Reece Styche bagged a hat-trick as the Silkmen secured an impressive away win at Gateshead this afternoon.
The forward put Macclesfield 2-0 ahead early and then bagged a late third as John Askey's side recorded a superb victory in the North East.
Boss Askey made two changes for the game with Styche and Danny Rowe coming in to replace Kristian Dennis and Danny Whitehead. Elsewhere new loan signing from Barnsley Matty Templeton was on the bench for the Silkmen.
The first real chance of the game came when a clearance from Gateshead keeper Sam Russell was well closed down by Styche who steadied himself before driving in to the box where his effort was saved.
Moments later Styche wasn't to be denied. A long ball over the top once again caused Russell problems and the former Kidderminster man nipped in to round the 'keeper and with all the time in the world smash the ball in to the empty net.
The Silkmen were now well on top and a flowing passing move saw skipper Paul Turnbull and Jack Samspon combine before Turnbull forced Russell in to a good save.
From the resulting corner, Macc did double their lead. Rowe whipped in an in-swinging cross and after the ball ricocheted around the Gateshead box before falling to the feet of Styche who tamped in to the empty goal to make it 2-0 after just 23 minutes
The Silkmen were now fully in to their stride and Sampson nearly made it 3-0 as his powerful shot forced a good save from Russell.
Gateshead needed to change something and boss Neil Aspin introduced Danny Johnson to replace Michael Onovwigun after just 24 minutes.
The Silkmen were pressing for a third and nearly got it when Styche crossed for Danny Whitaker who's header deflected wide for a corner.
Styche was involved in everything and on 39 minutes he was in to the book as well. The striker caught Craig Baxter as he worked hard to close down a clearance. The incident sparked a confrontation in front of the dugouts, but only Styche was booked.
In truth, Gateshead rarely threatened during the first period but they did have a half chance just before the break. John McCombe reacted quickly to clear a dangerous attack and from the resulting corner CJ Hamilton smashed an effort over as the Silkmen went in to the break with a two goal lead.
Macc started the second period in similarly bright fashion with Whitaker testing the home keeper. The Silkmen were really pressing and causing Gateshead problems, but a quick break did see Johnson fire over from the edge of the box for the home side.
John Askey's men did have a degree of control in the game though and very nearly made it 3-0 when McCombe headed a free-kick in to the path of Whitaker who just missed the target with his low drive. Dan Cowan was then introduced to replace Turnbull for the Silkmen as the game moved in to the final 25 minutes.
Macclesfield were still looking dangerous as they headed towards the final ten minutes with Sampson having a curling effort well saved by the Heed 'keeper.
The Silkmen introduced Tony Diagne for the impressive Danny Rowe as the game entered the final five minutes, and then Styche completed his hat-trick.
The forward latched on to a knock-down from Diagne and smashed home from the edge of the box with a stunning finish. Moments later the hat-trick hero was replaced by Chris Sutherland.
Diagne had a late free-kick comfortably saved, but 3-0 was enough to give the Silkmen a superb away win.
Macclesfield: Jalal, Halls, McCombe, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Whitaker, Turnbull, Holroyd, Rowe(Diagne), Styche (Sutherland), Sampson.
Subs Not Used: Branagan , Templeton
Goals: Styche (7,23,87)
Attendance: 948 (48 Macclesfield fans)