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Charlotte's Chat

15 October 2019

Last Saturday was so busy, but it was also perfect as it was full of football. 
A game at home versus John Askey’s Valiants in the afternoon but before that it was over to Northwich for our Macclesfield Ladies games - just in case your wondering we won them both! 
When making our way back to Macclesfield my nerves started to build for the afternoon's game where I was hoping that I’d be involved in a hat-trick of wins.
The closer we got to kick-off, the more excited and fidgety I seemed to become.
I was walking down to the ground wanting to get there early and when the team's were announced it was great to see Jak McCourt back in the squad.
The John Askey terrace was looking rather busy with the Vale fans when I arrived and the players were out on the pitch for their warm up looking determined and full of concentration.
It was also great to see Holly, Alfie and Jack as our mascots. 
The players came out and the noise increased from all sides of the ground - even more so when our boys in blue got us underway, attacking the away goal in the first half!
The open minutes for both teams were cautious and guarded - not wanting to make a mistake. Macc then had a  penalty shout waved away for a potential hand ball. Devastatingly, straight after this Port Vale took the ball up to the Star Lane End and scored!
Macc reacted really well to going behind and started to dominate.
In the 40th minute Arthur Gnahoua scored a brilliant goal and everyone then knew that we were more than capable of going on to claim the win.
The Valiants got the second half underway and we were attacking The Star Lane End.
We had the best of the opening chances - looking for that second goal.
It eventually came in the 64th minute following a perfectly timed cross from Miles Welch-Hayes and was slotted in to the back of the net by Emmanuel Osadebe.
The noise was deafening as we celebrated that goal.
I must confess that I breathed a sigh of relief when Vale’s Tom Pope was then substituted - he’s always a danger for them, however I was very happy with how Miles Welch-Hayes and Theo Archibald kept him quiet when he was on the pitch.
The team remained strong and managed to play the game out - despite Vale pressing for a equaliser!
It was a valuable three points gained, which I thought we totally deserved.
See you all at Oldham!

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