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Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - HOCKEY

MACCLESFIELD played host to Lymm 2s in their re­turn fix­ture at the weekend.

Hav­ing drawn the away game ear­lier in the sea­son Macc were de­ter­mined to win all three points, need­ing th­ese to stay within reach­ing dis­tance of the teams above.

A great start to the game saw Macclesfield take con­trol, keep­ing the ball in the at­tack­ing half. Two early aerial shots on goal from Claire Barlow and Liv Richard­son nar­rowly missed an early lead.

A goal fi­nally came in the first half with some great team play up the right side of the pitch, the ball was brought up the wing by Laura Collins with a great fin­ish from Liv Richard­son from a dif­fi­cult an­gle.

The de­fence were strong through­out the game, with Lymm be­ing kept out of the D and de­nied shots on goal.

The sec­ond half was com­manded again by Macclesfield with all round great team play , al­though we had to wait un­til the fi­nal twenty min­utes for the next goal, a slow ball over the line by Emma Houghton. Emma also got Mac­cles­fields third goal from a great as­sist by Claire Barlow.

A sud­den last ditch at­tack from Lymm saw two goals for them in the fi­nal five min­utes but they had left the at­tack too late to catch Macclesfield. The fi­nal score, not re­flect­ing the run of play, was 3-2 to Macclesfield.

Man of the match went to Vicky Heylings for some great de­fen­sive work and skil­ful play.

The play­ers player went to Laura Collins for own­ing the cen­tre of the pitch and set­ting up some great at­tack­ing play.

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