Pre­serves AFC’s place at ta­ble top

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On 65 min­utes, the dead­lock was bro­ken when Lither­land made the break­through.

The Lither­land winger de­liv­ered a cross into the box which caught the wind and found its way into the back of the Mac­cles­field net.

Mac­cles­field man­ager Ed Haslam reshuf­fled the pack and brought on two more strik­ers in Harry Wheet­man and Matt Hor­ton.

Mac­cles­field pressed and were awarded a cor­ner.

Sub­sti­tute Wheet­man de­liv­ered the cor­ner and de­fender Chris Hol­land rose above his marker to thun­der the ball into the back of the net leav­ing the goal­keeper with no chance.

Time was run­ning out for Mac­cles­field but they con­tin­ued to press know­ing that the three points were nec­es­sary to main­tain their ad­van­tage at the top of the league.

The ref­eree in­di­cated a min­i­mum of five min­utes added time.

Mac­cles­field flung the ball for­ward one last time and Mathers picked the ball up on the edge of the box and went past two play­ers, and on his weaker right foot, let fly leav­ing the Lither­land keeper with no chance.

The Mac­cles­field team didn’t hide their feel­ings and Mathers was swamped by all the play­ers.

He was the hero but it was Chris Allen who stole the show and was awarded man of the match for pro­duc­ing tackle af­ter tackle to pro­duce one of the dis­plays of the sea­son.

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