AFC keep up chase for pro­mo­tion

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOB HASLAM

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.

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