Saturday 17th April saw Macclesfield 1st XI take on Bangor University and the day would ultimately give the Macc lads a simple lesson.
Having lost the previous 3 games the aim of the day was not to lose! And Macc set about their task in fine form, moving the ball around, using passing patterns and even moving for the ball. This truly was a glorious sight as Macc shed the difficulties of the last few games, showing their true quality and ability and even the newly installed bottom heavy midfield anchor managed an impressive display. The game was going Macc’s way and the only thing missing was a goal and indeed just any kind of finishing touch! Both Smith and Hadley failed to convert when 1 on 1 with the keeper, instead trying to teleport the ball through the dense matter of the Bangor goal keeper.
Eventually Macc got bored of this good hockey (as always) and as the midfield anchor got tired, they started to play the long diagonal ball that had wrecked so many games for Macc!
Bangor got their foot hold in the game starting to cause break away chances to threaten the Macc goal but the Angle Master defeated them with little more than a Gallic shrug.
At half time the call was to rediscover the early game play, the Hulk saw restored to pivot the midfield and Macc set off to find the win.
The game fell into a power struggle as both sides had spells of domination but both still failing to convert the chances that fell their way, eventually as the end of the game loomed the tension showed in both teams with neither making a clear cut opportunity to take the advantage.
At the final whistle both teams were showing the signs of this hard fought encounter.
Macc had again enjoyed lots of field position and ball possession without converting, there are green shots of recovery and positive signs for next season but Macc still need to make the necessary mental adjustments.