AFC edged out in top of ta­ble clash

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -


AFC Mac­cles­field nar­rowly came up short on Satur­day when their un­beaten run was brought to an end at top of the ta­ble Lo­s­tock Gralam in the Cheshire Foot­ball League 2.

The game started with both teams putting pres­sure on the op­pos­ing de­fences but it was Lo­s­tock who drew first blood af­ter three min­utes.

From a cor­ner on the right, the ball fell to a Lo­s­tock player who headed the ball to­wards goal but the Mac­cles­field de­fender on the line couldn’t keep it out, making it 1-0 to the hosts.

Macc were just edg­ing the game over Lo­s­tock with some good foot­ball played by both sides. The away side con­tin­ued to cre­ate more chances and a de­served equaliser came on 25 min­utes.

From a free kick just on the half line, Jor­dan Hitchen hit a stun­ning cross field ball to find Mac­cles­field’s top goalscorer, Greg Mathers, who headed the ball home, making it all square at the in­ter­val.

Macc came out for the sec­ond half a more de­ter­mined unit but again squan­dered some early chances and couldn’t get a goal.

In the 65th minute, amidst a goal­mouth scram­ble, Mac­cles­field’s Chris Cop­pen­hall was ad­judged to have fouled a Lo­s­tock player, and against the run of play, a penalty was awarded.

The de­ci­sion by the ref­eree was hotly dis­puted by the Mac­cles­field play­ers, but Lo­s­tock con­verted the penalty to make it 2-1.

From then on it was an up­hill strug­gle for Mac­cles­field as Lo­s­tock packed their de­fence to pro­tect their ad­van­tage and amid al­leged time wast­ing tac­tics, Mac­cles­field couldn’t find a way through.

It meant that Lo­s­tock ran out win­ners, con­demn­ing Macc to their first league de­feat of the sea­son.

There is no game for Mac­cles­field next week, with their next out­ing com­ing away to Eger­ton on De­cem­ber 5 in the JA Wal­ton Chal­lenge Cup.

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