Un­beaten Silk­men can get bet­ter

Early days but Macc’s po­ten­tial is clear to see

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

EX­PEC­TA­TIONS are on the rise at the Moss Rose. Mac­cles­field Town re­main un­beaten in five games, in­clud­ing two of what are prob­a­bly the campaign’s tough­est as­sign­ments, at Wok­ing and Wrex­ham.

It’s early days of course, but Macc are so far mak­ing a mock­ery of the book­ies’ pre­dic­tions, which have them nailed-on as rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates.

And boss John Askey – while sound­ing a note of cau­tion – says his squad is sure to im­prove as they ma­ture to­gether.

He’s re­cently added ex­pe­ri­ence in de­fence with the cap­ture of Will Hain­ing, and raw tal­ent up front in the shape of Domaine Rouse.

So, a set­tled squad, un­beaten in five out­ings and show­ing signs that they can take it to some of the Con­fer­ence’s fan­cied sides.

Askey may be eye­ing more than sim­ply sur­vival but he’s keep­ing ev­ery­thing in per­spec­tive so far.

“Con­fi­dence is high, the play­ers are do­ing well and who­ever they play they should feel good about them­selves,” he said fol- low­ing Mon­day’s 2-2 draw in north Wales.

“We know that who­ever we face we’ve got to work hard but we won’t get car­ried away, not un­til we’re safe any­way.

“I think ev­ery­body at the foot­ball club’s re­ally pleased with how they’re do­ing at the mo­ment.

“Hope­fully that will con­tinue, and if we get to­wards Christ­mas and we’re still up and around there then the ex­pec­ta­tions might be slightly dif­fer­ent.

“I’m still ner­vous about things be­cause we’ve got such a small squad that if we get a few in­juries then the wheels could come off. But at the mo­ment we’re do­ing OK so we want to carry that on.”

This week­end comes a match against a team with vastly con­trast­ing for­tunes – free-spend­ing Eastleigh who, af­ter win­ning the Con­fer­ence South ti­tle last sea­son, have con­tin­ued to splash the cash.

Likely to once again be with­out Danny Whi­atker (back) and Chris Hol­royd (ham­string) Askey will once again put his faith in play­ers who, it’s fair to say, haven’t always been able to show their best form for one rea­son or an­other.

“This Satur­day will be a re­ally tough game,” con­tin­ued the man­ager.

“Ev­ery­body knows Eastleigh are the mon­ey­men of the di­vi­sion, or one of them at least.

“But who­ever we play, we’re con­fi­dent that we can go out and put up a good per­for­mance.

“I hope the squad as a whole will im­prove as we go on. If you look at Waide Fairhurst you can see that, all of a sud­den be­cause he’s played a few games on the bounce, he’s a dif­fer­ent player – hope­fully that’ll hap­pen to a few more lads.

“Arthur (Gna­houa) and Adri­ano Moke are do­ing re­ally well too, their un­der­stand­ing of games is get­ting bet­ter, what we need now from them is an end prod­uct.

“Both of them need to play week in, week out, they’ll ben­e­fit from that.

“They’ve got a lot of pace but also skill on the ball.

“When you’ve got at­tack­ing play­ers with the pace they have then you’re always in with a shout.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Arthur Gna­houa (above) will ben­e­fit from a run of games, says Macc man­ager John Askey

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