Goals from Nicky Maynard, Jay O’Shea and Scott Wharton either side of the interval, saw the Shakers keep up with the league leaders Lincoln City.
Ryan Lowe named two changes to Tuesday’s team as Eoghan O’Connell, and Scott Wharton came into the side at the expense of Will Aimson and Byron Moore.
It was almost the dream start for the Shakers after Danny Mayor won the ball back just off the front line. He drove into the box, pulling a ball back to Lavery who couldn’t direct the ball goalwards, allowing the Silkmen to get the ball clear.
Bury continued their good start to the game, O’Shea slipped a brilliant ball beyond the Macclesfield defence for Nicky Maynard. The club's top scorer looked to find the bottom corner across O’Hara but was inches away from being on target.
Maynard was unlucky not to open the scoring in the early stages of the game. Lavery held the ball up well before laying it off to Nicky Adams, who crossed for Maynard, but he missed the target when trying to flick the ball around the corner of the defender and towards goal.
A dangerous ball from David Fitzpatrick on the left almost bounced through to the outstretched foot of Scott Wilson, thankfully Murphy was alert in the Bury goal, punching the ball clear with a Superman-like dive.
Twenty-four minutes into the tie the Shakers had the lead thanks to Nicky Maynard. Adams drilled another low cross into the box which deflected to Lavery whose shot on the turn was blocked, thankfully for the Shakers, it was into the path of Maynard who hit a fierce strike into the top corner via the crossbar.
Another chance for Bury, and again Maynard was involved. He turned his man following a McFadzean throw-in, which allowed him to angle an effort towards goal. It looked destined for the bottom corner before a vital block for Macclesfield quashed the attack.
Ryan Lowe’s side continued their attacking dominance as Danny Mayor weaved his way around the Macclesfield defence, drilling an effort towards goal. It took a vital block from Fiacre Kelleher to keep the ball away from goal.
Mayor had a glorious opportunity to get Bury’s second after some brilliant individual work by Lavery. The Sheffield United loanee held the ball up, dinking it towards McFadzean at the back post, the ball was then pulled back to Mayor who didn’t get his head over the ball before missing the target with a wild effort.
The bombardment on the Macclesfield defence continued. Skipper Nicky Adams battled forward with the ball, finding Mayor who beat his man with a smart drop of the shoulder. The tricky midfielder then slipped a pass into McFadzean who saw a dangerous cross just missed by Nicky Maynard.
The first half flew by, with Murphy’s goal barely being tested. However, there was a chance for Sol Campbell’s men just before the break following a scramble in the box, but the Shakers were able to clear easily.
A rather confident Jay O’Shea tried his luck from just inside the attacking half. He looked to lob O’Hara from an incredible distance, but the ‘keeper was back in time to catch the effort.
HALF-TIME: Bury 1-0 Macclesfield Town
The second period continued in the same manner, with a couple of half chances being created before a wonderful through ball from O’Connell found McFadzean. He laid the ball off to Mayor whose low cross found Maynard. The forward looked for his second of the afternoon, hitting the ball on the turn. Unfortunately, the head of teammate Lavery was in the way of the strike.
Just before the hour mark, Caolan Lavery almost doubled Bury’s lead. A truly remarkable through ball from O’Shea found the forward who pulled his first time shot wide of the target.
Although not as many chances were created in the second period following the first twenty minutes, Bury still looked in control of the game with Rossiter, O’Shea, and Mayor all putting in a brilliant shift to carry on winning the ball back.
Sol Campbell’s side still couldn’t create a clear-cut chance to get into the game. They were limited to half-chances such as Reece Cole who saw a long-range effort straight into the arms of Murphy.
Just over fifteen minutes from time, the Shakers had themselves a penalty following a Nicky Adams corner. Mayor brought the ball down brilliantly with a first touch before seeing his shot blocked by an arm. After referee Eddie Ilderton pointed to the spot, O’Shea made no mistake, sending O’Hara the wrong way to close the gap on Nicky Maynard to just two goals in the fight to win the club's Golden Boot!
Dom Telford almost got the third goal of the game in spectacular fashion. He was played the ball by O’Shea, turning past his man brilliantly with his first touch, he then lasered a strike on goal, which just whistled over the up-right.
Heroic Macclesfield defending kept the score at just 2-0 to the Shakers, throwing their bodies on the line to keep a glimmer of hope for a comeback in the final ten minutes.
Macclesfield almost got one back thanks to ex-Shaker Nathan Cameron. The commanding centre-half flicked a Michael Rose corner towards goal, but just over Murphy’s bar.
The last action of the match saw the Shakers make it 3-0. Scott Wharton opened his Shakers' account following a Nicky Adams free-kick with a towering header, giving O’Hara no chance.
FULL-TIME: Bury 3-0 Macclesfield Town
Bury: Murphy (GK), Thompson, O’Connell, Adams (C), Mayor (87’ Danns), Rossiter, Wharton, McFadzean, O’Shea, Lavery (80’ Moore), Maynard (68’ Telford)
Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Stokes, Cooney, Omotayo
Macclesfield Town: O’Hara (GK), Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Wilson (83’ Biabi), Smith, Welch-Hayes, Maycock (87’ Stephens), Arthur (80’ Martis), Rose, Cameron (C), Cole
Unused Subs: Idem (GK), Durrell, Evans, Demetriou
Attendance: 4,277 with 496 from Macclesfield - thanks for your outstanding support this afternoon!