Advantage Aldershot Town, as they break into the top five after an away victory at Macclesfield Town, who lose ground on the chasing pack in the race for the play-offs in the National League.

It was a bright start for the hosts in the early stages after victory away at Chester in midweek, after Rhys Brown broke into the box but was unable to find a Macclesfield shirt in the box.

The Silkmen were unlucky again later on in the half when a Luke Summerfield free-kick was whipped into the box but was unable to find anyone in the box to give Macclesfield the lead.

Aldershot had a chance in a game rare of opportunities in the first half when Bernard Mensah put the ball in the net for Aldershot, only to be ruled out for offside.

Macclesfield started the second half well, when Ollie Norburn was able to pick out Luke Summerfield in the box, he nodded it to Rhys Browne in the middle, but could only direct a header on to the roof of the net.

Aldershot finally broke the deadlock in the 59th minute, when Kundai Benyu found space in the middle of the Macclesfield defence before running through and slotting into the bottom corner.

With seven minutes to go, Aldershot made sure of the three points with a second goal, Flinders could only divert an optimistic shot from Jake Gallagher into the path of Matty Mclure who bundled it in for his 7th goal of the season.

Macclesfield had a chance late on when Holroyd’s long range effort was tipped around the post by Shots’ keeper Jake Cole.

Aldershot move into the playoffs heading into next week’s game against Solihull Moors. Whereas, Macclesfield followed this result up with a disappointing  2-0 loss to FA Trophy final opponents York City at the Moss Rose.

Attendance: 1587 (223 away fans).

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