Kwesi Appiah scored twice as leaders Cambridge maintained their 100% record at home with victory over Macclesfield.

The Crystal Palace loan striker opened the scoring when he picked the ball up inside his own half and sprinted past three players before lashing in.

His second was a lobbed effort over keeper Rhys Taylor 10 minutes later.

An in-swinging corner from Macc midfielder Jack Mackreth forced Chris Maxwell into a good save, before Josh Gillies fired in a third for the U's.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United manager Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It would be easy for me to say I thought that was our best of the season - but I think it was the most important of the season.

"A lot of people said to me before kick-off that there might be a bit of a backlash (from Sunday's FA Cup loss to Sheffield United).

"But the reality is they just don't know this group. It was an absolutely terrific, tremendous performance.

"Macclesfield aren't bad, but our defensive organisation was brilliant and we always look dangerous."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 06 Miller
  • 02 Roberts
  • 04 Coulson
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Champion
  • 29 Gillies
  • 18 Berry
  • 21 Appiah (Arnold - 87' )
  • 09 Cunnington
  • 17 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 16 Austin
  • 22 Spillane
  • 23 Ledsham
  • 32 Brown
  • 24 Arnold

Macclesfield Town

  • 01 Taylor
  • 03 Andrew
  • 04 Martin (Connor - 23' Booked )
  • 26 Halls
  • 12 Williams
  • 06 Turnbull
  • 23 Whitaker
  • 07 Mackreth
  • 24 Rowe (Kay - 53' )
  • 19 Boden (Holroyd - 79' )
  • 08 Jennings Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Connor
  • 09 Holroyd
  • 15 Lewis
  • 11 Winn
  • 25 Kay
Ref: Simon Bennett
Att: 2,284

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

8 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

90:00 +3:28

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Chris Holroyd tries a through ball, but Chris Holroyd is caught offside.

90:00 +0:38

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

90:00 +0:38

Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

89:11

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

89:11

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

86:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Kwesi Appiah.

86:15

Attempt missed. Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:57

Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

82:47

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

82:47

Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

81:36

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

80:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 3, Macclesfield Town 0. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kwesi Appiah.

78:52

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

78:52

Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

78:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Chris Holroyd replaces Scott Boden.

75:20

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved.

75:08

Attempt blocked. Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:13

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.

69:19

Attempt saved. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

67:40

Foul by Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town).

67:40

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

66:08 Booking

Booking Joe Connor (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

65:13

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Steve Williams tries a through ball, but Steve Williams is caught offside.

64:35

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

64:06

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

63:46

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

62:08

Attempt blocked. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:23

Foul by Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town).

61:23

Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

57:38

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

57:38

Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

56:35

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:22

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

52:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Kay replaces Danny M. Rowe.

51:34

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

50:48

Hand ball by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

50:17

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

50:01

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Kevin Roberts with a cross.

48:44

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

48:44

Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

45:45

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

45:45

Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Macclesfield Town 0.

45:00 +1:27 Booking

Booking Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:21

Foul by Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town).

45:00 +1:21

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

43:12

Foul by Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town).

43:12

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

39:04

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Gillies with a cross.

38:03

Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

38:03

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

37:27

Foul by Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town).

37:27

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

36:43

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

28:40

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

28:40

Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

28:14

Foul by Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town).

28:14

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

26:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, Macclesfield Town 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Cunnington.

24:39

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

22:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Joe Connor replaces Carl Martin because of an injury.

20:57

Attempt saved. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved.

19:45

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

19:45

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

17:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Macclesfield Town 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

16:55

Foul by Josh Gillies (Cambridge United).

16:55

Connor Jennings (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

16:00

Foul by Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town).

16:00

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

13:45

Attempt missed. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

10:15

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

8:37

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Danny M. Rowe tries a through ball, but Danny M. Rowe is caught offside.

8:18

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

7:32

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6:22

Foul by Carl Martin (Macclesfield Town).

6:22

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

3:54

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

3:54

Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

3:09

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.

2:33

Foul by Carl Martin (Macclesfield Town).

2:33

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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