Reece Cole struck a 97th minute equaliser as Macclesfield Town salvaged a point from a six-goal thriller against local rivals Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Alex twice led in normal time through Jordan Bowery and Chris Porter, but Sol Campbell’s side responded thanks to strikes from Scott Wilson and Nathan Cameron. When George Ray made it 3-2 to the visitors in the 95th minute it looked like Alex had finally secured all three points. However, Reece, making his second Sky Bet League Two start for his new club, had other ideas, playing a one-two on the edge of the box before steering a finish low into the corner to send Moss Rose into delirium. The point wasn’t enough to lift The Silkmen out of the relegation zone but they are now just one point from safety ahead of this weekend’s home game against Colchester United.
Also in the fourth tier, Canice Carroll was a late substitute during Swindon Town’s 3-2 win over MK Dons. Michael Doughty netted twice, with Keshi Anderson also on target, as Swindon took command at Stadium:MK. Canice replaced Doughty for the final ten minutes with the score at 3-1 as, despite a late Kieran Agard goal, the visitors held on for a third win in five games. Those three points moved Swindon up to 12th, eight points off the Play-Offs, ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Forest Green Rovers at The County Ground.
In League One, Jack Bonham and Bristol Rovers climbed out of the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Walley’s deflected strike sent the visitors in ahead but Alex Rodman headed home a leveller seven minutes after the restart. Town finished the game with ten men after Dave Edwards saw red for a wild lunge late on. Out of the bottom four on goal difference, Rovers face a daunting task in eight days’ time as they head to third-placed Portsmouth.
An ankle injury kept Josh Clarke out of the Burton Albion squad as they recorded a first win in seven, beating rock-bottom AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at Kingsmeadow. Jamie Allen and David Templeton struck either side of the break as Nigel Clough’s side picked up three points for the first time in over a month. Burton will be hoping to close their nine-point gap to the Play-Offs as they welcome Shrewsbury Town to The Pirelli Stadium this Saturday.
Boreham Wood’s slide down the National League table continued with a 1-0 defeat at relegation threatened Maidenhead United on Saturday. The only goal of the game came with 15 minutes to play, substitute James Akintunde firing into the bottom corner after being found inside the box. Justin had been introduced shortly before The Magpies’ goal but couldn’t help his side find a way back into the game. The Wood, who are now just six points above the drop zone, welcome Hartlepool United to Meadow Park this Saturday.
In Jarvis Edobor’s absence, Maidstone United picked up a point at home to Play-Off contenders AFC Fylde on Saturday. Both goals were moments to forget as, first Maidstone’s Aron Davies, and then Fylde’s Danny Philliskirk, put into their own net. The draw leaves The Stones seven points from safety with 14 games to play. Attention turns to the FA Trophy in midweek as Salford City make the trip to The Gallagher Stadium for a Third-Round replay.