Macc 1st se­cure win de­spite down­pour

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - MAC­CLES­FIELD..........4 BOW­DEN.......................1 HOCKEY CLAIRE BAR­LOW

MAC­CLES­FIELD 1st team played Bow­den in tor­ren­tial rain, caus­ing many of the other teams fix­tures to be post­poned.

The weather con­di­tions proved very test­ing in an al­ready tough match. Macc were held to a 1-1 draw in the home fix­ture ear­lier in the sea­son.

Mac­cles­field were un­set­tled for the first few min­utes, but were then able to cre­ate some fast-flow­ing pass­ing moves.

This forced Bow­den deep into their own half, the pres­sure re­sult­ing in a penalty cor­ner which Bar­low con­verted.

Sarah Duffy then dou­bled the lead af­ter shoot­ing from an acute an­gle and nut­meg­ging the keeper.

The Macc de­fence re­mained tight and the sec­ond half brought more of the same, flu­ent pass­ing this time en­abling O’Con­nor to pounce on a pass into the D, which made the score­line 3-0.

Lots of missed chances fol­lowed un­til an­other cor­ner was con­verted by Emma Houghton on the far post to make it four.

As per­sis­tent as the rain, Bow­den came back to score with only min­utes left on the clock to deny Macc a clean sheet.

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