Macclesfield secured back to back wins in the National League after a dominant 2-1 victory against rivals Woking to follow up mid-week success against Grimsby.
Kristian Dennis opened the scoring for Macc 13 minutes in after capitalising on Jake Cole’s blunder in the Woking goal. The lead was doubled in the second half when defender Neil Byrne found himself in the area, he latched on to a Dennis pass to tap in to an empty net.
The visitors did manage to pull a goal back with just minutes remaining as Joey Jones produced a clinical finesse effort which flew past Shwan Jalal.
The Silkmen started off on top and nearly found the breakthrough three minutes in when Paul Turnbull’s through ball nearly meets Danny Rowe, but Cole was quick off the mark to intercept just as it looked promising.
Minutes later Dennis nearly managed to edge Macc ahead, a half-volley from the edge of the area just missed the far post. Dennis again had a chance to break the deadlock in the seventh minute after latching onto a Neil Byrne cross, he controlled it but a fine stop by Cole prevented Dennis.
The breakthrough finally came 13 minutes in, it was again Dennis who netted for his sixth goal of the season, a handling error by Cole allowed Dennis to tap into an empty net from inside the area to give Macc an early advantage.
Woking came close to an equaliser 21 minutes in, a corner found defender Terell Thomas but his header scraped over the crossbar as it had Jalal beat.
Macc came close to doubling the lead, excellent skill by Paul Lewis just outside the area saw him flick the ball over the opponents head before firing a volley just over the crossbar.
Full-back Tony Diagne came closest next 43 minutes in as he leaped highest to meet Danny Whitaker’s corner, but his header was excellently saved as it flew towards the top corner.
Macclesfield went in to the break after dominating the first half, they were nearly rewarded in the last seconds, but Paul Turnbull’s free-kick just missed the far post leaving the Silkmen with a 1-0 lead going into the break.
A steadier second half saw Woking create a few chances, but 61 minutes in Macc doubled their lead, pressure from a corner lead to Dennis rolling the ball to Byrne who tapped in to an empty net to score his first goal for the Silkmen.
Dennis continued to look dangerous throughout the second half, but numerous efforts fired wide and were comfortably saved by Cole.
Woking did manage to pull a goal back a late goal 86 minutes in, Joey Jones found some space and without hesitation executed a brilliant curling effort into the far corner past Jalal. Solid defending from the hosts allowed them to see out the game 2-1 to deservedly earn all three points.