Macclesfield Town slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home against Tranmere, however still remain 3 points above the Merseyside club and just four points of the playoffs.
The visitors made a dream start after Steve McNulty headed home from an Adam Mekki corner, but the Silkmen did draw level in first-half stoppage time after Kristian Dennis headed in Chris Holroyd’s cross.
However, against the run of play Rovers struck again through another Mekki corner, this time Michael Ihiekwe turned in the corner to see the visitors take the lead.
Tranmere’s perfect start came after an end to end opening few minutes, McNulty beat everyone in the air to head past Shwan Jalal into the far corner.
Just two minutes later in the 6th minute the man in form Dennis nearly drew Macc level, after good work on the left he cut inside and curled a right-footed effort just over Scott Davies’ crossbar.
The lead was nearly doubled for Rovers again in the 7th minute, again McNulty jumped highest but this time his header glanced just over the goal.
As the Silkmen aimed to restore parity, several long-ranged chances fell to both Paul Lewis and Dan Cowan, however neither were able to find the back of the net.
A clear opportunity fell to Dennis 33 minutes in, a well-rehearsed free-kick saw Paul Turnbull slip in Dennis at the near side, but a smart save by Davies ensured Tranmere kept the lead despite been on the back-foot.
Macc finally got the goal they deserved, after piling on the pressure a Holroyd cross was met by Dennis who beat his man to the ball and headed home to make it 1-1 at the interval.
Tempers flared in the second half as the visitors entered it with three players booked for various incidents and the officials soon turned their attention to the Silkmen players who were punished.
Macc did win a free-kick of their own which was nearly converted from distance, Dennis stepped up and his driven effort flew just past the post as the Silkmen looked to take the lead in the game.
77 minutes in Rovers restored advantage, another Mekki corner was this time met by Ihiekwe, his powerful header had Jalal beaten and put Tranmere in a comfortable position as they tried to kill the game.
Nine minutes later and Macc were reduced to 10-men after Paul Lewis allegedly dived as Macc were applying pressure around the visitor’s penalty area, the decision came as a shock to all after Lewis received the yellow card and not the Rover’s defender and was sent off for his second yellow.
As the hosts went all-out for a late winner nothing fell their way, Danny Whitaker came close after an over-hit cross just landed on the roof of the net allowing Tranmere to run out 2-1 winners.