Macclesfield Town extended their unbeaten run to nine games after a comfortable 1-0 victory against relegation-threatened Guiseley.
A fantastic header by substitute Paul Lewis in the second half ensured the Silkmen took all three points after a solid performance at the Moss Rose.
The first chance of the game fell to Reece Styche five minutes in as he found himself in some space on the edge of the Guiseley area, his finessed effort didn’t cause any real danger to Steven Drench.
Just a few minutes later Oliver Norburn’s free kick just outside the Silkmen box went just inches over Branagan’s net as both sides were looking to break the deadlock early on.
Jack Sampson nearly opened the scoring 20 minutes in, a clinical through ball by Danny Rowe saw Sampson through one-on-one, but an excellent save by Drench ensured the score remained 0-0.
Sampson had another good opportunity to put the Silkmen ahead 10 minutes later, he was on the end of Styche’s cross, but another fine save by Drench denied Sampson.
As Macc continued to press for an opener before the break, 43 minutes in Holroyd playing a fantastic ball over the top for Rowe, however his half-volley from just outside the area fell inches wide to see the first half end 0-0.
As the second half began the first chance came to Guiseley as Norbun was on the end of a cross to glance his header just wide of Branagan’s goal.
The Silkmen were soon pressing again to take the lead, good build-up play between Halls, Turnbull and Fitzpatrick saw Styche played in down the left, his curling effort went just past the far post.
The hosts continued to press to find on opener and after finding some space on the edge of the area a quick-fire shot by Rowe just went over the bar.
Leading goal scorer Kristian Dennis was brought on by John Askey and within seconds he found a driven cross played in to him but he flicked it just inches wide.
As Askey’s side continued to dictate play, Lewis had the next goal scoring opportunity after a tidy one-two with Whitaker, but he could only fire over the bar from a distance.
The pressure finally paid off for the Silkmen and a perfectly delivered corner was met by Lewis at the front post whose glancing header soared straight into the back of the net making it 1-0 to Macc.
After the goal the Silkmen tightened up and controlled the ball to ensure all three points would remain theirs, despite a late threat in injury time after a scramble in the penalty area, but Branagan came to the rescue claiming the ball between a number of players.
Macclesfield Town: Branagan, Halls, McCombe, Pilkington (Byrne), Fitzpatrick, Holroyd, Turnbull, Whitaker, Rowe, Sampson (Lewis), Styche (Dennis)
Subs not used: Diagne, Sutherland
Guiseley AFC: Drench, Toulson, Parker, Lowe, Lawlor (Craddock), Boyes, Hatfield, Johnson, Atkinson, Dudley (Boshell), Norburn
Subs not used: Lockwood, Rothery, Atkinson