Macclesfield Town recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Ashton United to make it through to the FA Trophy Second Round and set up a long journey to Truro City.
A brace from Paul Lewis and goals by Danny Whitehead and Kristian Dennis gave the Silkmen a comprehensive win in a game that was taking place at the third time of asking. The original tie was abandoned at half time due to adverse weather conditions .The match was then rescheduled for days later but the pitch had failed to dry up enough to let play proceed.
John Askey made several changes to his squad for the tie with the likes of Whitehead, Paul Turnbull and Ritchie Branagan coming in to his side. There were also places on the bench Omar Mbowe, who recently joined on non-contract terms, and Damani Holness.
The Silkmen made a bright start to the game and immediately began to dictate play. On five minutes Lewis nearly got in behind the Ashton defence after a lovely lay-off from Dennis, but a great last-ditch tackle denied him a route to goal.
Moments later it was Lewis who had the first effort on goal as he headed a David Fitzpatrick cross wide.
Fitzpatrick was causing Ashton problems and on 14 minutes it was his run in to the box that lead to the opening goal. Paul Phillips raced out to Fitzpatrick but was beaten to the ball and the referee gave a penalty much to the disgust of the Ashton man. Dennis stepped up and confidently slotted the penalty home.
Dennis and Rowe both had efforts from distance before Ashton had their first chance of the game as Joel Melia's effort deflected wide.
Rowe really should have made it 2-0 on 37 minutes but he couldn't convert from close range, but moments later Macc did double their lead. Fitzpatrick once again attacked down the left and his cross was met by Lewis who powered a header home.
Macc were now well on top and in added time at the end of the first-half it was 3-0. A slick passing interchange saw Holroyd have space in the Ashton box. He took his time and found Whitehead who confidently rolled the ball in to the corner of Phillips' goal to make it an excellent first-half for the Silkmen.
There was no let-up after the break from Askey's side with Lewis quickly bagging his second of the game. The midfielder showed tidy feet in the Ashton box before a cool finish to make it 4-0.
To their credit Ashton were coming more in to the game with Branagan in the Silkmen goal having to make a smart save to divert a Jeff King effort on to the post. King would have been flagged offside had he scored though. Moments later Branagan was on hand to rush out and deny Martin Pilkington.
John Askey then took the opportunity to replace Dennis, Whitehead and Holroyd who were replaced by Chris Churchman, Mbowe and Holness respectively.
New signing Mbowe was clearly out to impress and showed some neat touches before rifling an effort over the Ashton bar as the game entered the final 10 minutes.
From there on in the game was played out in fairly even fashion as the Silkmen booked their place in the Second Round
The Silkmen will now make the long journey to Truro in the Second Round. That tie will be played over the weekend of Saturday 16th January. Full details will be announced in due-course.
Macclesfield: Branagan, Cowan, Halls, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull, Whitehead, Lewis, Holroyd, Rowe, Dennis
Sub not used: Jalal
Goals: Dennis (14), Lewis (40, 50), Whitehead (45+1)
Attendance: 610 (79 away fans)