Date: 16th March 2010 at 10:29am
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The Silkmen turned the form book on its head with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Bury at the Moss Rose in a game still tinged with a great deal of sadness about the untimely death of manager Keith Alexander.

Before the match representatives of Keith`s former clubs laid wreathes before the young side the gaffer had put together continued to pay tribute to him on the pitch with their seventh point in three games.

Misfiring bury, who have now gone seven matches without a goal that hasn`t come from the penalty spot, had several half chances to score but the Macclesfield defence threw themselves in front of every shot. And when they were beaten, Jon Brain wasn`t as he earned his eighth clean sheet of the campaign.

But the Silkmen were more clinical, and it has to be said, more fortunate in front of goal and opened the scoring in the first half.

Emile Sinclair was the architect as he ran down the right and picked out Ben Wright with a low cross. Fittingly it was two players who had been on the end of a lot of grief from the supporters earlier in the season who combined to score as Ben sidefooted the ball goalwards and saw it slip under the despairing lunge of a Bury defender to sneak in at the far post.

Bury`s cause wasn`t helped just before half time when striker Ryan Lowe got into a tussle with Sean Hessey and threw an elbow as the sides were waiting for a corner. He was given a red card for his troubles.

With only 10 men, Bury put in a spirited fight but couldn`t break down the Macclesfield back line. Sinclair and Wright had combined again to see a low shot into the corner saved before Craig Lindfield doubled the lead.

Nat Brown had the initial shot on target which was blocked on the line, but Lindfield reacted fastest to swivel to volley the ball in.

A late scare when former Silkman Tom Elliot forced an excellent save from Jon Brain passed and the Moss Rose cheered another vital three points in the name of the Gaffer.