AFC sign off in win­ning style

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CHESHIRE LEAGUE 2

AFC Mac­cles­field played their fi­nal league game of the sea­son with a home fix­ture against Lither­land Re­myca FC of Liver­pool.

Hav­ing won the league ti­tle two weeks ago, Mac­cles­field were keen to com­plete the league pro­gramme on a high with an­other win.

Mac­cles­field were quick out of the blocks and with only two min­utes on the clock they went 1-0 up from a neat fin­ish by cap­tain and lead­ing goal scorer Greg Mathers.

Af­ter ten min­utes, it was 2-0. Jack Banis­ter was fouled on the edge of the Lither­land penalty area and he stepped up to take the free kick which found cen­tre half Pat Walker un­marked in­side the box who slot­ted the ball past the Lither­land goal­keeper.

Banis­ter was caus­ing the Lither­land de­fence all sorts of prob­lems and on twenty min­utes he jinked his way into the Lither- land penalty area and curled the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0. With Lither­land strug­gling, Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued to press. A free kick was awarded 30 yards from goal and again, Banis­ter took the free kick and found Matt Hor­ton who made it 4-0.

Just be­fore half time, Mac­cles­field made it five. Af­ter a quick break­away from de­fence, the Lither­land play­ers were un­able to stop Mathers col­lect­ing his sec­ond goal.

Af­ter the half–time break, Lither­land came out fight­ing and started to press Mac­cles­field much higher up the pitch and it took Mac­cles­field a while to re­gain their flow.

In the 67th minute, Chris Me­gar­rell, burst­ing from mid­field, fin­ished a pin point pass from Greg Mathers to make it 6-0.

With both teams seem­ingly happy to see the game out and with only a cou­ple of min­utes left on the clock, Mac­cles­field were awarded a cor­ner. Banis­ter took it and El­liot Bruce grabbed his first goal for the club with a thun­der­ing header.

Af­ter the game, man­ager Ed Haslam said: “It’s been an in­cred­i­ble sea­son, to win two tro­phies and still be in a semi-fi­nal is re­mark­able.

“The play­ers de­serve all the credit and it has been a plea­sure to work with so much tal­ent.

“With a re­serve team be­ing put into place for the Cheshire League next sea­son, it shows the clubs in­tent.

“We want to grow foot­ball in Mac­cles­field and give more lo­cal lads a chance to play for our club.”

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