A late penalty from Matthew Barnes-Homer was enough for Macclesfield to beat Braintree and put the Silkmen top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

But they had to come from behind to claim a sixth win in eight matches.

Brad Quinton put Braintree ahead from the spot after Nat Brown had fouled Michael Gash in the box.

Barnes-Homer set up John Paul Kissock to equalise before Quinton's handball allowed the striker to seal all three points for Steve King's side.

The Silkmen are a point clear of Forest Green and Wrexham at the top.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Macclesfield

  • 01 Cronin
  • 02 Jackson
  • 05 Brown
  • 06 Charnock
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 12 Mendy
  • 18 Henry (Morgan-Smith - 71' )
  • 19 Kissock (Winn - 86' )
  • 34 Mills
  • 09 Barnes-Homer
  • 32 Holroyd (Fairhurst - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Diagne
  • 23 McNamee
  • 10 Morgan-Smith
  • 11 Winn
  • 20 Fairhurst

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis
  • 19 Wells
  • 06 Quinton (O'Connor - 86' )
  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes (Dawkin - 74' )
  • 17 Mulley (Marks - 89' )
  • 02 Peters
  • 15 Gash
  • 20 Holman

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 05 Paine
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Dawkin
Ref: Toner
Att: 1,509

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

3 4

Corners

2 4

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:54

Corner taken by Nicky Symons from the left by-line, Close range headed effort by Dean Wells clears the crossbar.

90:00 +3:35

Inswinging corner taken by Josh Dawkin, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

90:00 +3:05

The referee blows for offside against Peter Winn. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

90:00 +1:30

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Josh Dawkin.

90:00 +0:04

The ball is swung over by Peter Winn.

88:11

Direct free kick taken by Pat O'Connor.

88:11 Substitution

Substitution Sean Marks is brought on as a substitute for James Mulley.

88:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Charnock on Michael Gash.

87:09

Michael Gash takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Charnock.

86:05

Waide Fairhurst is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Peter Winn comes on in place of John Paul Kissock.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Pat O'Connor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brad Quinton.

84:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Barnes-Homer - Macclesfld 2 - 1 Braintree Power penalty scored by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Macclesfield 2-1 Braintree Town.

84:02

Handball decision goes against Brad Quinton.

83:40

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.

82:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Paul Kissock from the left by-line, save by Danny Naisbitt.

80:50 Substitution

Substitution (Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Waide Fairhurst coming on for Chris Holroyd.

79:19

Adam Bailey-Dennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Holroyd. Direct free kick taken by John Paul Kissock.

73:21

Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

73:21 Substitution

Substitution Josh Dawkin comes on in place of Daniel Sparkes.

73:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer on Nicky Symons.

72:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Chris Holroyd. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution (Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Amari Morgan-Smith coming on for Charlie Henry.

69:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Holroyd on Dean Wells. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

67:36

Foul by James Mulley on John Paul Kissock, free kick awarded. Charlie Henry takes the free kick.

66:17

Michael Gash crosses the ball.

63:42

John Paul Kissock produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

63:21

Chris Holroyd takes a shot.

61:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Arnaud Mendy on Ryan Peters. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

60:46

Charlie Henry delivers the ball.

60:15

Matthew Barnes-Homer produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

59:42

James Mulley concedes a free kick for a foul on John Paul Kissock. Free kick taken by Charlie Henry.

57:56

The ball is crossed by Chris Holroyd, clearance by Michael Gash.

55:55

Arnaud Mendy produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

54:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Paul Kissock by James Mulley. John Paul Kissock takes the direct free kick.

53:30

James Mulley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

51:56

The referee blows for offside. Lance Cronin takes the indirect free kick.

51:26

The official flags Chris Holroyd offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

49:42

The referee blows for offside against Dan Holman. Lance Cronin restarts play with the free kick.

48:17

Dean Wells concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Holroyd. Shot on goal comes in from John Paul Kissock from the free kick.

45:47

Michael Gash takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:38

The ball is delivered by Michael Gash, save made by Lance Cronin.

42:33

Unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Chris Holroyd results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Habergham.

42:07

Dan Holman takes a shot. Save made by Lance Cronin.

41:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Gash. Nathaniel Brown takes the free kick.

40:19

Chris Holroyd fouled by Brad Quinton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathaniel Brown.

36:49

Effort from outside the penalty box by Arnaud Mendy goes wide right of the goal.

35:34

Ryan Peters crosses the ball.

32:23

Ryan Peters sends in a cross.

30:01

Dan Holman concedes a free kick for a foul on Arnaud Mendy. Lance Cronin takes the direct free kick.

28:33

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

27:01

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Arnaud Mendy.

25:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sparkes. Lance Cronin restarts play with the free kick.

25:00

Matthew Barnes-Homer provided the assist for the goal.

25:00 Goal scored

Goal! - John Paul Kissock - Macclesfld 1 - 1 Braintree A goal is scored by John Paul Kissock from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-1 Braintree Town.

22:40

Ryan Peters concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Holroyd. Free kick taken by John Paul Kissock.

21:21

Foul by James Mulley on John Paul Kissock, free kick awarded. John Paul Kissock takes the free kick.

20:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Brad Quinton - Macclesfld 0 - 1 Braintree Brad Quinton scores a placed penalty. Macclesfield 0-1 Braintree Town.

19:19

Penalty awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Brown on Michael Gash.

18:16

Ryan Peters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Holroyd. Nathaniel Brown takes the direct free kick.

17:14

Chris Holroyd has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

14:42

Kieran Charnock is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

14:04

Charlie Henry decides to take the corner short.

10:40

Arnaud Mendy takes a shot.

8:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Mills on James Mulley. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

6:41

Arnaud Mendy takes a shot.

5:58

Effort from inside the area by Dan Holman misses to the left of the goal.

5:29

Kieran Charnock challenges Michael Gash unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Sparkes restarts play with the free kick.

4:11

Charlie Henry sends in a cross.

3:18

Dan Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Brown.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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