Ben Tomlinson's brace helped Macclesfield secure a vital three points at the expense of Northampton.

The former Worksop striker put the Silkmen ahead, blasting home from the edge of the area after a fluffed clearance by keeper Sam Walker.

Marlon Jackson then levelled for Northampton from 10 yards before Tomlinson struck again with a hip-high volley from the edge of the box.

Tomlinson then released substitute Colin Daniel, who fired in the third.

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Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought they defended unbelievably but we kept going second-half and I thoroughly thought we deserved it.

"The lad (Ben Tomlinson) has still got a lot to learn but he's enthusiastic, brave and knows where the net is.

"I got George (Donnelly) in and I always wanted to play the pair of them and today I thought they complimented each other well."

Northampton Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I think for an hour, the game could've gone either way. We're very disappointed because we didn't really give it enough of a go in the last 20 minutes.

"If you give the ball away as much as we did, then they're going to be dangerous.

"We didn't create enough opportunities to win the game. I felt we only had to show a bit of quality in the final third, but we didn't show that."

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

12 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

94:39 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:52 Booking

Booking Tony Diagne receives a yellow card for dissent.

90:00 +1:07

Short corner taken by Waide Fairhurst.

90:00 +0:54

Ross Draper takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.

90:00 +0:11 Substitution

Substitution Sam Wedgbury goes off and Lewis Chalmers comes on.

88:18 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst comes on in place of Ben Tomlinson.

87:10

Assist by Ben Tomlinson.

87:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Colin Daniel - Macclesfld 3 - 1 Northamp'n Colin Daniel finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 3-1 Northampton.

86:36

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, Tony Diagne manages to make a clearance.

85:50 Substitution

Substitution Colin Daniel replaces Matthew Hamshaw.

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Young leaves the field to be replaced by Lumbardh Salihu.

84:58 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Wedderburn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jake Robinson.

83:40

Assist on the goal came from Elliott Hewitt.

83:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Tomlinson - Macclesfld 2 - 1 Northamp'n Ben Tomlinson fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 2-1 Northampton.

81:22

Free kick taken by Sam Wedgbury.

81:22 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

81:06

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Donnelly.

79:10

The offside flag is raised against George Donnelly. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.

77:36

Ross Draper takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

76:00

Carl Tremarco fouled by John Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Wedgbury takes the free kick.

72:23

The offside flag is raised against Ben Tomlinson. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Walker.

70:54 Substitution

Substitution Paul Turnbull goes off and Ashley Corker comes on.

70:29

Close range headed effort by Shaun Brisley goes wide of the left-hand upright.

69:31

Michael Jacobs challenges Ross Draper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Hamshaw takes the direct free kick.

67:42

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line, clearance by John Johnson.

67:29

George Donnelly takes a shot. Paul Turnbull gets a block in.

65:50

Ross Draper takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

65:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury from the left by-line to the near post, Sam Walker makes a save.

64:29

Matthew Hamshaw takes a outswinging corner.

64:07

Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.

63:15

Michael Jacobs produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

61:43

Tony Diagne takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

59:48

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury, John Johnson takes a shot. Ben Tomlinson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Sam Wedgbury.

59:18

Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

56:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Carl Tremarco. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.

54:03

Jake Robinson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

53:29

Ben Tomlinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

49:37

Michael Jacobs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Diagne. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Tony Diagne.

47:13

Tony Diagne takes a shot. Blocked by John Johnson.

45:14

Sam Wedgbury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Michael Jacobs.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:13

Ben Tomlinson challenges Ben Tozer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Walker takes the direct free kick.

43:59

Lewis Young provided the assist for the goal.

43:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon Jackson - Macclesfld 1 - 1 Northamp'n Marlon Jackson finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-1 Northampton.

39:12

Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Brown. Free kick taken by Shaun Brisley.

37:35

Michael Jacobs concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hamshaw. Jose Veiga restarts play with the free kick.

36:42 Booking

Booking Booking for Ben Tomlinson.

35:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Tomlinson - Macclesfld 1 - 0 Northamp'n Ben Tomlinson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-0 Northampton.

33:59

Elliott Hewitt takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

32:18

Foul by Ben Tomlinson on Ben Tozer, free kick awarded. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.

31:56

Tony Diagne takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.

29:59

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Jacobs.

28:00

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Tomlinson.

27:29

Sam Wedgbury takes a inswinging corner.

27:07

The ball is crossed by Matthew Hamshaw, John Johnson manages to make a clearance.

25:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Shaun Brisley. Free kick taken by Sam Wedgbury.

23:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Ross Draper. Free kick taken by Shaun Brisley.

21:26

Ben Tomlinson takes a shot. Ashley Westwood gets a block in.

18:59

George Donnelly produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ben Tomlinson. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

15:59

Adebayo Akinfenwa handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

13:50

John Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Shaun Brisley.

10:16

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs played to the near post, Ashley Westwood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

4:47

Unfair challenge on Marlon Jackson by Ross Draper results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

2:30

Foul by Tony Diagne on Marlon Jackson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.

2:17

Carl Tremarco sends in a cross, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.

0:57

Unfair challenge on John Johnson by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.

0:00

The game begins.

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