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JA WAL­TON CHAL­LENGE CUP MERSEY VAL­LEY ........ 0 AFC MAC­CLES­FIELD . 3

AFC Mac­cles­field re­turned to Cup foot­ball last Satur­day with a visit to Mersey Val­ley FC in the J A Wal­ton Chal­lenge Cup and se­cured pro­gres­sion to the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In spite of the aw­ful weather, Mac­cles­field soon got into their rhythm and got to grips with the con­di­tions.

Matt Hor­ton, who made his first start for the club, nar­rowly missed the op­por­tu­nity to put Mac­cles­field 1-0 up. Hor­ton was in­volved in the ac­tion again when a fair chal­lenge left the Mersey Val­ley keeper on the floor and the ball fell to Jonny Ca­vanagh who could only turn the ball over the bar.

Mersey Val­ley were quick to re­cover, but not for the first time this sea­son, Mac­cles­field goal­keeper Dom Chell, pulled off some fan­tas­tic saves!

Af­ter thirty min­utes into the game, Mac­cles­field fi­nally broke the dead­lock. Jack Ban­is­ter picked the ball up close to the half way line and he quickly got up to full pace, beat­ing Mersey Val­ley’s right back, he struck the ball into the Mersey Val­ley goal­post, but Ban­is­ter was quick­est to re­act and he tapped the re­bound into the back of the net.

With Mersey Val­ley de­flated, it was soon 2-0. Jonny Ca­vanagh’s pin point cross found cen­tre half Chris Hol­land at the back of the far post to thun­der the ball into the top cor­ner with his head.

Mac­cles­field started the sec­ond half slowly and again Chell and the back four were called into ac­tion with Sam Wil­liamson, Scott Wright and Pat Walker pulling off last ditch tack­les.

With sixty five min­utes on the clock, Mac­cles­field were awarded a cor­ner, and af­ter a poor clear­ance, the ball fell to James Wheeler who let fly from out­side the box to make it 3-0.

Mac­cles­field made a few changes when Chris Cop­pen­hall was wel­comed back into the mid­field af­ter three weeks out with an an­kle in­jury, Chris Me­gar­rell en­tered the ac­tion to sup­port the back four and Harry Wheet­man brought fresh legs to the at­tack.

Af­ter a su­perb per­for­mance from Mac­cles­field, the game fin­ished 3-0, leav­ing them one game away from qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the knock-out stages of the cup.

Chris Hol­land was awarded man of the match af­ter his goal and his out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

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