The Silkmen's FA Cup run ended at the first time of asking this afternoon, going down by 1-0 to League One outfit MK Dons.
In a game of few chances former boss Paul Ince had Lewis Golbern to thank for his side's passage to Round Two, the first half substitute scoring from close range within two minutes of coming on for the injured Martin Devenay.
Macclesfield Town were unfortunate to miss out on a replay as they were narrowly beaten by MK Dons at their 'stadium:mk'.
In a game which was not exactly full of goalmouth action, the Silkmen were far from embarrassed by their hosts, sitting in third place of the division above.
In fact it was the Silkmen who could have opened the scoring in the first minute as Hamza Bencherif's shot tested Gueret in the MK goal and Ross Draper was flagged for offside as he tried to latch on to the rebound.
Easter shot wide for the Dons before John Rooney was warming the 'keeper's hand with a low drive that was tipped around for a corner.
But the Silkmen found themselves a goal down with Dons second meaningful attack of the match 25 minutes in. Lee Bell had thrown himself in front of a shot at goal, but the ball fell to a white shirt who forced a save from Jose Veiga. The ball again fell kindly to the home side and Lewis Goburn, an early sub for the Dons, hit the ball home from the edge of the area.
The Silkmen continued to press for an equaliser but couldn't find the final ball and at the other end Goburn again should have doubled the score, but Jose pulled off a good save to palm around the post before coming out smartly to catch the corner before half time.
Early in the second half the Silkmen supporters were up in arms as Ben Wright chased a ball in the box and looked to be having his shirt pulled off his shoulders, but as he shrugged off the defender the home side were given the free kick.
Moments later the official was under scrutiny again as Lee Bell put in a perfect tackle to win the ball and send Emile Sinclair down the flank, but again he blew in favour of the home side.
From that free kick, Jose had to be in action again to tip a lob over the bar and eventually cleared the danger after the first corner had been cleared behind.
Jason Puncheon was a danger man for the home side after coming off the bench and went close after ghosting past two defenders but struck his shot past Veiga's upright.
At the other end, Ricky Sappleton, on for Ben Wright, almost set up an equaliser when his flicked header set through Emile Sinclair, but the winger's shot was screwed wide.
Jose, who was commanding his area brilliantly then showed he was a quality shot-stopper with a good one handed save from close range and again catching the corner through a crowd of players.
With the game in the last 10 minutes, the Silkmen had their best chances. First Emile Sinclair spotted the 'keeper off his line and lifted a shot over his head which had him scrambling back desperately, only for it to hit the roof of the net, a foot away from the leveller.
Ricky Sappleton then found himself in space in the box but powered his shot at the 'keeper.
With the home side time-wasting at every set-piece and trying to take the ball into the corner to kill the game, the Silkmen had their more illustrious opposition somewhat rattled when Nat Brown came on up front to unsettle them further, but Macclesfield couldn't force a goal which would have led to a deserved replay at the Moss Rose.