Macclesfield 0 FC Halifax Town 1: Magnificent Town hailed by delighted boss Jim Harvey

HAPPY: FC Halifax Town boss, Jim Harvey.
HAPPY: FC Halifax Town boss, Jim Harvey.
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Jim HARVEY hailed a “magnificent” result after FC Halifax Town beat Macclesfield 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone.

Shaun Tuton’s second-half winner was enough to seal Halifax’s sixth win in nine games under Harvey against a Macclesfield team that could have gone third had they won.

Halifax were the better side at Moss Rose, and Harvey said: “That was terrific. It’s becoming repetitive now with the performances, which have been excellent.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game. Macclesfield have been playing well, winning matches recently and they’re a footballing side. But the boys were absolutely superb and it’s a magnificent result for us.”

Danny Whitaker and Kristian Dennis fired over for the hosts, and only a timely clearance by George Pilkington denied Sam Walker from Jordan Burrow’s knock-down.

Nicky Wroe’s low shot rebounded off the post moments after a vital clearance by Neill Byrne to deny Tuton what would have been a tap-in from Walker’s low cross.

Macclesfield gradually asserted themselves after the restart, bringing a good save from Sam Johnson through Danny Rowe’s low curling shot.

Tuton extended his run of form with his third goal in three games when he slipped the ball under Ritchie Branagan from Kingsley James’s measured pass.

Halifax nearly added a second late on when Kevin Roberts’s volley was tipped behind.

Macclesfield Town: Branagan, Halls, Pilkington, Byrne, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull, Whitaker, Rowe, Sampson (Whitehead 59), Holroyd (Turner 76), Dennis. Unused substitutes: Cowan, Diagne, Sutherland.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Bolton, Brown, Bencherif, Roberts, Wroe, James, Walker (Hibbs 71), McManus, Tuton (Hughes 85), Burrow (J Macdonald 90). Unused substitutes: Porter, Clappison.

Referee: S Ross (Lincolnshire).

Man of the match: Nicky Wroe.