Macclesfield Town extended their unbeaten run to five games after a brilliant 1-0 performance against Gateshead at the Moss Rose.
Kristian Dennis put the Silkmen ahead just before the hour mark after slotting home from close range after a clever run by Danny Rowe allowed him to play Dennis through on goal who put his effort home with ease.
The Silkmen were forced into an early change as Jack Sampson limped of the pitch as was replaced by Lindon Meikle inside 10 minutes.
The visitors nearly took the lead 22 minutes in as Ryan Bowman was at the end of a cross from the right, however his header just scraped the crossbar before heading over the bar.
Gateshead defender James Curtis was booked for a late challenge on Danny Rowe, the resulting free kick found Tony Diagne in the area, but his header was comfortably saved by Sam Russell.
Macc continued to apply the pressure before the interval, Danny Rowe came close after cutting in from the right, his drilled shot initially looked an easy save for Russell, but the away keeper spilled it for a Macc corner.
Danny Whitehead came closest next one minute before the break, a storming run from the middle of the park saw him reach the edge of the area before a driven shot just edged past Russel’s far post seeing the sides head into the break level at 0-0.
The Silkmen started the second-half of well and Dennis nearly found a goal on his full-return after missing a couple of games through injury, Meikle charged down the right before finding Dennis by the penalty spot, but his final execution was deflected wide for a corner.
Dennis opened the scoring for Macc 59 minutes in to get his 10th goal of the season, Rowe was on the edge of the area and played a precise through ball for Dennis who slotted home smartly past Russell to make it 1-0 to the Silkmen.
Just one minute later the lead was nearly doubled, Whitehead again outside the area had a long range effort but it was well saved by Russell.
Danny Whitaker came closest next again with a long distance shot as Macc continued to apply the pressure on the visitors’ goal but Russell parried the effort before clearing it away.
Desperate for a second the Silkmen made a quick counter attack on the 63rd minute, Whitaker on the edge of the area played it over to Rowe on the left, but his powerful effort could only find the side netting as Macc were unlucky not to find a second goal.
Dennis came closest next to make it 2-0 as he was played through on goal but a good stop by Russell again denied Macc of extending the lead.
As the hosts continued to produce goal scoring opportunities, their resilient defending was breached once on the counter-attack 78 minutes in and Gateshead managed to put the ball in the back of the net, however the effort was ruled offside to the relief of Macclesfield.
A solid final ten minutes for the Silkmen ensured they deservedly earned three points with the 1-0 victory and moved up to 11th in the National League table.