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Macclesfield Town 2-3 Exeter City

Exeter City let slip a two-goal lead before Ryan Bowman scored a late winner to snatch victory at Macclesfield to keep their League Two title challenge on course.

The visitors had been firmly in control once Nicky Ajose and Pierce Sweeney had established a 2-0 lead by the 16th minute.

The unmarked Ajose was given the simplest of tap-ins when Randell Williams' ball across the face of goal came to him a yard out.

And soon after, Sweeney produced a smart first-time finish from Brennan Dickenson's cross.

The visitors should have been further ahead before a fluke goal after 40 minutes gave struggling Macclesfield a lifeline.

Ben Tollitt delivered a cross into the area and the Grecians' Archie Collins fired his clearance against Connor Kirby, the rebound looping over goalkeeper Lewis Ward and into the net.

Despite playing into gale-force winds and torrential rain in the second half, Macc were the far better side and levelled through captain Fiacre Kelleher, who thundered home a header from Tollitt's corner after 63 minutes.

But, five minutes from time, an Exeter attack against the run of play ended with Williams' cross being turned in by Bowman.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1Mitchell
  • 16O'Keeffe
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15Horsfall
  • 23FitzpatrickSubstituted forArchibaldat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 25Cameron
  • 8Tollitt
  • 19Whitehead
  • 14Kirby
  • 20WilsonSubstituted forTraceyat 22'minutes
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forBlythat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hamblin
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 11Archibald
  • 18Blyth
  • 22Tracey
  • 24Rose

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5MartinBooked at 13mins
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 27Collins
  • 4Atangana
  • 17JaySubstituted forTaylorat 52'minutes
  • 24DickensonBooked at 75mins
  • 12Bowman
  • 14AjoseSubstituted forRichardsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 10Holmes
  • 16Warren
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 25Taylor
  • 38Arthur
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
1,389

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 2, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 2, Exeter City 3.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Jacob Blyth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town).

Booking

Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 2, Exeter City 3. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Ben Tollitt tries a through ball, but Jacob Blyth is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Shilow Tracey (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tollitt.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jayden Richardson replaces Nicky Ajose.

Attempt blocked. Ben Tollitt (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shilow Tracey.

Attempt blocked. Connor Kirby (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tollitt.

Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Randell Williams following a corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathan Cameron.

Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Shilow Tracey (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Blyth (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tollitt with a cross.

Booking

Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City).

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Exeter City. Jake Taylor tries a through ball, but Nicky Ajose is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jacob Blyth (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Joe Ironside.

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Theo Archibald (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City).

Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 2, Exeter City 2. Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Offside, Exeter City. Brennan Dickenson tries a through ball, but Nicky Ajose is caught offside.

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Exeter33189650361463
3Crewe33187860402061
4Plymouth32186853361760
5Cheltenham321412647262154
6Port Vale34141284640654
7Colchester341313847341352
8Northampton331571147361152
9Bradford34131294135651
10Forest Green341210124139246
11Salford341111124444044
12Cambridge34128143844-644
13Walsall34127153546-1143
14Crawley34914114546-141
15Grimsby321011113840-241
16Newport311010112727040
17Leyton Orient34911144352-938
18Oldham34813133752-1537
19Scunthorpe3399154150-936
20Mansfield34811154653-735
21Carlisle33811143350-1735
22Morecambe3479183256-2430
23Macclesfield33714123139-829
24Stevenage34313182345-2222
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