AFC edged out in top of table clash
CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2 LOSTOCK GRALAM.... 2 AFC MACCLESFIELD . 1
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.