Go out in blaze of glory

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - KIERON CURTIS

MACCLESFIELD have been urged to go out ‘all guns blaz­ing’ in their last-gasp bid to land a Con­fer­ence play-off place.

The Silk­men’s hopes of fin­ish­ing in the top six have dimished with John Askey’s men nudged down to six place by Eastleigh and For­est Green.

They must beat the Gulls at Plain­moor on Satur­day – and hope re­sults go their way else­where – to stand a chance of pro­mo­tion back to the Foot­ball League.

Goal­keeper Rhys Tay­lor, who saved a penalty in Satur­day’s 2-0 win against Dart­ford, in­sists it’s win or bust.

“I’d rather lose than go out with a whim­per and draw. We’ve got to go there and throw ev­ery­thing at it,” said the 25-year-old.

“If you’ve got to win then you’ve got to win, there is no point drawing. We’ve got to go there with the men­tal­ity of ‘we have to beat Torquay’, and if we lose, so be it, but we will go out with all guns blaz­ing, not with a whim­per,”

And boss Askey said he was pleased to go into the fi­nal game with pro­mo­tion to League Two still a pos­si­bil­ity.

“We’re still in there and to say that we’ve got to the last game of the sea­son with some­thing to play for is in­cred­i­ble re­ally, so I’m pleased. I can’t ask for any more af­ter what the play­ers have done,” he said.

“We had a lit­tle bit of a blip but we had a blip when we were play­ing well. We’ve won games we shouldn’t have and to­wards the end of the sea­son when we’ve played some good stuff, things haven’t quite gone for us but we’re still in there and it’s all to play for.”

While there is so much rid­ing on the out­come of this week­end’s fix­ture, Askey said prepa­ra­tions would be no dif­fer­ent.

“Prepa­ra­tion is ex­actly the same, it has worked for us so far this year so we’ve just got to keep things go­ing and make sure that the play­ers don’t switch off,” he said. “When you’ve got a game that you’ve got to win, I’m sure they won’t.”

A late red card for Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton in the victory against Dart­ford has ruled the cen­tre back out of the Torquay trip plus both legs of the po­ten­tial play-off semi-fi­nal.

Simon Pendrigh

●● Macclesfield goal­keeper Rhys Tay­lor de­nies Dart­ford’d El­liott Brad­brook dur­ing Satur­day’s 2-0 victory at the Moss Rose. See pages 74 and 75 for match re­port

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