Macclesfield Town secured an excellent 2-0 away victory against Cheshire rivals Chester to move within two points of the playoffs.
An Ian Sharp own goal followed by a Kristian Dennis penalty wrapped up the victory for the Silkmen inside the first half and they were unlucky not to find the back of the net on more than two occasions.
Neither side made a threatening start in the opening 15 minutes, however Chris Holroyd created the first dangerous chance for the visitors, a driven cross straight across the face of the goal somehow missed the crowded penalty area, but gave Macc some momentum.
In the 25th minute Macc took the lead through a phenomenal own goal, Danny Rowe created some space on the left and his cross was sliced by defending Sharps and it looped over his keepers head to make it 1-0 to Macclesfield.
Dennis was on the hunt for his 20th league goal of the season and came close 27 minutes in, after finding some space just outside the area, he unleashed an effort only for it to fly over John Worsnop’s goal.
Dennis didn't have to wait long though, and got his goal three minutes later. Macc were awarded a penalty after shirt tugging during a corner, Dennis took responsibility and calmly slotted into the bottom corner making it 2-0 and remained so until half-time.
As the second-half commenced Jack Sampson's inch-perfect cross for Dennis nearly made it 3-0, but Worsnop was there to deny Dennis’ powerful header with a world class save.
The hosts began to press Macc as they pushed to get back in the game, their first real-chance of the game fell to Alex Whitmore 53 minutes in, after a quick counter-attack Whitmore was open in the middle, however blazed his effort wide of Shwan Jalal’s goal from close-range.
As Macc tightened things at the back bringing on Tony Diagne to see out the game, a late break by the Silkmen saw good link up play between Danny Whitehead and Dennis, Dennis found a few open-yards on the edge of the area, but his effort flew over the bar as he searched for his brace and Macc’s third.
2-0 was enough for the Silkmen though who take on Tranmere Rovers in the return fixture of the Boxing Day game this Saturday.