AFC return to action with a bang
CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TWO AFC MACCLESFIELD . 5 LOSTOCK GRALAM.... 0
AFC Macclesfield returned to action after the Christmas break with league leaders, Lostock Gralam the visitors to Stockport Sports Village, in a top of the table, six-pointer clash.
Macclesfield were quick out of the blocks and a ball played from the back to striker Lee Malkin who superbly controlled the ball and he flicked the ball on to Jack Bannister who went one on one with the Lostock keeper and slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the Lostock net with only 47 seconds on the clock.
After only three minutes, Macclesfield were unlucky not to be two up when Jonny Cavanagh forced the Lostock keeper in to a good save.
After missing another couple of good chances, Macclesfield finally doubled their lead in the 40th minute.
Chris Allen found himself unmarked in the box and he fired the ball home.
Lostock started to get back into the game and put pressure on Macclesfield, but with opposition players flooding forward, the ball was intercepted by James Wheeler and it was played forward to Lee Malkin who raced past their defence and calmly made it 3-0.
Lostock simply couldn’t handle the pace.
Macclesfield weren’t finished and after the break they continued to press but squandered good chances.
A fourth goal didn’t look likely, but after 71 minutes, Malkin doubled his tally and
Lostock Gralam 16 10 3 3 11 33
12 10 1 1 35 31
Warrington Tn 13 10 1 2 31 31 Mersey Valley 15 9 1 5 25 28 Halebank FC 9 7 1 1 14 22 FC St Helens 10 514 -6 16 W Dids & C 13 3 1 9 -10 10 Cheadle Town 7 214 -5 7 Unicorn Ath 11 2 1 8 -21 7 Cuddington FC 12 2 0 10 -27 6 Moore Utd FC 7 1 1 5 -18 4 Litherland R 11 1 0 10 -29 3 once again the Lostock defence couldn’t handle his pace.
Skipper and leading goal scorer Greg Mathers started the game on the bench due to concerns over an injury, but that didn’t stop him making it five when he entered the field of play late on in the game, to hit a trade mark rocket shot into the middle of the goal.
Overall, it was an all-round stunning performance from the Macclesfield team which leaves them two points behind Lostock Gralam with four games in hand.
●● Macclesfield AFC were awarded the Fair Play award (new match balls) by the Cheshire League on Saturday. AFC manager Ed Haslam (left) and captain Greg Mathers are pictured with League chairman Rob Goodwin-Davey