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On This Day: Boreham Wood 2 v 4 Macclesfield Town

1 April 2020

John Askey's Wembley-bound Silkmen side produced a stunning first half performance three years ago today, as Mitch Hancox's hat-trick helped to secure a 4 - 2 victory at Boreham Wood.
Coming into the game on the back of consecutive home defeats against Aldershot Town and York City respectively, Askey was undoubtedly looking for a response and he achieved that with devastating effect.
The deadlock took just sixteen minutes to break, as Hancox's cross from the left was clinically despatched by Anthony Dudley to give the visitors an early lead.
Eight minutes later, the hosts were level however. A free-kick from mid-way inside the Macc half was pumped into the box and when it eventually fell to David Stephens, he emphatically fired across the face of goal and into the far corner of the net.
Both sides were then guilty of missing guilt-edged chances to take the lead, yet on 27 minutes Hancox was to claim his first of the game when the home 'keeper could only parry a shot from the edge of the area and the former Birmingham City man was on-hand to slam the ball home from close range.
Hancox would claim his second and Macc's third on the stroke of half-time. A flowing Silkmen move ended when Rhys Browne stormed down the right-hand side, before he found an unmarked Hancox twelve yards out and he made no mistake in fizzing the ball into the back of the net.
Boreham Wood had barely restarted the game when Hancox claimed the match ball and consequently handed Macc a 4 - 1 advantage at the interval. After he had won  the ball back in midfield and played a devastating one-two with Dudley, the hat-trick was complete with a delightful finish in front of the travelling contingent.
The hosts did pull a goal back through Bruno Andrade's strike from the edge of the area in the 74th minute, yet it proved to be a mere consolation as Askey's men secured a memorable victory down in Hertfordshire.
Here are the match highlights -
Macclesfield Town: Flinders, Halls, Byrne, McCombe, Fitzpatrick, Browne (Mackreth 70), James (Summerfield 55), Norburn (Cowan 84), Whitaker, Hancox, Dudley.

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