STANLEY hitman Roscoe Dsane admitted his showmanship for the winning goal could have all gone disastrously wrong.
Macclesfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee was left grounded when he clashed with his own defender to leave the pacey striker free on goal.
Dsane raced forward alone, stopped the ball on the goalline and got down on his knees to cheekily head it over the line to seal the first back-to-back wins for the Reds since March.
“I have thought about doing it for a little while,” said the former AFC Wimbledon man who signed for the Reds in the summer.
“I knew I needed plenty of time in front of goal when there was no one around to get down and head it.
“I had a few doubts as I could have fallen over or handballed it and it could have been a little bit embarrassing.
“But I felt confident and I did it - but I won’t be doing it again!”
While Reds manager John Coleman was full of praise for his confident striker, heart-stopping moments like that are not something he will want to see regularly from his goalscorers.
“I have scored a couple of them in my time but I think I was about nine!” said the Reds chief.
“And another time, about the same age, I once stopped the ball on the line for Paul Cook to score. But give Roscoe his due, he kept his composure and I am pleased for him.
“By his own admission, Roscoe isn’t the best trainer but he has got his head down this week and showed a good attitude, listened to what we had to say, has taken it on board and put it into practice.”
Dsane also opened the scoring against Macc to take his tally to five goals in seven starts for the Reds in what has been a stop-start season for the former Aldershot man.
He admits it has taken him a while to settle in after moving from the south. “It has taken me time to adjust,” admitted Dsane, who turned 27 this month.
“I have had a baby, moved to Liverpool and it is totally different people and I am getting used to my surroundings.
"I am enjoying it now as I have got a few goals and the gaffer has taken his time with me.
"It has taken me time to get into the groove and I have been eased in gentley and scoring goals always helps.
"I am getting used to the system and the players and they are getting used to me - they are getting to know my runs etc.
"The gaffer has given me a great opportunity here as I was down and out a couple of years back, had injuries and he has given me a chance and told me to go out and enjoy myself.
"I have to show him a lot of respect for that and thank him for that."
Dsane is competing up against a wealth of strikers at the FES to line up alongside regular top scorer Paul Mullin.
Dsane continued: "I have know Mullers a while and he can score goals. He is a nice guy and puts his arm around my shoulder whenever I need it. I have got a lot of respect for him.
"Saying that, I do need to have a chat with him. I am doing all the hard work and running around, and he is just getting the tap-ins. Age is no excuse!"
It was always set up to be a goal fest on Friday night as there was 11 goals between the sides in the two encounters last season.
And Stanley are known for their entertainment value - Friday’s game made it a century of league matches since the Reds last had a goalless draw.
It lived up to its expectations as it was end to end in the first half and the game could have gone either way.
The Reds were slower out of the blocks with Macclesfield strikeforce Martin Gritton and Francis Green both having an early go.
And the upright kept out winger Danny Thomas’ blast on 28 minutes.
Stanley still threatened though with Mullin forcing a close range save out of Lee and the striker had a free header - but couldn’t find the target.
Dsane also showed signs of what was to come when he broke through with only the Macc keeper to beat but Lee did well to deny him.
The Silkmen’s goalie was beaten on the stroke of half-time but this time the crossbar kept the Reds out after Andy Procter’s head met John Miles’ ball in. Unlike last week, it just didn’t fall for Mullin who was waiting on the goalline.
It was a half-time stalemate but then it was all go with five goals in 23 minutes.
Dsane nicked the ball off the Macc defence on 51 minutes and evaded two challenges before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net from six yards out.
Three minutes later and Dsane once more skipped past former Manchester City man Richard Edghill on the left and played in the perfect cross for Mullin to tap into the net for his seventh goal of the season.
2-0 and Stanley seemed to be cruising especially when Miles’ free kick had to be tipped out of the top corner by Lee.
But the Reds never do anything the easy way and so it proved.
Macclesfield made two substitutions on 64 minutes as manager Ian Brightwell looked to preserve their unbeaten record away from home.
And they were back in it on 70 minutes when Graham Branch was rather harshly judged to have tripped the tricky Green in the area with referee Rob Shoebridge immediately pointing to the penalty spot.
Kevin McIntyre despatched it perfectly and the revival was on.
The Reds had barely recovered from this when a Adam Murray corner found the head of the towering Gareth Evans and it was 2-2.
However, every time the two sides have played the Reds have scored three goals. And it didn’t change within seconds of the restart.
Lee was taken out of action by his retreating defenders and in nipped Dsane for his cheeky goal.
His showmanship did cause tempers to be frayed after and there was still time for more drama with McIntryre’s deflected free kick cleared off the line by Peter Cavanagh in a game you couldn’t take your eyes off.
But Stanley held on although Coleman wasn’t happy despite moving up to eighth on the night - and tenth after Saturday’s games.
"We ended up hanging onto a game when we should have been out of sight. We were so on top it was untrue," he said.
"Some of our football was breathtaking and we went 2-0 up but then for some reason we sat back and I don’t know why.
"We weren’t physically strong enough defensively as a team and, if you are not, you get punished. It is something we will be working on."