Banis­ter brace sinks home side Hale­bank

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TWO

AFC Mac­cles­field were vic­to­ri­ous af­ter pick­ing up a com­fort­able win at Hale­bank.

It was a re­turn to Widnes and the ground where AFC Macc clinched the cham­pi­onship last sea­son, with their sights now set on re­peat­ing the suc­cess in the di­vi­sion above.

It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough game with both teams need­ing a re­sult. Mike Meszaros made his de­but in mid­field for Mac­cles­field and will prove to be a good acquisition in the run in for the ti­tle.

Macc had most of the first half play but they couldn’t con­vert their chances into goals. Hale­bank were also mak­ing chances on the break, but the Mac­cles­field de­fence and in par­tic­u­lar, Nick Ward in goal, kept the hosts at bay and it was 0-0 at half-time.

Af­ter the break, Mac­cles­field started to take con­trol and in the 70th minute, Jack Banis­ter broke down the re­silient Hale­bank de­fence with what could ar­guably be the goal of the sea­son.

Banis­ter con­trolled the ball 25 yards out, chipped it over a de­fender and volleyed into the top cor­ner.

Macc went in search of the sec­ond and in the 80th minute, Scott Wright re­ceived the ball on the left hand side and fed Banis­ter, who knocked the ball past the de­fender and slot­ted into the back of the Hale­bank net.

AFC Mac­cles­field Re­serves fought out a goal­less draw at Mid­dle­which Town to main­tain their quest for pro­mo­tion.

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