AFC keep pro­mo­tion dream alive

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CHESHIRE FOOT­BALL LEAGUE ONE AFC MAC­CLES­FIELD . 3 GRAPPENHALL ........... 0

AFC Mac­cles­field faced Grappenhall Sports from War­ring­ton at the SSV last Satur­day hop­ing to add to their league points tally for their push for the top of League One.

Mac­cles­field went into the game ly­ing fourth with games in hand.

At two ends of the spec­trum, AFC Mac­cles­field are push­ing for the ti­tle and Grappenhall fight­ing for their league 1 life.

It was al­ways go­ing to be tough for Mac­cles­field who knew this wasn’t go­ing to be an easy game, espe­cially the way that Grappenhall had set up their team.

Grappenhall, in a very de­fen­sive shape, clearly had a game plan.

Mac­cles­field started to play some good foot­ball but were find­ing it hard to break down a nine man de­fence.

The first real op­por­tu­nity fell to Tom Bowey.

He beat the off­side trap but was faced with the on rush­ing Grappenhall goal­keeper David Kennedy.

Bowey’s ef­fort beat the goal­keeper, but it brushed the out­side of the post.

Con­tin­u­ing the good foot­ball, Mac­cles­field pushed for the opener, but couldn’t un­lock the Grappenhall de­fence and the first half ended goal­less.

AFC Mac­cles­field started the se­cond half quickly and just af­ter two min­utes in, they were awarded a free kick 35 yards out from the Grappenhall goal.

Jonny Cavanagh swung in the free kick which Tom Bowey met per­fectly at the far post to tap the ball into the net.

Fi­nally, the re­silient Grappenhall de­fence con­ceded.

Mac­cles­field pushed for the se­cond and on 65 min­utes, Jack Hunter jinked in be­tween two de­fend­ers in front of goal but was brought down in­side the box as he was about to shoot.

Jonny Cavanagh stepped up to take the penalty and made it 2-0.

Five min­utes later, it was 3-0.

Jay Burgess fin­ished a fan­tas­tic move by Mac­cles­field.

With great pre­ci­sion, he side footed the ball past the goal­keeper, plac­ing the ball in­side the far post.

AFC Mac­cles­field con­tin­ued to press, but couldn’t find a 4th.

A rel­a­tively com­fort­able af­ter­noon saw Mac­cles­field claim all three points and main­tain their quest for pro­mo­tion.

AFC Mac­cles­field Re­serves had a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult away to Gol­borne Sports Re­serves, los­ing 4-1 to the War­ring­ton club.

With only two games left to play in the league, they need the re­main­ing six points to gain pro­mo­tion.

Wed­nes­day 5th April is cup fi­nal night for the Re­serves.

They will be play­ing Lino­type Chea­dle HN Re­serves in the Fi­nal of the Cheshire Foot­ball League Re­serves Cup at Barn­ton FC, North­wich. Kick off 7-45pm. All sup­port wel­come!

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