Imp- or­tant to pres­sure Bees

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

JOHN Askey was in no doubt that Macc Town de­served their win over Lin­coln, and he’s de­ter­mined to stay ahead of the chas­ing pack and catch Bar­net.

A play-off place would have been dis­missed as pie in the sky last sum­mer. Macc were short on cash, play­ers and hope but Askey has now taken his team above the big hit­ters of Bris­tol Rovers.

And with a few more out­ings like the one that saw off Lin­coln that eight­point gap to the Bees – which could shrink to five if Macc win their game in hand – isn’t in­sur­mount­able.

“It was im­por­tant that we kept a clean sheet against Lin­coln,” said Askey. “And get­ting three goals as well is great, we’ve got to keep try­ing to aim for Bar­net and not worry about any­thing else.

“I know they’ve won too but there’ll be days when they don’t win and once they get un­der a lit­tle bit of pres­sure they might crum­ble.

“Lin­coln had pres­sure early on, I think the wind was blow­ing in their favour and the slope al­ways helps, so we knew we had to try and get a foothold in the game by play­ing three in mid­field.

“It worked a treat. Some­times it works for you, some­times it doesn’t but it did to­day.

“Denny (Johnstone) caused them more prob­lems with his en­ergy and we all know that Matthew (Barnes-Homer) can play, he came on and showed a re­ally good at­ti­tude, I was pleased for him to score, he’s done well.

“And that sec­ond was Pau Lewis’ goal, I think Waide chested it and Paul fin­ished it off – I don’t think they’re too both­ered who scores as long as we score.

“Paul’s done well too, he strug­gled a lit­tle bit in the first 30 min­utes, which I ex­pected in his sec­ond game, you get through the first one back on adren­a­line but the longer the game went on the more he grew into it, he did re­ally well.

“And Moke got bet­ter and bet­ter too, he caused them loads of prob­lems go­ing on the out­side of his man, as Rowey did when he came on, he gave us a lit­tle bit of con­trol and kept the ball, he put a great ball in for Barnesy, so it’s been a good day and hope­fully we’ll have one or two more be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

To aid his cause Askey has been desperately hop­ing for an in­flux of cash, since he has just two cen­tre-backs, Alex Grant and George Pilk­ing­ton.

While both have per­formed adm­rably just one strain or twang could spell the end of their in­volve­ment.

And that could prove a knock­out blow for Askey, who con­tin­ues to swim against the tide.

“We’d like to bring a de­fender in but I’ve spo­ken to the chair­man and things are re­ally tight, no money’s come in since the start of the sea­son, other than what’s come in through the gate.

“Hope­fully they’ll keep in­creas­ing but as I’ve said be­fore we can’t spend what we haven’t got, no­body’s putting any money in so we can’t go and get any­body re­ally.

“We’re happy with what we’ve got, we just hope we don’t get an in­jury, es­pe­cially in the cen­tre-half po­si­tion be­cause we just haven’t got any cover.”

Once they get un­der a lit­tle bit of pres­sure Bar­net might crum­ble

Si­mon Pen­drigh

●● Paul Lewis (above) marked his sec­ond game back with a goal against Lin­coln, leav­ing man­ager John Askey (left) aim­ing for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion

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