MACCLESFIELD Town ended a run of six league games without a win after picking up a hard-fought victory at Aldershot Town.
Two goals from Chris Holroyd on his return to the side was enough to earn the Silkmen all three points at the Recreation Ground.
The victory had seen Macc move up to ninth place in the table ahead of their trip to Gateshead on Tuesday as the Express went to print.
Holroyd was handed a start after recovering from the illness that saw him miss the home defeat to Forest Green in the previous game, replacing Jack Sampson who dropped to the bench.
New Macclesfield signing Richard Brodie was also part of the substitutes after his loan switch from York City.
Macc had a good start to the match and went close after just three minutes when Jack Mackreth shot narrowly over the bar.
Craig Ross had to be alert in the Macclesfield goal at the other end, making a smart stop to keep out a Nick Arnold free kick.
Holroyd was lively for the visitors throughout the opening stages of the half, firing narrowly wide on 24 minutes.
He made amends for the miss a few moments later though when he made the breakthrough for his side.
A dangerous cross into the box by David Fitzpatrick was turned home by Holroyd at the near post to put the visitors ahead.
That goal appeared to give Macc a boost and they almost doubled their lead straight away when Mackreth tried his luck from the edge of the box, forcing a good save out of Aldershot goalkeeper Jake Cole.
The home side nearly levelled things up just before the interval when Matt McClure volleyed wide, before Cheye Alexander went down in the Macclesfield box looking for a penalty, but the referee instead booked him for simulation.
It didn’t take Macc long into the second half to make it 2-0, with Holroyd getting another goal on 49 minutes.
Danny Rowe managed to find room on the left hand side, allowing him to play in Holroyd who smashed his effort into the back of the net to put his team firmly in the driving seat.
Aldershot tried their best to try and get back into the match, but the Macc defence were holding firm and denying their opponents.
It looked like the Silkmen were the most likely to score again, and they almost did when John McCombe headed inches wide.
Despite their dominance, Macc eventually conceded when Aldershot pulled a goal back in the 68th minute.
Will Evans was able to head home after getting on the end of a free kick to reduce the deficit and make it an interesting end to the game but Macc resisted the home side’s late push and held on for victory.
Ross, Halls, Pilkington, McCombe, Fitzpatrick, Hancox, Whitaker, James, Rowe (Sampson 79’), Mackreth, Holroyd (Brodie 88’). Subs Not Used: Byrne, Madeley, Boot
Macc manager John Askey
Chris Holroyd, left, scored twice to hand Macc victory at Aldershot