AFC rise to the physical test of rivals
CHESHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE ONE AFC MACCLESFIELD . 3 EGERTON FC ............... 1
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.