Bully giddy at Kiddy suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

MAC­CLES­FIELD cap­tain Paul Turn­bull ad­mits he was de­lighted with vic­tory in a game he’d have taken a point from, and Bully’s eye­ing pro­mo­tion in this on­go­ing sea­son of dis­be­lief.

With two goals in a cou­ple of min­utes at Kid­der­min­ster three points was a wel­come bonus from a gritty af­ter­noon’s work on a treach­er­ous pitch. It was straight back in at the deep end for Macc, who’d had a well-earned fort­night to rest and re­cu­per­ate.

“The break did us good, def­i­nitely,” said the 25-year-old, now in his sec­ond sea­son as John Askey’s on-field leader.

“We’ve had two weeks off and to be hon­est it was a long break, we wanted a game in be­tween but we’ve had that two weeks’ rest and come out and won to­day so we can’t ask for any­thing more.

“It was heavy go­ing on that pitch but you’re go­ing to get that in the Con­fer­ence, I’m sure we’ll get a few more like that be­fore the end of the sea­son. Be­ing hon­est I would have taken a point at half-time, I thought they were the bet­ter side in the first half.

“They pressed us re­ally high and we didn’t have much time on the ball but in the sec­ond half we had a fair few chances and took the two main ones – and we won, that’s the main thing.

“After that Grimsby win the boys were fly­ing, they wanted more games to come but we had that two weeks’ rest – maybe it’s helped us so we can’t com­plain, it was a big win, the lads were fan­tas­tic.”

Turn­bull is clearly one to share the plau­dits that have been com­ing their way all year and was quick to praise the ef­forts of the five men be­hind him, as well as a young­ster who made an im­pres­sive re­turn along­side him after a long in­jury lay-off.

“Paul (Lewis) has done very well to­day, he’s not had a game for about four months now so it’s good for him to get 90 min­utes un­der his belt – he did re­ally, re­ally well.

“We’ve con­ceded a few from set-pieces this sea­son but Rhys (Tay­lor) was great. He’s had a fan­tas­tic sea­son and ob­vi­ously he’s had in­ter­est in him but he wants to carry on here and get pro­mo­tion with Mac­cles­field.

“De­fen­sively we’ve been fan­tas­tic, we’ve been bet­ter than last sea­son but it’s credit to Pilks, Scotty, Hallsy and Alex for stay­ing strong and not con­ced­ing.

“We were never in much dan­ger at the back against Kid­der­min­ster but I don’t think we’ve been caused that many prob­lems at the back all year.”

And with two wins from two in 2015 Bully him­self is still har­bour­ing hopes of lead­ing the club’s re­turn to the Foot­ball League.

“To be hon­est I’ve not had any calls, I’ve not heard any­thing about me go­ing any­where,” he re­vealed, although his per­for­mance over the last 18 months must surely have alerted the cir­cling vul­tures higher up the leagues.

“I’m here for a rea­son, I’m happy to be here and I’m go­ing to do a job for the team and try to get pro­moted this sea­son.”

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Paul Turn­bull (right of pic) and the Silk­men cel­e­brate Waide Fairhurst’s won­der strike at Kid­der­min­ster

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