AFC re­turn to ac­tion with a bang

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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

AFC Macc

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

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