Macclesfield Town moved up to within a point of the league leaders with a 2-0 win over Aldershot Town.
Goals from Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell earned the spoils for the hosts as Macclesfield put on a clinic against high intensity opposition.
The action well and truly got underway in the first minute as Macclesfield quickly turned defence into attack when Scott Wilson latched onto a long ball forward and headed for the byline.
His low cross went through the legs of Mitch Hancox but disappointment was avoided as Ryan Lloyd snuck in at the back post to snatch his first goal of the season after only 20.19 seconds.
Following on from that stunning start, Macc pressed for a second but home fans were left holding their breath on the 15-minute mark as Elliott Durrell went down following an aerial duel with the opposition defence. Fortunately for Macc the winger showed his grit and was quick back onto the field after receiving some treatment.
The visitors slowly began to grow into the game in the following periods. Cheye Alexander found himself the danger man down the left-hand side as he gave skipper Jared Hodgkiss a headache on his first home appearance.
Jim Kellermann dictated the tempo of much of the first-half from the centre of the Shots’ midfield, and chances went begging for Rendell and Fowler as the visitors probed for an equaliser.
But Macc were creating chances and Danny Whitaker had the chance to double the lead when he was slipped through by Danny Whitehead, but a superb tackle from Will De Havilland resulted in a corner in the last real action of the first-half.
Elliott Durrell was in the mix again right from the off at the start of the second-half, receiving the ball from Mitch Hancox on the edge of the area but firing his shot just over the bar.
But it wasn’t long before he got his goal, though, as he collected the ball in a similar position on the edge of the box on the 58th minute. This time round, Durrell shifted onto his right foot, spotted the top corner, and fired home from 18-yards before celebrating with his teammates.
Shwan Jalal was called into action at the other end as he made a great reflex save from close range, before Danny Whitaker was denied in similar circumstances up the other end.
With ten minutes remaining Mitch Hancox showed his defensive capabilities with a fantastic challenge in the middle of the park on Aldershot’s Manny Oyeleke, who was left limping for the remainder of the match.
Shots continued to try a long-ball game as the clock ticked on but it was to no avail, as the robust defence stood strong to seal the clean sheet and all three points.
Macclesfield: Jalal; Hodgkiss, Lowe, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick; Whitaker (Kennedy 85’), Whitehead, Lloyd; Durrell (Burgess 75’), Wilson (Marsh 81’), Hancox.
Subs: Marsh, Kennedy, Toure, Burgess, Arthur.
Aldershot: Cole, Alexander, Oyeleke, Rendell, McClure, De Havilland (Evans 57’), Kellermann, Rowe (Robert 61’), McDonnell, Fowler (Fenelon 54’), Reynolds.
Subs: Evans, Fenelon, Gallagher, Smith, Robert.
By Adam Washbrook