Big brother is Rowey’s spur

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

DANNY Rowe’s lov­ing his new lease of life as part of Macclesfield’s pro­mo­tion push, and he says he’s be­ing spurred on by sib­ling ri­valry.

Af­ter tak­ing time away from the game Rowe re­turned to the Moss Rose at the turn of the year to give John Askey’s squad a handy shot in the arm.

And should the Silk­men lose out on the ti­tle – Bar­net and Bris­tol Rovers cur­rently lead the way at the top – the winger’s happy to set­tle for the ‘con­so­la­tion’ of reach­ing League Two via a Wem­b­ley play-off win.

That would at least give him some­thing to hit back at big brother Tommy, who’s been to the na­tional sta­dium three times now.

“Go­ing up in the play­offs wouldn’t be bad, that’s the way you’ve got to look at it,” rea­soned the 25-year-old. “Ob­vi­ously it’d be nice to win the league, that’s what ev­ery­one aims for but at the same time go­ing to Wem­b­ley would be some­thing spe­cial.

“That would be an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence. My brother’s been there three times, he’s on me ev­ery week, ask­ing me how we’re get­ting on and he’s giv­ing us his sup­port.

“If we don’t win the league hope­fully we’ll be there.”

Like Rowe the el­der, now ply­ing his trade in the Cham­pi­onship with Wolves, Danny’s a for­mer Stock­port County prod­uct

Dur­ing his time out the lo­cal lad – some­thing John Askey holds great sway by – kept in touch with the Macc boss and when the chance came to re-sign he jumped at the chance.

It was a move that nei­ther player nor manager re­gret.

“Danny Rowe is a ter- rific player, he’s got ev­ery­thing that you could pos­si­bly want, and when he’s on song he’s un­playable,” en­thused the Macc boss.

“He has the beat­ing of his full-back a lot of the time and his qual­ity at cross­ing is nor­mally great.

“If we can keep him and (Adri­ano) Moke go­ing as they are then any­body in our league will have a prob­lem.”

And that’s how Rowe, hun­gry again af­ter his sab­bat­i­cal, sees it too.

“I had time out and I had of­fers to go to places but at the time I didn’t feel like I was ready to come back and play foot­ball for other rea­sons,” he said. “But I spoke to the gaffer and he wanted me to come back, he was keen so I’ve come here and I’m en­joy­ing it again, I’m glad I’ve.come back.

“Hope­fully we can go on and do big things.”

And af­ter a lively per­for­mance in what was ul­ti­mately a dis­ap­point­ing draw at South­port Rowe says he’s just look­ing to add some­thing to his game – goals. If only so he can shut an­other fam­ily mem­ber up!

“It could have been more than a point against South­port,” he re­called. “We had so many chances through­out the game, and I didn’t feel like they of­fered a threat through­out – they had maybe three chances but that’s it, that’s how strong we were.

“I had a good few chances my­self, I should have come away with a goal. I should have chipped the sec­ond one over the keeper but I’d got a nudge and I didn’t get un­der it enough, I should have scored that one.

“I feel a lot more confi-

Go­ing up in the play-offs wouldn’t be bad, that’s the way you’ve got to look at it

dent now but I want to be scor­ing. I’m happy get­ting as­sists but I want to get goals now. If I go home and my dad’s ask­ing me how I went on, I’m sick of say­ing to him ‘I did al­right but I didn’t score’.

“The whole team’s on a high so hope­fully I’ve come in and lifted us even more, we’ve got Moke on the right as well and if we’ve got two di­rect play­ers a lot of teams push off us and lean back.

“It’s look­ing pos­i­tive, we’ll just go on to the next one and look to get three points.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Danny Rowe’s en­joy­ing a new lease of life

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