Play-off aim hit
weak shot, Jalal was unable to stop it from finding the back of the net.
The visitors’ misery was compounded on 23 minutes with a further effort, and it was a familiar face this time around.
Ben Whitfield cut-in from the right hand side then crossed the ball to the back post where former Macclesfield man Gnahoua was on hand to add the killer third.
Askey had seen enough and introduced Dennis and Danny Rowe for Reece Turner and Reece Styche despite little over half of the opening period being played, and Macc’s performance did improve slightly.
Danny Whitaker had a chance to bring the game back to life but his shot was saved by Dean Snedker, before Dennis fired wide after being found Rowe.
Whitaker was then denied a penalty at the start of the second half, and when the referee adjudged the contact to be unworthy of a spotkick, it looked like it wasn’t going to be the visitor’s day.
Askey’s men did have their opportunities, though; Jack Sampson being the next to test the host’s goal, before Chris Sutherland had a chance smothered out by the alert Snedker.
At the other end, George Pilkington then performed a great tackle to deny pacey substitute Omari Patrick from getting a potential fourth.
181 travelling Silkmen would yet see their side break Harrier’s resilience, and it was no surprise to see who got the goal.
Dennis was brought down by Zaine FrancoisAngol 25-yards away from goal, and the Stockport County loanee picked himself up to deliver a fantastic free-kick that bettered any of his previous twenty successes on goal this season.
Memories of his spectacular effort are likely to be lost amidst an otherwise forgettable day for Askey’s men, who are now five points adrift of the play-offs ahead of a tricky run of games.
●● Kristian Dennis scored his 21st goal of the season against Kidderminster Harriers