John Askey's Wembley-bound Silkmen side kept their outside chances of securing a National League play-off spot alive three years ago today, as they claimed a 3 - 0 victory over Maidstone United at the Moss Rose.
After suffering a 4 - 1 home defeat at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge the previous Saturday, the Silkmen faithful were looking for a response and with less than a minute on the clock the breakthrough was made when Rhys Browne fizzed a low drive into the net from the edge of the area.
This spurred Askey's men into laying siege on the Maidstone goal, as they looked to end the game as a contest in the quickest possible manner.
Danny Whitaker, Chris Holroyd and John McCombe all came within a whisker of doubling our advantage before the break, yet our slender lead remained as the half-time whistle blew.
Having survived the deluge of pressure inflicted on them during the first period, the visitors came out rejuvenated for the second half as they looked to claim something from the game.
Shortly after play resumed, Craig Ross pulled off an incredible double save to deny Joe Piggot and Yemi Odoubade - as the visitors continued to dictate play.
Slowly but surely, The Silkmen reclaimed the ascendancy with Danny Whitaker orchestrating proceedings in midfield. It was through our Magic Man's tenacious play that the ball broke to Browne mid-way through the second period and after beating two men, he could only drag the ball wide of Lee Worgan's near post.
With three minutes left on the clock, our lead was finally extended when Browne advanced into the box - only to be impeded by Seth Nana Twumasi.
The referee pointed to the spot and up-stepped Whitaker to rifle home from twelve yards out.
Two minutes later, Jack Mackreth added a third when he cut inside and fired an emphatic strike into the far corner of the net.
Here are the match highlights -
Macclesfield Town: Ross, Halls, McCombe, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Mackreth, Whitaker, Whitehead (Summerfield 77), Hancox, Browne, Holroyd.