City made the long trip up from Devon for a re-arranged Tuesday night fixture.

The play-off chasing Grecians would take a 27th minute lead, when Lee Martin's cross was headed home by the lively Jordan Bowery.

Macc would hit back almost instantly however, as Harry Smith tenaciously positioned himself in the perfect location to divert Ben Stephens' tantalising cross into the back of the net.

Yet parity was to last just four minutes, before Bowery grabbed his second of the game to restore Exeter's lead.

The hosts fought back in dramatic style and after falling behind for the second time, set their sights on securing the victory which would see them ascend out of the relegation zone for the first time since mid-August.

Deep into injury-time at the end of the first-half, skipper Nathan Cameron was bundled over in the penalty area and Michael Rose nonchalantly despatched the resultant penalty to equalise once more.

There is little doubt that the strike injected a fresh wave of defiance throughout the Moss Rose and this manifested itself in the copious amounts of pressure that the team placed on the Exeter goal after the interval.

Our reward came five minutes from time, as Elliott Durrell's magical cross was inadvertently directed into the back of the net by Troy Brown.

This sparked memorable scenes, as Sol Campbell's men completed an inspired victory which played a pivotal role in our ultimate survival.

Here are the match highlights -

Macclesfield Town: O'Hara, Pearson (Welch-Hayes 82), Cameron, Kelleher, Jules, Fitzpatrick, Cole, Rose (Whitaker 70), Stephens, Durrell, Smith.

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