Turnbull’s putting his back troubles behind him
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.”
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