Recently, we asked all our loyal fans to get in touch with us and let us know what their favourite memory involving The Silkmen is. In the latest instalment of our new feature, Richard Pattrick takes us back to an epic night back in 2010.
If it’s desolation to euphoria in under a second, I go to Essex on a cold Tuesday November night in 2010 at 10.30 pm.
Macc are at Roots Hall for a First Round FA Cup replay against Southend United, courtesy of a 2-2 draw thirteen days earlier at the Moss Rose.
A vociferous Macc support had made the 410 mile round trip to watch an exciting game, in which Macc took the lead through Colin Daniel before being pegged four minutes from time.
Extra-time ensued and Congolese international Toto Nsiala restored Macc’s lead only for Southend’s Barry Corr to make it 2-2 – and so to squeaky bum-time penalties.
After Southend’s ‘hero to villain’ Barry Corr’s spot kick eventually landed in Clacton, Chalmers, Barnett, Bencherif and Reid all converted for Macc.
Up stepped Macc’s number five, Nat Brown - if he converts, Macc are through.
He runs up, fires towards the bottom right hand corner and Southend stopper Glen Morris guesses right.
He gets his hands to the ball and the Roots Hall faithful howl their appreciation for their saviour.
But the ball has other ideas, as it loops high into the Essex air.
Morris turns to see it dropping over him and goalwards. He dives … but too late as the ball wins the race and crosses the line first.
For the Shrimpers’ it was delight to despair, for the Silkmen its was agony to ecstasy and, as Nat Brown disappeared under a pyramid of team mates, we could all look forward to a much happier trip home and a second round tie at Huddersfield Town.
You can watch highlights from that dramatic contest below -
Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Reid, Brown, Morgan, Nsiala, Bolland (Draper 112), Daniel, Bencherif, Chalmers, Sinclair (Mukendi 90), Barnett.
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