Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Chester FC 0.
Danny Whitehead's second-half winner edged Macclesfield closer to an English Football League return as they opened up a nine-point lead by beating Chester.
The Silkmen took full advantage of second-placed Sutton's loss to Bromley as Whitehead's cool finish just after half-time earned them their third successive victory.
The visitors, who look increasingly likely to go down, threatened early on through James Akintunde and Harry White but it was Macclesfield who went ahead when Whitehead turned home George Pilkington's cross.
Chester pushed for a leveller but Shwan Jalal brilliantly denied James Jones and then White to earn the home side a vital three points.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 18WhiteheadSubstituted forBurgessat 59'minutes
- 8MarshSubstituted forKennedyat 80'minutes
- 19De Girolamo
- Thomas Bramall
Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Chester FC 0.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Kieran Kennedy replaces Tyrone Marsh.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Burgess replaces Danny Whitehead.
Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Chester FC 0. Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town).
Second Half begins Macclesfield Town 0, Chester FC 0.
First Half ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Chester FC 0.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.