A dominant Macclesfield performance saw the Silkmen remain at the top of the Vanarama National League after beating Barrow 3-1 at the Moss Rose.
Goals from Mitch Hancox, Danny Whitaker and Elliott Durrell sealed the victory after Luke James briefly gave the visitors the lead.
The win was the fifth on the bounce for the Silkmen and keeps them two points ahead of Sutton.
After the Silkmen’s last two games had been postponed, John Askey made one change from Macc’s last outing over Maidenhead. Scott Wilson replaced Tyrone Marsh in the starting XI with Marsh dropping to the bench.
Wilson was eager to make the most of his starting role and five minutes into the first half he sprung the visitors offside trap to connect with Elliott Durrell’s excellent cross, but he couldn’t direct his shot on target.
However, despite the Silkmen’s good start, it was Barrow who went on to break the deadlock on 11 minutes. Luke James did well to weave through the Macclesfield defence and he unleashed a powerful strike from just outside the box which found its way into the bottom corner.
Despite going behind, the score line didn’t seem to affect the Silkmen. Elliott Durrell was proving to be a constant thorn in Barrow’s side with his deliveries and he almost set up the equaliser not once but twice.
Firstly, his superb cross was met by the head of Mitch Hancox but Steve Arnold in the Barrow goal spectacularly kept the score at 0-1 with close-range save.
Then the wide man fizzed a cross into the six-yard-box only to see the danger cleared by Barrow’s defence just in time, before an attacker could poke the ball in the net.
Shwan Jalal was called into action when Luke James had a second go at goal, but the Macclesfield number 1 was equal to the effort, pushing the ball behind for a corner.
However, ten minutes from half-time the Silkmen had their just rewards when Mitch Hancox levelled the scoring in emphatic style. The ball dropped to the winger twenty-five yards out from goal and he hit a thunderbolt of a strike into the corner of the net leaving Arnold with no chance.
HT: Macclesfield 1 Barrow 1
It was Macclesfield who started the second-half the brighter of the two sides. Oliver Cook did well to clear away the danger from two Silkmen attacks, with one clearance off the line and Danny Whitehead tried his luck from range in the opening minutes of the half.
Luke James had a rare chance for the visitors, but he dragged his shot wide when he was through on goal. Whereas down at the other end of the pitch Arnold was keeping Macc and the lively Durrell at bay with another fantastic save.
After the hour Macc there was no change in proceedings with Macclesfield still testing to Barrow defence to their limits.
However, 20 minutes from time the Silkmen finally had the lead. Mitch Hancox’s mazy run resulted in him being fouled in the box and referee Mr Dicicco pointed to the spot.
Danny Whitaker stepped up to take the spot-kick and he made no mistake, sending the ball to the left and past Arnold.
After the goal, Macc didn’t shut up shop and Askey’s men almost made it 3 when Wilson beat the offside trap only to see Arnold equal to his effort.
Although it was three on 77 minutes when Durrell added to the score line. The winger controlled the ball brilliantly and turned to go through on goal, where he duly smashed the ball low and hard past Arnold to make it 3-1.
Barrow did try and claw back a consolation goal when Lewis Walters went through on goal, but he fired his shot well over the bar when it mattered most and the score line didn’t change
FT: Macclesfield 3 Barrow 1
Attendance: 1,748 (146 Barrow)
Macclesfield Starting XI: Jalal, Hodgkiss ©, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington, Durrell (Richards 87’), Wilson, Blissett, Hancox (Burgess 84’), Whitehead, Whitaker
Subs not used: Ramsbottom, Marsh, Kennedy
Barrow Starting XI: Arnold, Jones, James, Diarra, White (Waterson 77’), Hall ©, Holt (Walters 58), Barthram, Gomis (Panayiotou 66’), James, Cook
Subs not used: Macdonald, Bauress
By Andrew Gate