Full Time: Macclesfield 2 Lincoln City 1
Adam Smith may find it difficult to sleep tonight after his volley, the last kick of the game from eight yards out, flew over the bar as Lincoln City suffered their first defeat under Gary Simpson.
In truth, the City winger was not the only Imps player to fluff their lines in front of goal, but in a solid display at Moss Rose, they were just found wanting in a 2-1 Blue Square Premier defeat.
A first half Alan Power penalty had given the 106 travelling supporters some hope, but a blistering start to the second half by the Silkmen undid all their good work.
Mo Fofana had City's first chance with a good turn and shot 20 minutes in, but the game really came to life after 23 minutes when referee J. Whiteley gave the visitors a penalty when Alan Power was fouled on the edge of the area. The Imps captain stepped up himself to score from the spot.
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Two minutres later Kissock forced Farman into a save with a shot from the edge of the City area as the Silkmen looked for an immediate response.
Ryan Jackson threatened more than once for Macclesfield down their right wing, his shot on the stroke of half time was deflected wide by Boyce's shoulder as the first half came to an end.
City's disasterous start to the second half started when the home side levelled one minute in. A cross from Jackson on the right was headed goalwards by Morgan-Smith. Farman seemed to have it covered until Scott Garner's header sent it out of reach of the City keeper.
Jackson caused more problems five minutes later but his left foot shot was saved down low by the City keeper. The writing seemed to be on the wall, as a minute later, Jackson fired in a low cross which was converted by Matthew Barnes-Horner to put the home side in front on 55 minutes.
City came back into the game with a decent spell of possession, but it was Macclesfield who threatened next with Fairhurst twisting and turning before firing a shot into the side netting.
With five minutes remaining, a Power free-kick was somehow cleared by Macclesfield, and the home side broke at speed. But a superb save from Farman kept the score at 2-1.
In added time, Fairhurst cut inside Miller and unleashed a shot which flew inches wide.