Tom's Elliott's eighth goal of the season helped Cambridge end their run of five matches without a win with victory over Macclesfield.

After a drab first half, the U's took the lead when Robbie Willmott collected a long clearance to fire home.

Soon after, Elliott powered in a header from a pin-point James Jennings delivery to double their advantage.

The Silkmen were restricted to long-range efforts, with Matthew Barnes-Homer coming closest to a goal.

Defeat for the visitors ends their run of four consecutive wins in all competitions, and leaves them five points off the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.

Meanwhile Cambridge find themselves two points off the relegation zone in 18th place.

The U's handed a debut to loan signing Jed Steer after Jonathan Hedge conceded six in their last game, a 6-2 defeat by Newport.

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Cambridge United head coach Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"That was a proper team, a proper performance. People want to know if we are going in the right direction and how we want to play and and probably for the first time that's getting somewhere close to it.

"I wouldn't want anyone to think we've made the goalkeeper a scapegoat for what happened on Tuesday because that is not the case but something needed to be done.

"The relationship between the back-line and the midfield-line and the guy behind just hasn't been right. We just felt we needed somebody new."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Cambridge United

  • 33 Steer
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Jennings
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 11 Dunk Booked (Hughes - 78' )
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 18 Berry
  • 22 Willmott Booked
  • 09 Gash
  • 10 Elliott (Shaw - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hedge
  • 05 Wylde
  • 06 Shaw
  • 15 Pugh
  • 17 Hughes

Macclesfield

  • 01 Cronin
  • 02 Jackson Booked
  • 14 Diagne
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 31 Martin
  • 07 Mackreth (Fairhurst - 72' )
  • 08 Murtagh Booked
  • 17 Wedgbury Booked
  • 19 Kissock
  • 09 Barnes-Homer
  • 10 Morgan-Smith (Holroyd - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Mills
  • 18 Henry
  • 11 Winn
  • 20 Fairhurst
  • 32 Holroyd
Ref: Hopkins
Att: 1,821

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

6 7

Corners

3 1

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

88:59

Shot from 20 yards from Keiran Murtagh. Jed Steer makes a save.

87:24

Free kick crossed right-footed by Rossi Jarvis, clearance by Sam Wedgbury.

87:24 Booking

Booking Sam Wedgbury is given a yellow card.

87:10

Foul by Sam Wedgbury on Luke Berry, free kick awarded.

86:28

Craig Braham-Barrett delivers the ball, Rory McAuley manages to make a clearance.

85:39

Waide Fairhurst has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Jed Steer.

84:15 Substitution

Substitution Tom Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Shaw.

83:06

Unfair challenge on Chris Holroyd by Rory McAuley results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Tony Diagne from the free kick.

80:13

Ryan Jackson takes the direct free kick.

80:13 Booking

Booking Robbie Willmott receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

80:06

Robbie Willmott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jackson.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes is brought on as a substitute for Harrison Dunk.

76:14

John Paul Kissock takes the direct free kick.

76:14 Booking

Booking Harrison Dunk is cautioned.

76:02

Harrison Dunk concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Holroyd.

75:37

Michael Gash has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

74:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Braham-Barrett on Tom Elliott. Rossi Jarvis takes the direct free kick.

73:16

The referee blows for offside. Jed Steer takes the indirect free kick.

71:39

Lance Cronin restarts play with the free kick.

71:39 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst comes on in place of Jack Mackreth.

71:39

Tom Elliott is caught offside.

70:40

Effort from outside the penalty area by John Paul Kissock goes wide left of the target.

69:36

Centre by Craig Braham-Barrett, save by Jed Steer.

68:35

Chris Holroyd has a drilled shot. Jed Steer makes a save.

68:09

Robbie Willmott produces a cross, clearance by Tony Diagne.

67:33 Substitution

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

67:02

Harrison Dunk has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

66:33

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Jed Steer.

66:11

The ball is crossed by Jack Mackreth.

63:28

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

62:11

Shot comes in from Robbie Willmott from the free kick, blocked by Sam Wedgbury.

62:11 Booking

Booking Keiran Murtagh is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keiran Murtagh on Tom Elliott.

61:33

Shot from 20 yards by Amari Morgan-Smith. Save by Jed Steer.

60:01

Amari Morgan-Smith produces a cross.

58:15

Harrison Dunk challenges Ryan Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

57:12

James Jennings provided the assist for the goal.

57:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Elliott - Cambridge 2 - 0 Macclesfld Tom Elliott scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Cambridge Utd 2-0 Macclesfield.

56:32

Unfair challenge on Michael Gash by Keiran Murtagh results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

54:39

Assist by Jed Steer.

54:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Willmott - Cambridge 1 - 0 Macclesfld Robbie Willmott finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Macclesfield.

54:02

Rossi Jarvis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

52:17

The ball is swung over by Tom Elliott, Tony Diagne manages to make a clearance.

51:01

Rossi Jarvis takes the outswinging corner, Header from close in by Tom Elliott misses to the right of the target.

49:30

Corner taken by John Paul Kissock, Effort on goal by Keiran Murtagh from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

47:44

Robbie Willmott has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

46:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Ryan Jackson. Keiran Murtagh crosses the ball in from the free kick, Josh Coulson makes a clearance.

45:10

Handball by Tom Elliott. Free kick taken by Sam Wedgbury.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:27

Tom Elliott challenges Sam Wedgbury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lance Cronin takes the direct free kick.

43:16

Kevin Roberts delivers the ball, Carl Martin makes a clearance.

42:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Keiran Murtagh. Carl Martin takes the free kick.

40:25

Foul by Rossi Jarvis on Keiran Murtagh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

39:20

Rossi Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Mackreth. Direct free kick taken by Carl Martin.

38:31

The ball is delivered by Jack Mackreth, save by Jed Steer.

37:49

The official flags Michael Gash offside. Carl Martin takes the free kick.

36:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jackson on Michael Gash. Direct free kick taken by James Jennings.

35:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Gash on Sam Wedgbury. Direct free kick taken by John Paul Kissock.

32:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Wedgbury on Michael Gash. Rossi Jarvis restarts play with the free kick.

29:48

Shot by Matthew Barnes-Homer from 30 yards. Save by Jed Steer.

27:20

Shot by Matthew Barnes-Homer. Save made by Jed Steer.

26:49

The ball is swung over by Ryan Jackson, clearance by Kevin Roberts.

23:46

Free kick crossed right-footed by Rossi Jarvis from left wing, save made by Lance Cronin. James Jennings has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

23:46 Booking

Booking Ryan Jackson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

23:34

Foul by Ryan Jackson on James Jennings, free kick awarded.

21:58

Foul by Luke Berry on Keiran Murtagh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lance Cronin.

20:33

A cross is delivered by Robbie Willmott.

18:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Paul Kissock on Harrison Dunk. Jed Steer takes the free kick.

17:58

Rory McAuley takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

17:15

Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Tony Diagne results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the free kick.

16:45

Effort from just outside the area by John Paul Kissock goes over the bar.

12:33

Ryan Jackson challenges Harrison Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

11:52

Long range effort from Harrison Dunk misses to the left of the goal.

9:41

Keiran Murtagh takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

9:17

Craig Braham-Barrett crosses the ball, clearance by Josh Coulson.

7:58

Centre by Harrison Dunk.

7:15

Jack Mackreth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Berry. Rossi Jarvis restarts play with the free kick.

6:56

Tom Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Braham-Barrett. Tony Diagne takes the free kick.

5:39

Craig Braham-Barrett fouled by Robbie Willmott, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Diagne takes the direct free kick.

5:10

The ball is crossed by Kevin Roberts, save by Lance Cronin.

3:50

Centre by James Jennings, Tom Elliott has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

3:27

James Jennings crosses the ball, blocked by Ryan Jackson.

2:36

Tom Elliott takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin. Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis, clearance by Matthew Barnes-Homer.

1:19

Michael Gash takes a shot. Save made by Lance Cronin.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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