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banner Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Macclesfield 1-3 Boro (Agg: 2-5)
Hamilton Ricard
Hat-trick hero Hamilton Ricard
A hat-trick from Hamilton Ricard destroyed any hopes of a Worthington Cup shock at Moss Rose.

Bryan Robson's side travelled to the tiny ground holding a slender one-goal advantage and were given a scare before booking their passage in the third round.

Ricard put Boro ahead after 18 minutes,smashing the ball home from eight yards after Macclesfield failed to clear Ince's free kick.

The Third Division side refused to throw in the towel, though, and former Manchester United youngster Ben Sedgemore should have done better with a header.

The game exploded into life midway through the first half when the home side's leading scorer, Ritchie Barker was chopped down by Mark Summerbell.

Barker angrily confronted his opponent and it took a dozen players to separate them. When things eventually calmed down, referee Alan Wiley booked both players and added Ricard's name to his list for kicking the ball away.

Boro's Brian Deane then missed a glorious chance to put the tie beyond doubt when he screwed wide of an open goal and Macclesfield seized their chance.

Team talk

Former West Ham and Stoke midfielder Kevin Keen, making his debut, was brought down by Noel Whelan shortly before the interval. The referee adjudged the offence to have taken place in the box and Sedgemore gratefully buried the spot kick.

Robson, who still lives in Cheshire, clearly did not fancy facing the neighbours if his Premiership side were embarrassed and his half-time team-talk did the trick.

Boro came out all guns blazing and within eight minutes of the restart, Ricard had completed his hat-trick.

First the Colombian headed home Whelan's corner and while Macclesfield were still recovering he latched on to Andy Campbell's through ball to finish them off.

Peter Davenport's side, who upset Bolton in the last round, continued to surge forward until the end and substitute Damien Whitehead hit the post in stoppage time.

But Robson's side had done more than enough by then and ran out worthy winners.

Macclesfield: Bullock, Abbey, Adams, Tinson, Ingram, Sedgemore, Wood, Twynham, Munroe, Keen, Barker. Subs: Glover, Whitehead, Askey, Durkan, Bamber.

Middlesbrough: Crossley, Fleming, Gordon, Festa, Cooper, Ince, Summerbell, Whelan, Deane, Ricard, Campbell. Subs: Bennion, Marinelli, Boksic, O'Neill, Stamp.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood).

Macclesfield: Bullock, Abbey, Adams, Tinson, Ingram, Sedgemore, Wood, Twynham, Munroe, Keen, Barker. Subs: Glover, Whitehead, Askey, Durkan, Bamber.

Middlesbrough: Crossley, Fleming, Gordon, Festa, Cooper, Ince, Summerbell, Whelan, Deane, Ricard, Campbell. Subs: Bennion, Marinelli, Boksic, O'Neill, Stamp.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood).

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