AFC main­tain pro­mo­tion bid

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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.

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