Re­freshed AFC bounce back with Cuddington win



FOL­LOW­ING a week’s break from foot­ball, AFC Mac­cles­field re­turned to ac­tion with a vic­tory at Cuddington FC.

The vis­i­tors started the brighter, with cap­tain and lead­ing goal scorer Greg Mathers go­ing one on one with the op­po­si­tion keeper but a fine save de­nied what looked like a cer­tain goal.

Mac­cles­field started to pile pres­sure onto the Cuddington defence, and a per­fect pass by Jonny Ca­vanagh set Sam Wil­liamson on his way but his thun­der­ous left footed ef­fort hit the bar.

Shortly af­ter it was the Cuddington bar again that de­nied Wil­liamson when his am­bi­tions chip from out­side the box left the keeper stranded.

Mathers then found him­self one on one, but this time he de­cided to round the keeper and af­ter all his hard work had been done, he could only find the side net­ting.

Macc started the sec­ond half well and a fine run from winger Chris Allen re­sulted in the Cuddington left back bring­ing him down.

Jonny Ca­vanagh stepped over the ball and curled it into the top cor­ner of the Cuddington net to leave the keeper with no chance.

Un­for­tu­nately, Mac­cles­field took their foot off the gas mo­men­tar­ily and to­tally against the run of play, Cuddington made it 1-1 when their striker beat the off­side trap and squared it to his team­mate who tapped the ball into an empty net.

In­spired by their equaliser, Cuddington pushed for­ward and made it 2-1 af­ter a scram­ble in the Mac­cles­field six yard box re­sulted in the ball even­tu­ally cross­ing the line.

Macc re­fo­cused and started to take con­trol again and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the op­po­si­tion box.

Ca­vanagh stepped over the ball and with Cuddington set­ting them­selves for a shot, he bril­liantly chipped into the path of Chris Cop­pen­hall who slid the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner mak­ing it 2-2.

Five min­utes later, Mac­cles­field took a well-de­served lead when Jack Banis­ter com­pleted the come­back with a fine fin­ish which found the bot­tom right hand cor­ner of the Cuddington net to put his team in front.

Cuddington pressed for the equaliser but the Mac­cles­field defence re­mained solid and five min­utes from time they made it 4-2.

Man of the match Jonny Ca­vanagh broke the off­side trap and found Harry Wheet­man with a cross field ball and Wheet­man scored a fine goal that put the game out of reach of the op­po­si­tion and hand Macc the win.

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