AFC ram­pant in Saints de­mo­li­tion

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AFC Mac­cles­field re­turned to league ac­tion in dom­i­nant fash­ion with a con­vinc­ing win over FC St He­lens.

Their de­struc­tive dis­play saw them score seven goals, with six com­ing in a one-sided sec­ond half.

Mac­cles­field took the lead mid­way through the first half when Lee Malkin slot­ted neatly into the bot­tom cor­ner to make it 1-0.

The hosts car­ried that lead into the sec­ond half, and it was dur­ing that pe­riod where they ran riot against their op­po­nents.

It was soon 2-0 when good work from Chris Cop­pen­hall al­lowed cap­tain Greg Mathers to cut back onto his un­favoured right foot and place the ball home.

Jack Banis­ter then made it 3-0 af­ter a fan­tas­tic team goal, re­sult­ing in him find­ing the top cor­ner of the net.

Min­utes later, the flood­gates well and truly opened when Mathers grabbed his sec­ond and Macc’s fourth. The home side soon added another when some neat play be­tween Jord Gre­gory and James Wheeler al­lowed Banis­ter to strike the ball on the volley and leave the St He­lens goal­keeper with no chance.

St He­lens pulled one back just af­ter the hour mark when Mac­cles­field’s de­fence tem­po­rar­ily lost con­cen­tra­tion to make the score 5-1.

Their come­back was short lived though when player-man­ager Ed Haslam en­tered the fray and af­ter a good run down the right, crossed the ball to find Banis­ter who grabbed his hat-trick and Mac­cles­field’s sixth.

Man of the match Mathers then fin­ished the game off by grab­bing his own hat-trick with another sublime fin­ish. He is now the league’s top goalscorer hav­ing scored nine goals al­ready so far. this sea­son.

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