AFC keep up chase for promotion
AFC Macclesfield managed to deal quite well with an extremely busy period after winning three of their four matches over the last week.
They began the week with a 2-1 victory at Grappenhall Sports, but followed that up with a 2-1 defeat at Warrington Town Reserves.
Macc managed to bounce back though, as they then won 3-0 at West Didsbury & Chorlton Reserves before finishing the week with a 3-0 triumph at Lostock Gralam.
In the game against Grappenhall the breakthrough finally came with a great move by Macclesfield when Jack Banister found space in the box to place the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
With 10 minutes to go, Jack Banister was brought down by the on-rushing goalkeeper and Jonny Cavanagh stepped up to smash home the resulting penalty.
In the 93rd minute, skipper Chris Coppenhall tripped the Grappenhall striker in the box to concede a penalty, but worst of all, picked up his second yellow card and was dismissed from the game.
Next up was the game against already promoted Warrington Town in their final game of the season, and they required a win to maintain their target of winning the league outright.
It was end to end football with Macclesfield having the edge with their footballing skills, while Warrington were showing their physical strength and ability to stifle.
It remained 0-0 at half time, but Warrington opened the scoring in the second half with a goal from Joe Coombs.
Macclesfield rallied after the setback and replied with a deserved equaliser from Jay Burgess.
In the 80th minute and after a disputed corner award, Warrington got the goal that turned out to be the winner.
The Macclesfield defence couldn’t keep out the cross from the corner and Warrington’s Connor Speed converted to earn his side the win.
Next up for Macc was a game away to fifth placed West Didsbury and Chorlton.
Macclesfield started the game well, creating a couple of good chances and on 15 minutes they got the opener after a superb move with Banister slotting home. Five minutes later, another good Macclesfield move let in Nathan Jackson who finished well to make it 2-0 at half-time.
West Didsbury & Chorlton improved in the second half but Macclesfield scored a third when Matt Williams’ cross was converted by Banister.
Finally for Macc was the trip to Lostock Gralam in what turned out to be another comfortable win, leaving them in third place with one league game to play.
Macclesfield’s first goal came after 10 minutes. A looping header from Lee Quinlan settled in the net off the crossbar.
Jay Burgess kept up his impressive performances from earlier in the week and was again on the score sheet to make it 2-0.
Having missed a penalty, the game was finally put to bed for Macclesfield in the 70th minute, Banister scoring a well worked goal.
It was a tough week for Macclesfield and with one game remaining to play, they travel to promoted Billinge on Saturday needing a point for a third place finish leaving them in a good position to join Warrington Town and Billinge FC in the Premier League.
Next Sunday 7 May, AFC Macclesfield take on a Paul Dickov Celebrity 11 at the Moss Rose.
They then have their Stockport Senior Cup final on Friday 12 May at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park stadium.