Waide Fairhurst's double helped Macclesfield to victory at Braintree in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The hosts had the better of the early chances, with Macc keeper Lance Cronin saving well from Sean Marks's volley.

But the Silkmen, who beat Championship leaders Cardiff in the FA Cup on Saturday, went ahead through Amari Morgan-Smith's neat finish.

Fairhurst doubled the lead from close range, before sealing victory with his second from a similar distance.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 28 Watts
  • 07 Symons
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes (Daley - 68' )
  • 17 Mulley (Dack - 82' )
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman (Sheppard - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Paine
  • 12 Daley
  • 26 Hunt
  • 29 Dack
  • 14 Sheppard

Macclesfield

  • 01 Cronin
  • 05 Brown
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 34 Mills
  • 07 Mackreth
  • 08 Murtagh
  • 17 Wedgbury Booked
  • 18 Henry
  • 10 Morgan-Smith Booked
  • 11 Winn
  • 20 Fairhurst

Substitutes

  • 13 Mills
  • 14 Diagne
  • 16 Yiadom
  • 28 Gnahoua
Ref: Horwood
Att: 502

Match Stats

Shots

19 11

On target

5 7

Corners

1 7

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:14

Amari Morgan-Smith fouled by Bradley Dack, the ref awards a free kick. Pablo Mills takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:40

Shot from a long way out by Kenny Davis goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:24

Effort on goal by Waide Fairhurst from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

88:06

Bradley Dack produces a cross, Sam Wedgbury manages to make a clearance.

87:34

A cross is delivered by Nicky Symons, clearance made by Craig Braham-Barrett.

85:39

Nathaniel Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Kenny Davis has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Lance Cronin.

84:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Wedgbury on Bradley Dack. The ball is sent over by Kenny Davis, Sean Marks has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution Kaine Sheppard is brought on as a substitute for Dan Holman.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution Bradley Dack comes on in place of James Mulley.

81:04

Waide Fairhurst takes a shot.

80:51

Peter Winn sends in a cross, save made by Nathan McDonald.

79:06

Sam Wedgbury provided the assist for the goal.

79:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Waide Fairhurst - Braintree 0 - 3 Macclesfld A goal is scored by Waide Fairhurst from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-3 Macclesfield.

78:00

Effort on goal by Dean Wells from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

72:53

Corner taken by Peter Winn, save by Nathan McDonald.

72:46

The ball is sent over by Keiran Murtagh, blocked by Sean Marks.

72:26

Centre by Keiran Murtagh.

71:39

Inswinging corner taken by Peter Winn from the right by-line.

71:25

Waide Fairhurst sends in a cross, Dean Wells manages to make a clearance.

71:05

Ryan Watts crosses the ball, clearance made by Keiran Murtagh.

69:08

The ball is crossed by Jack Mackreth, save made by Nathan McDonald.

68:23

The ball is delivered by Jack Mackreth, save made by Nathan McDonald.

68:01

Dan Holman produces a cross, save by Lance Cronin.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Luke Daley comes on in place of Daniel Sparkes.

66:23

Peter Winn provided the assist for the goal.

66:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Waide Fairhurst - Braintree 0 - 2 Macclesfld Goal scored by Waide Fairhurst from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Macclesfield.

65:46

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn from the left by-line, Dean Wells makes a clearance.

65:06

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn from the right by-line, Pablo Mills takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Wells.

64:55

The ball is swung over by Jack Mackreth, clearance by Alan Massey.

63:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Peters on Keiran Murtagh. Peter Winn takes the free kick.

62:24

Peter Winn takes the inswinging corner, Nathaniel Brown takes a shot. Clearance by Nicky Symons. Waide Fairhurst sends in a cross, Dean Wells manages to make a clearance.

60:20

Dean Wells produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

59:44

Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

59:44 Booking

Booking Sam Wedgbury is booked.

59:35

James Mulley fouled by Sam Wedgbury, the ref awards a free kick.

58:46

Unfair challenge on Amari Morgan-Smith by Dean Wells results in a free kick. Pablo Mills restarts play with the free kick.

57:30

Waide Fairhurst is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

56:51

A cross is delivered by Dean Wells, clearance by Pablo Mills. Centre by James Mulley, clearance by Pablo Mills.

53:01

The ball is crossed by Ryan Peters, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Dan Holman misses to the right of the target.

51:54 Booking

Booking Amari Morgan-Smith goes into the book.

50:33

The ball is crossed by Jack Mackreth, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

48:01

Daniel Sparkes produces a cross, clearance by Peter Winn.

47:05

Kenny Davis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Winn, save by Nathan McDonald.

45:46

A cross is delivered by Dean Wells, clearance by Waide Fairhurst.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:40

Unfair challenge on Nicky Symons by Sam Wedgbury results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis, Sean Marks has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Brilliant save by Lance Cronin. Dan Holman produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

45:00 +0:06

Centre by Dan Holman, clearance by Peter Winn.

44:03

James Mulley sends in a cross, Sam Wedgbury makes a clearance. Nicky Symons produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

42:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Marks on Sam Wedgbury. Pablo Mills restarts play with the free kick.

41:51

Charlie Henry produces a cross.

40:36

The ball is crossed by Dean Wells, save by Lance Cronin.

39:51

Foul by Sam Wedgbury on Dan Holman, free kick awarded. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

38:59

The ball is sent over by Jack Mackreth, clearance made by Ryan Peters.

37:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Brown on Sean Marks. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from right channel, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

37:36

The ball is swung over by Craig Braham-Barrett, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

36:30

The ball is delivered by Sam Wedgbury, clearance made by Alan Massey.

35:14

The ball is delivered by Craig Braham-Barrett.

34:46

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

31:41

Assist by Waide Fairhurst.

31:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Amari Morgan-Smith - Braintree 0 - 1 Macclesfld Amari Morgan-Smith scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Macclesfield.

31:27

The ball is delivered by Waide Fairhurst,

29:47

Craig Braham-Barrett delivers the ball, Ryan Watts makes a clearance.

29:09

Dan Holman takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

28:17

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Sparkes goes over the bar.

26:42

Corner taken by Peter Winn from the right by-line. The ball is sent over by Charlie Henry, save by Nathan McDonald.

26:27

Jack Mackreth takes a shot. Save made by Nathan McDonald.

25:18

Jack Mackreth produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

22:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Keiran Murtagh.

21:56

Dan Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Brown.

21:12

James Mulley produces a cross.

19:35

Shot from long range by Kenny Davis goes wide of the left-hand post.

18:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Amari Morgan-Smith. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

18:09

Waide Fairhurst takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

16:49

Dan Holman has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

15:48

Kenny Davis challenges Keiran Murtagh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

15:12

Effort on goal by Kenny Davis from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

14:23

A cross is delivered by Jack Mackreth, clearance by Ryan Peters.

12:27

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn from the right by-line, Kenny Davis makes a clearance.

12:13

The ball is crossed by Charlie Henry, Kenny Davis makes a clearance.

11:02

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Nathaniel Brown results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, Foul by Sean Marks on Lance Cronin, free kick awarded. Lance Cronin takes the free kick.

10:35

Amari Morgan-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

9:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Braham-Barrett by Daniel Sparkes. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

9:19

Sean Marks has an effort at goal. Save by Lance Cronin.

8:41

Centre by Craig Braham-Barrett, Ryan Peters manages to make a clearance. James Mulley fouled by Keiran Murtagh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

7:54

Keiran Murtagh concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Symons. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells. Ryan Peters crosses the ball, Peter Winn makes a clearance.

7:12

Jack Mackreth has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

5:41

Ryan Watts concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Mackreth. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Winn from right channel, Kenny Davis makes a clearance.

1:58

Nicky Symons takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Wedgbury.

1:28

Foul by Sam Wedgbury on Nicky Symons, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

0:50

Daniel Sparkes has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

0:00

The game begins.

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