AFC maintain promotion bid
IN freezing conditions at the SSV, AFC Macclesfield continued their push for promotion after picking up a hardfought victory against a stubborn Tarpoley Victoria side.
It was clear to see from the start that it was Tarporley’s plan to contain Macclesfield and hit the home team on the break, but the hosts were able to break through the resistance and earn the win.
The Tarpoley players were well organised and frustrated Macclesfield during the opening stages, with the first real opportunity falling to Jay Burgess just before the half hour mark, whose effort was superbly saved by the opposition goalkeeper.
Minutes later the deadlock should have been broken and again Burgess was involved. His shot was well saved by Clarke in the Vics goal, but the rebound fell to full back Scott Wright and with the entire goal to aim for, he struck his effort wide.
On the stroke of half-time, the ball was in the back of the Macclesfield net but was the goal was ruled out for offside, meaning the teams went into the interval with the scores goalless.
After the break, Macclesfield pushed again for that illusive first goal and on 60 minutes it finally came.
Jack Banister’s shot was well saved by the in-form Vics goalkeeper, but he couldn’t keep hold of the ball and skipper Greg Mathers was on hand to tap home and make it 1-0.
With all of Macclesfield’s dominance, they knew that they couldn’t sit back and they pushed for the second but totally against the run of play the game was all square.
The Macclesfield defence over played the ball without clearing the danger and one pass too many was intercepted by the Tarpoley striker to blast the ball past Nick Ward and level things up.
A point wasn’t really good enough to keep Macclesfield in the hunt for the title and they kept pushing forward in search of a winner, and with 10 minutes to go their pressure paid off.
Jack Hunter timed his run perfectly to slot the ball past the goalkeeper and put Macclesfield back in front.
In the 85th minute, the game was all over when Jay Burgess got the goal he deserved with a brilliant finish to make it 3-1 and wrap things up. Tarporley Victoria made Macclesfield work hard for their three points but in the end it was a fair and deserved result for the home side.