Askey af­ter new blood

Macc man­ager mulling over loans in bid to keep mo­men­tum go­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

JOHN Askey is pre­par­ing for more moves to bol­ster his thread­bare Mac­cles­field squad ahead of an­other tough week­end.

Macc Town have gone into two of their three matches with just four play­ers on the bench.

And with Chris Hol­royd ruled out with a ham­string in­jury and Danny Whitaker (pic­tured left) nurs­ing a back com­plaint, time is of the essence for Askey, whose team will host Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers on Satur­day be­fore a trip to Wrex­ham on Mon­day.

Cur­rently train­ing with the Silk­men are Clay­ton McDon­ald – who played a cou­ple of games for Macc in 2008 – and for­mer Old­ham cap­tain Will Hain­ing.

Also train­ing with the squad is Jor­dan Robert­son, who has played for Sh­effield United and – af­ter serv­ing a prison sen­tence for caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing – Scun­thorpe United.

Askey, who has so far over­seen two wins and a draw, as well as two clean sheets, told the Ex­press: “I’m hop­ing I can have one or two in in time for Kid­der­min­ster, we’ve got a few who are ‘pos­si­bles’ so hope­fully we’ll get some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in up front.

“Chris is still un­avail­able with his ham­string prob­lem and he’s likely to be out for an­other cou­ple of weeks yet.

“Danny’s got a bad back so he’s doubt­ful, but we do have David Gon­za­lez back from Spain.

“He’s sorted out the pa­pers that were a prob­lem so he should be back with us un­til Christ­mas now.”

And having mas­ter­minded a fan­tas­tic start to the sea­son – the club’s best in years – Askey is hop­ing there’ll be a good crowd pil­ing into the Moss Rose on Satur­day to en­joy the fruit of his labours.

Macc are play­ing some fine foot­ball that’s reap­ing re­wards, and he wants to see the Moss Rose – which will once again have sup­port­ers in the Lon­don Road side – packed out for the town to en­joy and take pride in their side.

“If some­one had of­fered me seven points from three games I’d have snapped their hands off,” he added.

“And we want to con­tinue that against Kid­der­min­ster, hope­fully my play­ers will have the chance to show their con­vic­tion, their abil­ity and their fit­ness to a big­ger crowd.

“We’ve shown that we can play at­trac­tive foot­ball – though to be hon­est we don’t have the play­ers to be able to launch it long and hope for the best like a lot of teams seem to be do­ing in this league.

“I’d love to see peo­ple com­ing back to get be­hind us – if we were los­ing ev­ery week you could un­der­stand peo­ple stay­ing away but there’s no ex­cuse at the mo­ment!”

That’s a sen­ti­ment echoed by the leader of the club’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee, Mark Blower.

“On this oc­ca­sion we’ve taken the de­ci­sion to open the whole of the Lon­don Road Stand for our sup­port­ers to come and watch what John and his squad are achiev­ing,” he said.

“We’re on a great run with seven points from three games and we’ve got the mo­men­tum with us so we’d love to see a re­ally big turnout to cheer them on.

“The moves to re­duce stew­ard­ing costs are still open to re­view this sea­son as a mat­ter of ne­ces­sity but we in­tend to keep the sup­port­ers con­sulted on what I feel re­mains an im­por­tant is­sue.”

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