Askey aim­ing high

‘ Ter­rific’ win for Silk­men comes de­spite ‘red tape’ blow for Macc man­ager

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

SATUR­DAY could hardly have gone any bet­ter for John Askey in spite of ad­min prob­lems and a scratch squad.

Mac­cles­field’s vic­tory over a Brain­tree side that fin­ished just out­side the play-offs last sea­son was worth more than the three points to the man­ager.

Askey steered his cut-price squad to the club’s first open­ing-day win in a decade, and re­vealed his de­light at the at­ti­tude his men showed from first to last whis­tle.

“Ob­vi­ously things are very dif­fi­cult but to get a re­sult is a big boost for the play­ers,” he said af­ter Chris Hol­royd scored the only goal of the game.

“If we’d have lost it’d be all doom and gloom, we’ve trained hard all week and all pre-sea­son and if you then lose your first game it knocks the stuff­ing out of you. Get­ting a win is ter­rific, if you get a re­sult you’ve got points on the board, so three points will give ev­ery­body at the foot­ball club a mas­sive boost. Af­ter the hard work that peo­ple have put in hope­fully that’s some re­ward.”

The Silk­men had got the cam­paign un­der way with a four-man bench, as David Gon­za­lez-Diaz (far left) and Malachi LavelleMoore (left) hadn’t been reg­is­tered in time.

And while he admits his squad doesn’t have the depth he’d per­haps be happy with, Askey says they’ve laid down a marker for the town’s foot­ball fans and proved that they’re not ready to be the divi­sion’s whip­ping boys.

“It was so im­por­tant that we got through pre­sea­son with­out pick­ing up in­juries and we’ve done it and that’s credit to the train­ing and the play­ers them­selves,” he con­tin­ued.

“They look af­ter them­selves and that’s im­por­tant be­cause we can’t re­ally af­ford for any­one to get in­jured. It’ll hap­pen but hope­fully we can get some wins un­der our belt and have a breather.

“And we want more peo­ple to come and watch, hope­fully to­day will have shown the peo­ple of Macc that we’re still com­pet­i­tive and if more peo­ple come then it gives us more of a chance this year.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● John Askey and Efe Sodje over­saw a morale-boost­ing first-day win over Brain­tree

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