Halifax edged past Macclesfield to move to within one win of being certain of a place in the Conference play-offs.

The hosts dominated early on and had already hit the post through Lee Gregory by the time Marc Roberts tapped in the opener after good work by Lois Maynard from Simon Ainge's corner.

Chris Smith's volley made it 2-0 from Ainge's cross but Scott Boden slotted home to give Macc hope at the break.

Boden almost snatched a late equaliser but his volley was blocked by Smith

The Shaymen's 16th home win of the season means they are in third place in the table with two games to play, and four points clear of Braintree, who are in sixth spot.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 23 Smith
  • 03 McManus
  • 20 Maynard
  • 15 Roberts
  • 22 Ainge
  • 07 Smith (Spencer - 46' )
  • 18 Marshall (Jackson - 77' )
  • 11 Gregory (Wilson - 88' )
  • 05 Pearson
  • 06 Lowe

Substitutes

  • 12 Senior
  • 14 Wilson
  • 28 Crowther
  • 31 Jackson
  • 40 Spencer

Macclesfield Town

  • 01 Taylor
  • 27 Pilkington
  • 03 Andrew
  • 25 Kay (Lewis - 83' )
  • 02 Connor
  • 12 Williams Booked
  • 24 Rowe (Mackreth - 69' Booked )
  • 23 Whitaker
  • 19 Boden
  • 06 Turnbull Booked
  • 11 Winn

Substitutes

  • 07 Mackreth
  • 15 Lewis
  • 20 Branagan
  • 26 Halls
Ref: Ross Joyce
Att: 2,119

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

6 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

90:00 +3:37

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

90:00 +3:37

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:56

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Scott McManus tries a through ball, but Scott McManus is caught offside.

90:00 +2:22

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Scott Spencer tries a through ball, but Scott Spencer is caught offside.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town).

90:00 +1:33

Danny Lowe (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:14

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

89:44

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

89:44

Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

87:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Josh Wilson replaces Lee Gregory.

87:50

Foul by Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).

87:50

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

85:05

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

83:34

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

83:20

Attempt blocked. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Scott Kay.

80:12

Attempt saved. Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) header from the left side of the box is saved.

78:22

Attempt saved. Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by Peter Winn.

77:56

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Marlon Jackson replaces Paul Marshall.

75:08

Attempt saved. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

74:11 Booking

Booking Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:09

Foul by Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town).

74:09

Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

73:19

Hand ball by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

68:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jack Mackreth replaces Danny M. Rowe.

68:11

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

64:19

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

64:03

Attempt saved. Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Paul Marshall with a cross.

63:22

Hand ball by Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town).

62:36

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

62:36

Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

62:10

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

62:10

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

59:07

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

59:07

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

57:51 Booking

Booking Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

57:27 Booking

Booking Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

57:12

Attempt missed. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:04

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:33

Foul by Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town).

54:33

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

53:34

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

53:34

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

51:54

Attempt missed. Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) header from the right side of the box. Assisted by Paul Marshall with a cross.

51:21

Foul by Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town).

51:21

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

49:50

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

47:48

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Scott Spencer replaces Adam Smith.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

45:00 +1:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

45:00 +1:16

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

44:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 1. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Kay with a cross.

42:39

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

37:06

Foul by Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town).

37:06

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

36:23

Attempt missed. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

35:53

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

35:53

Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

35:28

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Adam Smith tries a through ball, but Adam Smith is caught offside.

31:42

Attempt missed. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:01

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

31:01

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

29:48

Attempt saved. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

28:41

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

28:18

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

27:52

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

27:39

Attempt blocked. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:58

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Marshall with a cross.

24:04

Foul by Joe Connor (Macclesfield Town).

24:04

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

21:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 2, Macclesfield Town 0. Chris Smith (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Ainge with a headed pass.

20:36

Foul by Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town).

20:36

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

17:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Macclesfield Town 0. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lois Maynard with a headed pass.

17:00

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

11:34

Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

8:50

Attempt saved. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

6:55

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

6:17

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

2:22

Foul by Joe Connor (Macclesfield Town).

2:22

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

1:18

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

1:18

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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