Turn­bull’s putting his back trou­bles be­hind him

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

MACC Town cap­tain Paul Turn­bull says he’s just about as good as new and he’s putting his back in­jury firmly be­hind him.

The skip­per has been try­ing to play through a nig­gling trapped nerve but now the club’s on­field leader is ready and raring to go again.

Still only 25, ‘Bully’ brought a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to John Askey’s squad when he joined in the sum­mer of 2013. And as well as de­liv­er­ing some po­tent dead balls he weighs in with his share of goals for Macc too.

When Turn­bull’s on song his side seem to be fir­ing too. It’s no co­in­ci­dence that with Turn­bull strug­gling against Lin­coln City and Al­trin­cham those games ended in de­feat.

And fol­low­ing the side’s re­turn to win­ning ways against lead­ers Bar­net Turn­bull said he’s through the worst of it.

“At Alty we were very poor, we just didn’t turn up on the night, and at Lin­coln we wanted to get it down but they were just boom­ing it, it was one of those games and it doesn’t suit us,” con­cedes the for­mer Wilm­slow High School stu­dent. “I thought Bar­net were quite poor tonight, just hit­ting the big man up front, that’s all they had. Fine, they hit the big man and we’ll try to play foot­ball and that’s brought us a great re­sult to­day.

“My back’s get­ting there, the physio’s get­ting into it, I’ve just had a trapped nerve in my back but hope­fully it’ll be OK in the next few weeks.

“I’m happy to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity as cap­tain, the pain is still there but some­times you just have to run through th­ese things. With a trapped nerve it can take two or three weeks to set­tle down but I’ll get through it and push the lads on.

“It was sore against Alty, I did my­self no favours play­ing against them but against Bar­net we showed what we can do.”

Man­ager John Askey had no hes­i­ta­tion in hand­ing Turn­bull the cap­tain’s arm­band in the sum­mer of last year. And his skip­per – dis­ap­pointed not to add to goals by Scott Bar­row and Chris Hol­royd – agrees with his man­ager, that when they’re at their best few sides can live with them.

“The gaffer has been say­ing they might be top of the league but there aren’t many teams in this di­vi­sion that we can’t beat,” he added. “Any­one can beat any­one and the lads were fan­tas­tic to­day. We’ve seen all sea­son we’re able to beat any­one, home and away. If we shut up shop away like we can do at home we’ve got ev­ery chance.

“I had a rush of blood with my chance, I could even have had a touch to be hon­est, but it’s one of those things – I wanted to hit it first time and tried smash­ing it when I should have side­footed it.

“I’ll put the next one away, but three points is the main thing, with th­ese be­ing top of the league we’re only a few points off the play-offs now so we’ve just got to keep this run go­ing.”

Mike Petch

●● Paul Turn­bull

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