Sty­che takes cen­tre stage with hat-trick

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

MAC­CLES­FIELD ran out com­fort­able win­ners over Gateshead on Good Fri­day af­ter a Reece Sty­che hat-trick in­spired his side to vic­tory.

Sty­che was lively from the off­set, and the first real chance of the game fell to him when a clear­ance from Gateshead keeper Sam Rus­sell was closed down by the striker, but his fol­low up was saved.

He made amends mo­ments later though when a long ball over the top once again caused Rus­sell prob­lems, al­low­ing Sty­che to round the goal­keeper and smash the ball into the empty net.

The Silk­men were now well on top and a flow­ing pass­ing move saw skip­per Paul Turn­bull and Jack Samp­son com­bine be­fore Turn­bull forced Rus­sell in to a good save.

From the re­sult­ing cor­ner, Macc dou­bled their lead. Danny Rowe whipped in a cross and af­ter the ball ric­o­cheted around the Gateshead box, it fell to Sty­che who scored to make it 2-0 af­ter just 23 min­utes.

The visi­tors were fully into their stride and Samp­son nearly made it 3-0 as his pow­er­ful shot forced a good save from Rus­sell.

Gateshead needed to change some­thing and boss Neil Aspin in­tro­duced Danny John­son to re­place Michael Onovwi­gun af­ter just 24 min­utes.

Mac­cles­field were still on top de­spite the Gateshead change and they nearly got a third when Danny Whi­taker headed wide.

Gateshead rarely threat­ened dur­ing the first pe­riod but they did have a half chance just be­fore the break.

John McCombe re­acted quickly to clear a dan­ger­ous at­tack and from the re­sult­ing cor­ner CJ Hamil­ton smashed an ef­fort over as the Silk­men went in to the break with a two-goal lead.

Macc started the sec­ond half in sim­i­larly bright fash­ion with Whi­taker go­ing close, but they had to be alert at the other end when John­son fired over from the edge of the box for the home side.

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Hat-trick hero Reece Sty­che cel­e­brates with Jack Samp­son

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