Macclesfield Town Under 21s had to show copious amounts of grit and determination yesterday, but ultimately this was rewarded as they secured a 3 - 1 victory at Witton Albion.
The match started at a frantic pace, with an array of chances falling to the away side during the opening exchanges.
Tyler James forced the Witton 'keeper into an impressive save after he ran through on goal and both he and Amadou Doumbouya both rattled the woodwork in the immediate aftermath.
With the deadlock still intact at the half-time interval, it was clear that Macc had to become more clinical in front of goal if they were make the break-through.
And that they did, when Doumbouya linked up well with James and with the goal at his mercy, the former made no mistake from close-range.
Despite this, the hosts were to restore parity shortly after when Ricardo Longato was left stranded by a venomous shot which flew into the top corner of the net.
With time ticking down, the young Silkmen side reclaimed the lead with six minutes left on the clock. After tenacious play in the midfield, the ball broke to Josh Clegg and he threaded the ball through to James who finished with confidence and conviction past the advancing Witton 'keeper.
Macc would secure maximum points with a third goal in the dying moments, as Doumbouya's surging run down the left resulted in a tantalising ball being played into the box and there was James to emphatically end the game as a contest by claiming his second of the match.
Manager Paul McGuire lauded James' performance, as well as that of the team as a whole during his post-match briefing -
“A was a very mature performance tonight - all over the pitch we were at at.
"Although the whole squad did well, credit has to go to Tyler [James], the lad has found the back of the net constantly all season long.
"Goals win games, and he does that week in week out.”
There is to be no rest-bite for the lads following their well-deserved victory, as they face a trip to third-place Irlam this coming Thursday evening.