Re­venge win pro­vides real win­ter warmer

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - HOCKEY BEN SMITH

COLD weather saw all but one game called off for Mac­cles­field but for­tu­nately Knutsford’s pitch was de­clared safe to play by mid-af­ter­noon.

So Macc made the short jour­ney to play their lo­cal ri­vals in their first game after the Christ­mas break.

Ear­lier in the sea­son Macc had lost 3-0 at home and were in real need of some points.

The first half con­sisted of end-to-end ac­tion with both sides hav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but Knutsford look­ing the more likely to score.

Hearts were in mouths a few times as the ball pinged around the Mac­cles­field cir­cle but they came to noth­ing as shots went wide or were dealt with by goal­keeper JeanClaude Satin.

And just be­fore half-time, against the run of play, Macc hit on a counter-at­tack with Brian Board­man find­ing him­self at the top of the D, slip­ping in Ash Wild for a close-range shot.

It was ini­tially saved but the block dropped back to him to tap in for the opener and a half-time lead.

The sec­ond half saw the ta­bles turn with Macc push­ing to ex­tend their lead.

As Knutsford searched for an equaliser, Macc hit again with a quick at­tack see­ing Adam All­mond-Smith slip in the sec­ond from close range.

With the Macc de­fence tight­en­ing up against an ever-tir­ing Knutsford, the at­tack­ers could range for­ward with Pete Youds find­ing Ben Smith in be­hind the de­fence to round the keeper and hit home their third.

There was a clean sheet and the man-ofthe-match award for Satin but the im­por­tant three points set Mac­cles­field up for the new year in style.

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