AFC rise to the phys­i­cal test of ri­vals

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -


AFC Mac­cles­field re­turned to league ac­tion with a vic­tory af­ter putting in a hard-fought per­for­mance against Egerton.

Macc started slowly, look­ing a lit­tle hun­gover from last week­end’s ex­tra time cup game, while Egerton’s in­ten­tions were clear from the start as they ar­rived with a game plan to sit deep, be firm in the tackle and hit Mac­cles­field on the break.

They were phys­i­cal and in­tent to stop the good foot­ball Mac­cles­field are known for.

In the 20th minute, Egerton won a cor­ner and their height and phys­i­cal ad­van­tage paid off.

Their cen­tre half out jumped the Macc de­fence, and his header took a harsh de­flec­tion off a Mac­cles­field de­fender which found its way into the top cor­ner of the net.

The goal sparked Mac­cles­field into life and in the 32nd minute they won a free kick on the edge of the box af­ter Jack Banis­ter was brought down.

Banis­ter picked him­self up to take the free kick and rolled the ball un­der the jump­ing Egerton wall to level the game.

It seemed like the teams would go into the break all square, but Mac­cles­field’s Matt Wil­liams had dif­fer­ent ideas.

Wil­liams picked the ball up 30 yards out and danced through the Egerton de­fence to let fly from the edge of the box to score his first goal for the club on his sec­ond ap­pear­ance.

Af­ter the break Mac­cles­field started to dom­i­nate but sim­i­larly to the first 20 min­utes of the game, Egerton sat back and tried to hit Mac­cles­field with counter at­tacks.

With 50 min­utes on the clock, Egerton came close to lev­el­ling the game.

The ball fell to the Egerton striker in the Mac­cles­field box and with the whole goal to aim at he let fly, but Scott Wright was on hand to make a stun­ning block.

Macc pushed for an­other goal and on 75 min­utes, Matt Wil­liams grabbed his sec­ond and Mac­cles­field’s third with an­other fan­tas­ti­cally worked goal.

Wil­liams picked up the ball on the left, put it through the cen­tre half’s legs and slot­ted the ball into the cor­ner of the Egerton net, mak­ing the fi­nal score 3-1.

It was a suc­cess­ful day for Macc, who also wel­comed Chris Allen back into the team af­ter he had been out for over a year.

The re­sults leaves the team fourth in the League 1 ta­ble, though they have sev­eral games in hand on the teams im­me­di­ately above them.

Macc will look to build on their win when they are back in ac­tion this week­end, mak­ing the trip to Lo­s­tock Gralam, who sit just one place be­low them in the ta­ble.

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