Macclesfield conceded three goals in a 13 minute period in the first half as they lost 3-1 to Kidderminster Harriers in this afternoon's Vanarama National League clash at Aggborough.
Keith Lowe, Harry White and former Silkmen player Arthur Gnahoua gave the Worcestershire side a demanding lead after just 23 minutes.
Kristian Dennis grabbed a consolation goal for Macclesfield in the 90th minute with a stunning free-kick, however the defeat sees John Askey’s side slip down to 12th in the table.
The Silkmen did start the brightest when they quickly won the ball from Kidderminster’s kick off and earned a corner.
From the resulting set-piece, Neill Byrne rose above the Harriers defence to head an effort at goal only to have it cleared off the line by the head of White.
Kidderminster took the lead 10 minutes in from a corner of their own.
Ben Whitfield cross seemed harmless at first, but the ball somehow crept through a crowd of players at the near post before falling to the feet of Lowe who smashed the ball past Shwan Jalal.
The Worcestershire side then doubled their lead just five minutes later.
White found himself one-on-one with Jalal. His shot was poor and directed straight at the Silkmen goalkeeper, who perhaps anticipated a better effort, but the ball managed to hit off him and roll into the net.
Macclesfield’s poor start continued when Gnahoua made it three in the 23rd minute.
Luke Maxwell dribbled past Danny Whitaker before spreading play to Whitfield. The winger cut in from the right and found the oncoming Gnahoua at the back-post who converted his shot in the opposite corner.
Askey took the decision to make a double substitution moments later and introduced Kristian Dennis and Danny Rowe in place of Reece Turner and Reece Styche.
The change saw a more positive performance from the Silkmen in the latter stages of the first half. Whitaker had a chance to pull a goal back but his low drive was saved by Dean Snedker before Rowe created a chance for Dennis whose effort went wide.
The second half began with a penalty appeal from the Macclesfield players as Whitaker went down in the Kidderminster penalty area. Despite pleas from the visiting players and the 181 travelling Silkmen fans, referee Steven Rushton waved play-on.
Macclesfield did improve after the break; Jack Sampson struck a neat half-volley which went just wide in the 56th minute before he later headed the ball down to Chris Sutherland in the 6-yard box.
The winger failed to adjust his feet quick enough to get a decent strike of the ball and Snedker collected.
Dennis got a late consolation in the 90th minute after he was fouled by Zaine Francis-Angol 25-yards away from goal.
The striker dusted himself off and hit the free-kick with precision and pace to find the top corner of the Harriers goal – his 21st in this league campaign.
Macclesfield are now five points behind Dover Athletic who currently occupy the final play-off place with 52 points.
Meanwhile Kidderminster remain in 23rd place but have cut the gap to safety down to seven points.
Kidderminster team: Snedker, Hodgkiss, Maxwell, Langmead, Williams, White, Fane, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Whitfield, Gnahoua
Unused subs: Brown, McQuilkin
Macclesfield team: Jalal, Halls, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull, Whitaker, Sutherland, Styche (Dennis), Sampson, Turner (Rowe (Cowan))
Unused subs: Branagan, Diagne