In-form ri­vals seize on AFC in­jury cri­sis

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

AFC Mac­cles­field suf­fered a heavy de­feat on Satur­day when they re­turned to Cheshire League ac­tion to face an in­form West Dids­bury & Chorl­ton side.

With 12 first team play­ers, in­clud­ing both goal­keep­ers, un­avail­able for se­lec­tion through in­jury or other com­mit­ments, Mac­cles­field went into the game know­ing they would be in for a tough af­ter­noon.

Mac­cles­field started well, but two early chances were not con­verted which would even­tu­ally come to haunt them. On 10 min­utes, Macc were then 1-0 down. After press­ing by Mac­cles­field, a long ball from the West Dids­bury de­fence wasn’t dealt with and the striker fin­ished well to put the vis­i­tors ahead.

Mac­cles­field started to dom­i­nate the game and West Dids­bury sat back be­fore to­tally against the run of play mak­ing it 2-0. An­other long ball over the top wasn’t dealt with, al­low­ing the away side to grab their sec­ond.

Mac­cles­field didn’t give up and started to play some lovely foot­ball with pass­ing through the thirds very quickly but were un­able to pro­vide that ex­tra bit of qual­ity to beat the vis­i­tors’ goal­keeper Bet­ton.

Macc cre­ated many chances to score but they couldn’t find the back of the net, so it seemed it was go­ing to be one of those days.

On the stroke of half time it was 3-0. An­other long ball found the West Dids­bury for­ward in a de­bat­able off­side po­si­tion. Mac­cles­field couldn’t quite be­lieve it. With all their dom­i­nance they were three goals down.

After the break Mac­cles­field stepped up even fur­ther and got them­selves back into the game. Jack Banis­ter had a shot su­perbly saved by Bet­ton, but Jack But­ter­worth was on hand to tap it into the back of the net.

With Mac­cles­field push­ing des­per­ately to get a sec­ond goal they had to sac­ri­fice their de­fen­sive du­ties to try and get a re­sult their foot­ball de­served. This led to gaps at the back which West Dids­bury cap­i­talised on, al­low­ing them to grab two more in the last few min­utes of the game.

The game fin­ished with a score line which flat­tered West Dids­bury and Chorl­ton and a very dis­ap­point­ing day for Mac­cles­field after suf­fer­ing their worst ever de­feat since form­ing last year.

AFC Mac­cles­field Re­serves lost 2-1 at home to Moore United from War­ring­ton. It was a sim­i­lar story to the first team. They cre­ated many chances but couldn’t con­vert them into goals.

Both teams will hope to re­turn to win­ning ways in their next game.

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