Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.
Antoni Sarcevic's late strike rescued a point for Plymouth in a 1-1 League Two draw with Macclesfield at Moss Rose.
Shilow Tracey's first goal for Macclesfield looked like being enough for them to dent Argyle's promotion hopes with a much-needed win but the visitors' leading scorer slotted in after his 84th-minute penalty had been saved by Macc keeper Jonathan Mitchell.
Second-bottom Macclesfield made a blistering start to the game, with numerous chances coming early on.
In the first five minutes alone, Arthur Gnahoua fizzed a shot wide, Connor Kirby scooped a first-time effort over from close in, and Tracey was denied by the feet of keeper Alex Palmer, who also saved from Gnahoua and Nathan Cameron.
But, as Plymouth were growing into the game, Macclesfield finally took the lead after 33 minutes. Danny Whitehead charged forward and, as defenders converged, he slipped in Tracey, who finished emphatically.
But although Plymouth laid siege to the Macclesfield goal in the second half, it was not until Sarcevic went down in the box that they levelled.
He saw his spot-kick saved but was presented with the easiest of second chances and seized it to slot home and rescue a draw.
The draw leaves Plymouth two points adrift of joint leaders Swindon and Exeter.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 15HorsfallBooked at 90mins
- 16O'KeeffeBooked at 85mins
- 8TollittSubstituted forHamblinat 90'minutes
- 11ArchibaldBooked at 70mins
- 22TraceySubstituted forFitzpatrickat 72'minutes
- 8EdwardsSubstituted forHardieat 65'minutes
- 7SarcevicBooked at 85mins
- 25GrantSubstituted forBakinsonat 32'minutes
- 32CooperSubstituted forTelfordat 79'minutes
- Neil Hair
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.
Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town).
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Harry Hamblin.
Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Harry Hamblin replaces Ben Tollitt.
Offside, Macclesfield Town. Ben Tollitt tries a through ball, but David Fitzpatrick is caught offside.
Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Tyreeq Bakinson tries a through ball, but Ryan Hardie is caught offside.
Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.
Penalty saved! Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.
Penalty Plymouth Argyle. Antoni Sarcevic draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Hand ball by Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle).
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Telford replaces George Cooper.
Attempt missed. Tyreeq Bakinson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Cooper with a cross following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.