Silk­men just one spot off the top of league

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

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HE’S been des­per­ate to add to his squad, but Macc Town boss John Askey looks like he’s now steel­ing him­self for a fight to keep hold of his play­ers this win­ter.

Hav­ing missed out on Luke Wa­ter­fall, who joined Wrex­ham on an 18-month deal, Askey then set his sights on bring­ing Thierry Audel back to the Moss Rose.

But he’s now faced with the prospect of los­ing winger Adri­ano Moke, who’s been speak­ing to League Two side Chel­tenham Town.

Macc may be sit­ting pret­tily in sec­ond in the Con­fer­ence ta­ble but their fine form is clearly at­tract­ing the vul­tures from higher up the pyra­mid.

Moke, 25, has been in talks with the Robins, who cur­rently sit in the bot­tom third of League Two and al­lowed winger Andy Ha­worth to join Bar­row on loan this week. The man­ager’s ex­pect­ing a decision from him within the next few days.

“Mokes has been down to speak to them,” con­firmed Askey, who’s had a frus­trat­ing 2015 de­spite the three huge vic­to­ries over Grimsby, Kid­der­min­ster and Lin­coln that have seen them emerge as Bar­net’s near­est chal­lengers.

“He’s out of con­tract and he’s see­ing what they say, which I un­der­stand – I’d prob­a­bly do the same.

“Ob­vi­ously they’re able to of­fer more than we can, so I’m hop­ing to sit down with him and his agent this week.

“I’m not sur­prised he’s been at­tract­ing other clubs, it’s prob­a­bly the first sea­son he’s played this many games.

“He’s al­ways a threat and he pushes the op­po­si­tion back with his pace, he’s been an im­por­tant player for us this sea­son.

“He’d be a real loss but this is what hap­pens when your play­ers are all on short-term or non-con­tracts.”

While he waits to see what hap­pens on the Moke front, there’s been no fur­ther move­ment in Askey’s bid to bol­ster his back­line.

Although the on­go­ing fi­nan­cial re­stric­tions re­main he hasn’t yet aban­doned hope of com­plet­ing a re­turn for Audel, but the cen­tre-back has re­turned to his na­tive France, due to the pass­ing of a fam­ily mem­ber.

“Thierry’s gone home to France to deal with it all, so I won’t be both­er­ing him at the mo­ment,” he added. “I’m sure we’ll speak again soon but it’s not a time to be chas­ing him.

“As ev­ery­one knows, I’ve spo­ken to him al­ready, we haven’t dis­cussed money but he’s said he is in­ter­ested in com­ing back.

“But again, I’d un­der­stand if he went to a Foot­ball League club.

“Peo­ple have to do what’s best for their ca­reer.

“If it doesn’t come off we might be look­ing at George (Pilk­ing­ton) and Alex (Grant) play­ing out the rest of the sea­son – there’s no rea­son why they can’t get through 15 games in a row.

“That’s the hand we’ve been dealt – it’s frus­trat­ing but we’ll have to play it the best we can.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Adri­ano Moke’s form this sea­son has seen him at­tract in­ter­est from Chel­tenham Town

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