Macclesfield Women ‘need to work on putting them away’ despite 19 goals in last four, says captain Rowcliffe

Macclesfield Women captain Charlotte Rowcliffe has insisted her team needs to work on finishing more scoring opportunities – despite smashing 19 goals in their last four games.

Macclesfield stepped into the next round of the Cheshire Women’s League Cup on Sunday, with goals by Megan Cardenas, Esa Cullinan, Amara Keating and Megan Brierly securing a 5-2 win over Runcorn.

Macclesfield’s match-winning squad at the stadium

However, Rowcliffe, who captained the squad in their 2021/22 title-winning campaign, believes the team still has to work on scoring despite so many in their last four fixtures.

“The intensity was there in parts today. We scored three quick goals which took the sting out of the game a bit for them,” she said.

“Largely, we kept the ball well, kept it moving and created quite a few chances, we just need to work on putting them away a bit more.

“Taking chances and creating them, when we click as a team, they can’t get close to us, but we need to do that more consistently across the match.”

Rowcliffe celebrates with her teammate after yet another goal / photo credit – Macclesfield FC

Macclesfield scored just one goal in the second half, Brierly catching the ball on the rebound after Cullinan’s penalty was deflected by the keeper.

But coach Mark Alderson believes his team may have got a bit too comfortable as their hunt for more goals slowed in the second 45 against Runcorn.

“I don’t think it’s a case of running out of steam, I think it’s more being a bit a bit complacent,” he said.

“You’ve got the lead and it becomes a bit comfortable.

“We’re still a working project and there’s still areas we definitely need to improve on.

“But there were a few chances missed that on another day we should be putting away really.”

Coach Mark Alderson looks on at pre-match training / Photo credit – Will Knight

In the games before the Runcorn win, Alderson’s squad drew with Northwich Vixens 2-2 as well as Ellesmere Port Town 3-3, while Brookvale were demolished 9-0.

Following Macclesfield Town’s liquidation in September 2020, and the demotion of both the men’s and women’s teams, both secured titles and promotion in the 2021/22 campaign.

The women’s squad sits third in the Cheshire Women’s and Youth League, the seventh tier of Women’s Football, 12 points behind leaders Ellesmere Port Town with two games in hand.