Mathers hits tre­ble in rout of Chea­dle

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AFC Mac­cles­field re­turned to league ac­tion again on Satur­day when Chea­dle Town Res. were the vis­i­tors to the SSV.

Mac­cles­field started quickly and got to grips with the wet con­di­tions far bet­ter than their op­po­si­tion.

With only four min­utes on the clock, Mac­cles­field got the early break when the league’s top goal scorer and Mac­cles­field tal­is­man Greg Mathers, re­acted quickly to an ill judged Chea­dle back pass to make the score 1-0.

Mac­cles­field’s se­cond goal wasn’t far be­hind when Jonny Ca­vanagh de­liv­ered a per­fectly waited pass to Mather’s feet. He con­trolled the ball with his left foot and guided it into the net with his right.

Mac­cles­field were dom­i­nat­ing the play and on twenty min­utes, James Wheeler found him­self in acres of space in the Chea­dle penalty area and with a pin point pass, found Jack Banis­ter who timed his run to per­fec­tion to tap the ball past the Chea­dle keeper.

On the half hour, Mathers grabbed his hat-trick when he forced the keeper into rush­ing his kick. Mathers in­ter­cepted his clear­ance and run the ball into an empty net.

On the stroke of half time, Mac­cles­field made it five. Af­ter a scram­ble in the box, the ball landed at the feet of Mathers who volleyed the ball into the Chea­dle net, giv­ing the keeper no chance.

The se­cond half be­gan with Mac­cles­field con­tin­u­ing to press the Chea­dle de­fence and their ef­forts were re­warded when the ref­eree awarded a free kick 30 yards out from the Chea­dle goal.

Sam Wil­liamson de­liv­ered a de­light­ful ball to the far post and Mathers was on hand to grab his fifth and Mac­cles­field’s sixth with an­other thun­der­ing vol­ley.

Matt Hor­ton en­tered the ac­tion half way through the se­cond half and made it seven for Mac­cles­field. Mathers this times turned provider and Hor­tons per­fectly timed run put him one on one with the ad­vanc­ing keeper. Hor­ton del­i­cately chipped the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Mac­cles­field turned in an­other stun­ning per­for­mance to stretch their lead at the top of the ta­ble to seven points.

●● AFC hat-trick hero Greg Mathers

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