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Waide Fairhust lights up non-league with terrific half-volley

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Macclesfield Town striker Waide Fairhurst is far from the most prolific forward currently plying his trade in non-league football, but when he does find the back of the net it's normally something special.

Fairhurst proved just that last weekend with an effort that will inevitably draw comparisons with David Beckham's famous strike against Wimbledon more than in 1996, not least because that's exactly what we've decided to do right here.

This special half-volley deserves a wider audience and thankfully has been viewed by more than 187,000 people on YouTube in just three days,  with that number set to rise further if this article has anything to do with it.

What a finish!

The 25-year-old seized his opportunity to strike after sizing up a poor goal kick in Macclesfield's clash with Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, proving he's got the very difficult skill of meeting the ball on the half-volley with a tremendous finish from at least 40 yards that was thankfully captured by a camera crew present at the fifth-tier showdown.

Even more impressively this wasn't a one-off for the much-travelled marksman either, which is why Macclesfield fans have got fond of chanting: "Fairhust, from the halfway line" at grounds up and down the country.

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Golazo against Chester may have been even better

Two months ago Fairhurst smashed home the goal of most people's lifetimes against Chester FC, once again a powerful drive launched a ridiculous distance from goal.

Fairhurst was probably about 35 yards out when he sent a pilvedriver into the top corner, one that may have just surpass his effort from last weekend.

Whichever you prefer this former Doncaster Rovers reject deserves respect, a genuine non-league living legend.

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