Macc Ladies lose out on re­turn to ac­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - HOCKEY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Ladies lost out 4-3 at home against Ne­ston in their open­ing game of the year.

It was a tough con­test from the start with Ne­ston tak­ing an early lead via a goal con­verted from a short cor­ner.

Mac­cles­field worked hard, putting pres­sure on Ne­ston with Vicky Haylings and An­gela Duffy work­ing to­gether, re­leas­ing the ball to the for­wards.

Mac­cles­field were de­ter­mined to get a goal and their hard work paid off when they were awarded a short cor­ner from which Claire Bar­low scored with an ex­cel­lent strike from the top of the D.

With some great call­ing and work­ing to­gether, Mac­cles­field put pres­sure on the Ne­ston de­fence, but they were un­able to score thanks to some ex­cel­lent saves from the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper.

Ne­ston counter at­tacked and were awarded a short cor­ner which they con­verted to make it 2-1 at the break.

A de­ter­mined team talk saw the home team come out stronger and quicker at the start of the se­cond half.

Great pres­sure by Emma Hor­ton on the de­fence caused an er­ror and she con­verted the goal from an acute an­gle.

It was an evenly con­tested game in the se­cond half, but it was Ne­ston who stepped it up with quick pass­ing to score their third goal.

Mac­cles­field did not al­low their heads to drop and turned it around with Jess Carol and Sarah Duffy run­ning at the de­fence, putting on the pres­sure, and the hard work paid off when Emma Houghton pulled one back and then a short cor­ner from An­gela Duff was knocked in by Jess Carol.

With the score at 3-3 the rain came down, Mac­cles­field al­lowed Ne­ston to break through and they got the win­ning goal.

A dis­ap­pointed Mac­cles­field team could not get the equaliser in the fi­nal min­utes.

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