Harry Smith's 85th minute goal secured a vital three points for Reece Cole and Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night as they moved out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation places.
Reece played the full 90 minutes for The Silkmen as they welcomed Play-Off chasing Exeter City to Moss Ross. The hosts fell behind to Ryan Bowman's 27th minute header as the two sides went on to trade three goals in seven minutes. Smith levelled with his first of the night on the half-hour before Bowman restored The Grecians' advantage with a neat finish four minutes later. Sol Campbell's side pulled themselves level once more on the stroke of half time when Michael Rose converted from the penalty spot. It looked for much of the second period as if that would be how it stayed until Smith headed home five minutes from time to extend Town's unbeaten run to five and move them two points above the relegation places.
Macclesfield take their good form to sixth-placed Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Also in the Fourth Tier, Canice Carroll's Swindon Town missed their chance to close the gap on the Play-Offs as they were held to a goalless draw at Newport County. After a non-event of a first-half, Joe Day was the Newport hero with 20 minutes left, when his double save from Dion Conroy kept the scores level. The point leaves The Robins, for whom Canice played 90 minutes, three points outside the Play-Offs with a trip to Oldham Athletic to look forward to on Saturday.
In Sky Bet League One, Josh Clarke was an unused substitute as Burton Albion held Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at the Pirelli Stadium. Tom Flanagan's own-goal put the Burton ahead after 19 minutes but The Black Cats equalised eight minutes later through Jack Baldwin. The draw all-but extinguishes Burton's faint Play-Off hopes as they travel to Scunthorpe United on Saturday.