The Silkmen have only made one previous trip to Crawley Town and this came back in August 2011, as The Red Devils hosted their first ever EFL fixture.
The home contingent were understandably in buoyant mood and despite Emile Sinclair passing up a number of guilt-edged chances in the opening exchanges, they asserted their dominance on proceedings as the game developed.
Former Silkman Tyrone Barnett broke the deadlock when he latched onto a Scott Davies corner and powerfully headed past Jose Veiga in the Macc goal.
The hosts doubled their lead when Wesley Thomas' innovative headed looped over Veiga and into the far corner of the net - despite the fact that the Cape Verde international had made a string of breathtaking saves during the intervening period.
Crawley could have extended their lead further, yet a combination of last-gasp defending and incredible goalkeeping prevented the margin from being greater.