AFC secure place in the next round
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.