As the National Cup gathers pace Mr Featherstone took his Year 7 side to Scarborough to face George Pindar School on Monday. After starting strongly in their debut season the team is half way through the gruelling nation-wide competition.
Wins against St Aiden's and Acklam Grange see a team including Middlesbrough prospect Ajay Mathews brimming with confidence; and after defeating Northallerton in round five, hoping to be able to head back to Teesside with another win under their belts.
With a heavy pitch underfoot Macmillan opted for a cautious start, keeping possession for the opening period of play. Reece Lowthian was given a chance to stretch his legs after the long bus journey and darted down the wing.
Despite being relatively even early on there had been chances and a goal looked on the cards. George Pindar forward Hartley picked up possession on the edge of the area and managed to manoeuvre a way around winner Montage.
Hartley was left with a great opportunity and took aim, firing a shot towards the bottom corner. The ball struck the woodwork on route to goal as the shot cannoned off the post and into the net.
However, the homes sides' frustration was their downfall as Olly Sampson was hacked down in a similar position as previous in the match. He stepped up and produced an unbelievable strike from mass range, the ball sailing over everybody and into the net to haul Macmillan back on level terms.
Mathews was busy again moments later, collating the ball in the Pindar half, he twisted and turned to open up a route towards goal. On reaching the penalty area he unleashed a venomous pile driver of a shot into the roof of the net leaving the keeper grasping thin air.
Hardy's through ball allowed Mathews to beat the offside trap and his darting run left him baring down on goal. Keeping his cool, the 'Boro' man slipped the ball under the goalkeeper and over the line to give Macmillan precise breathing space in such a pivotal National Cup tie.
Macmillan won another free kick minutes after and Pindar were made to pay the price as Elijah Payne glanced home the header to add fuel to the fire.
The hosts did try to close the gap and pulled a goal back through Coulby Wilson, a fine finish which skimmed along the turf and past the deputising Lowthian in goal, who couldn't get down quick enough on the boggy terrain.
Mathews was again bundled down in the box and had a chance to redeem himself and complete his treble from the penalty spot, the shot was closer this time as it struck the cross be and bounced onto the turf. Michael then headed the rebound back onto the crossbar for a second time before Ajay toe poked the ball over the line. Michael was in an offside position but claimed to have not touched the ball and the goal was given.
Mathews final venture allowed him to score his forth. Running rings around the defender one last time after timing his run after receiving the touch on from Callum Crutchley who'd done great off the bench. The initial shot from Mathews was charged down but Ajay collated the ball and turned his man to riffle home.
The hosts hit a shot over the crossbar clipping it on the way through but that late miss all but extinguished any potential late response and guarantee the victory for Featherstone's men and secured their progression to the sixth round.
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