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Project 21: Sandbach United U18s 0 v 6 Macclesfield Town U18s

30 September 2018

Macclesfield Town Under 18's cruised to another emphatic Mid Cheshire League Division One victory this afternoon, as they hit Sandbach United for six.

The visitors started the game in the ascendancy and dominated possession right from the off. With just nine minutes on the clock, some good work from Jake Hall resulted in Shaun Holden racing through the Sandbach defence - yet he was thwarted by a great near post save by the home 'keeper.

The hosts were proving to be a tenacious opposition and looked to nullify everything which Jim Hall's side threw at them during the opening exchanges and as consequently, much of the play resembled a war of attrition within the midfield.

That said, the visitors would deservedly take the lead just before the half hour mark when Dan Dolling seized on a loose ball in the penalty area before ferociously firing into the near corner of the net.

The Manager then looked to inject more intensity and creativity into our game and made five substitutions in a bid to try and end the game as a contest.

This yielded immediate rewards, with the side playing the sort of intricate and expansive football which they have become renowned for over the past few weeks.

Seven minutes before the interval the visitors doubled their lead, as Hall played Mohammed Duran through and he confidently finished by slipping the ball past the advancing 'keeper.

Sam Jordan could well have added to the scoreline before the half-time break, yet Macc were confident that more goals would follow in the second half.

Just two minutes after the re-start Macc hit a third, as Kane Nolan's pinpoint cross from the left was headed home by Jordan from ten yards out.

By this point the visitors had settled into their usual devastating rhythm and looked a threat every time they advanced towards the Sandbach goal.

On 63 minutes the prolific Jordan added a fourth as he picked the ball up twenty five yards from goal, before surging forward and then unleashing an unstoppable drive which found the top left hand corner of the net.

Thirteen minutes from time it was Jordan working his magic once more, as he unlocked the Sandbach defence before seeing his tantalising cross into the area finished by Max Phillips.

The rout was completed with six minutes remaining, as Holden showed off some pristine footwork before hammering past the Sandbach's 'keeper at his near post.

Despite the slow start, it proved to be another exemplary performance from Jim Hall's men, who make the journey to Barnton next Sunday looking to extend their perfect start to the season.

After the game, we caught up with Manager Jim Hall and defender Ali Ezzedine -

Macclesfield Town: Reynolds, Nolan, Kerr, Ezzedine, Midgley, Phillips, Hall, Arkian, Dolling, Samms, Holden.

Subs: Richardson, Duran, Cobey, Box, Jordan

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