AFC rampant in Saints demolition
CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TWO AFC MACCLESFIELD ..... 7 FC ST HELENS ................. 1
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.