Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 4.
Tranmere Rovers 1-4 Macclesfield Town
Leaders Macclesfield sent out a clear warning in the National League title race with an emphatic 4-1 win away to fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere.
Danny Whitaker and Elliott Durrell scored two goals apiece as the visitors pulled five points clear in front of a crowd of 7,385. Tranmere dropped to sixth, a further two points back.
Macclesfield had to wait until first-half stoppage time for their opener, with Whitaker converting after Durrell put the ball into the box, and were pegged back by Andy Cook four minutes into the second half.
Durrell's long-range strike quickly restored the lead, though, and Whitaker added a penalty after Liam Ridehalgh was penalised for handball.
Durrell struck again on the counter and Mitch Hancox had one cleared off the line as rampant Macclesfield finished the job in style.
Match report provided by the Press Association.
- 15NorburnBooked at 25mins
- 5PilkingtonBooked at 31mins
- 7DurrellSubstituted forBurgessat 81'minutes
- 8MarshSubstituted forEvansat 77'minutes
- Peter Wright
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 4.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Burgess replaces Elliott Durrell.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Callum Evans replaces Tyrone Marsh.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 4. Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 3. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) converts the penalty with a.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 2. Elliott Durrell (Macclesfield Town).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Macclesfield Town 1. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers).
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Macclesfield Town 1.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Macclesfield Town 1.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Macclesfield Town 1. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).
George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.
Oliver Norburn (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.