Haslam back with a bang in AFC stroll

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -


AFC Mac­cles­field were com­fort­able win­ners on Satur­day after de­feat­ing West Dids­bury & Chorl­ton Re­serves.

There have been some man­age­rial changes at the club over the last cou­ple of weeks which has seen Ed Haslam re-in­stalled as sole man­ager.

Haslam re-signed three play­ers prior to the game, bring­ing back in Jor­dan Gre­gory, Josh Roberts and Adam Ledgar.

The man­ager threw Gre­gory straight into the start­ing line-up and he started quickly tak­ing con­trol of the mid­field and Mac­cles­field started to dic­tate the play.

Within six min­utes of the start, cen­tre for­ward Nath Jack­son was played in one on one with the West Dids­bury keeper and main­tain­ing his com­po­sure, rolled the ball un­der the on rush­ing keeper to make it 1-0.

Mac­cles­field pushed for a sec­ond but couldn’t im­me­di­ately dou­ble their lead. It took an­other half hour to col­lect their sec­ond. Nath Bar­ber de­liv­ered the ball into Gre­gory, who chested the ball to Chris Allen who curled the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner of the Dids­bury net - a bril­liant fin­ish.

Mac­cles­field re­mained on top with Cal­lum Evans putting his stamp on the game, but it re­mained 2-0 at the in­ter­val.

Into the sec­ond half and West Dids­bury started quickly know­ing they’d have to score first to re­main in the game, but Scott Wright and Sam Wil­liamson were out­stand­ing at the heart of the Mac­cles­field defence, negat­ing any threats from West Dids­bury.

Around fif­teen min­utes after the res­tart, Mac­cles­field put the game out of sight when Jack­son grabbed his sec­ond and Mac­cles­field’s third, with a calm fin­ish.

West Dids­bury started to press again and was awarded a free kick on the edge of the Mac­cles­field box. The ball was struck and seem­ingly head­ing into the top cor­ner, but cap­tain for the day, goal­keeper Nick Ward, pulled off a stun­ning save to keep the game at 3-0. There were more op­por­tu­ni­ties for Mac­cles­field to see off West Dids­bury, but they couldn’t in­crease their ad­van­tage. It was an­other great per­for­mance.

A spe­cial men­tion must go to Chris Allen who com­pleted his first 90 min­utes in over a year since a bad leg in­jury. He played as though he hadn’t been away and put in a great per­for­mance after his long lay­off.

AFC Mac­cles­field’s next home game at All Hal­lows is in the Cheshire FA Am­a­teur Cup against Vaux­hall Mo­tors on 21 Oc­to­ber 2017, with kick-off at 3pm.

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