Askey after new blood
Macc manager mulling over loans in bid to keep momentum going
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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