Num­bers game for the Silk­men

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Efe Sodje ad­mits the team needs to re­strict them­selves dur­ing pre-sea­son due to the lim­ited num­bers they have in the squad.

The Silk­men’s prepara- tions for the new Na­tional League cam­paign are well un­der way, with sev­eral friendlies hav­ing taken place so far.

Sodje has been happy with how things have pro­gressed, but ad­mits the lack of play­ers has made things dif­fi­cult.

“Pre-sea­son is all about get­ting the play­ers’ games, but we can’t play too many due to the re­stric­tions we have,” he said. “At the mo­ment we only have 15 play­ers so it means we can’t keep giv­ing those play­ers 90 min­utes ev­ery game.

“We would like to give ev­ery­one at least 45 min­utes but it’s tough, es­pe­cially now be­cause we picked up two more in­juries against Rochdale on Satur­day and it’s taken us down to 13 play­ers.”

Mac­cles­field’s match with Rochdale on Satur­day ended 0-0, with chances few and far be­tween for both teams.

While that may have been the case, Sodje was very happy with what he saw from the play­ers at the Moss Rose.

“We did fine against Rochdale and it was a good pre-sea­son work­out so it’s not a bad re­sult,” he said.

“We al­ways have a win­ning men­tal­ity here no mat­ter how we do in friendlies, so hope­fully we get some more chal­lenges through­out pre-sea­son.”

One played who re­turned to the team dur­ing the match against Rochdale was for­ward Jack Samp­son.

The 22-year-old has suf­fered with in­juries re­cently, but is now glad to be up and run­ning.

“It was my first pre-sea­son game so I’m very happy to get some min­utes un­der my belt,” he said.

“I’ve been wait­ing a long time as it’s been three months since my last game, so play­ing with the lads again was great.

“I’m still not quite fully fit yet but I’m train­ing well and en­joy­ing my­self and I’m cer­tainly get­ting there.”

Mac­cles­field

cur­rently have a num­ber of tri­al­ists in the team, and Samp­son has been im­pressed with what he has seen.

“We’ve got some good tri­al­ists in the team at the mo­ment and the squad is look­ing strong,” he said.

“We did well last sea­son and I’m ex­cited to see if we can do it again dur­ing the next cam­paign.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting some more min­utes and I want to push my­self and help the team out as much as I can.”

‘We only have 15 play­ers so it means we can’t keep giv­ing those play­ers 90 min­utes’

Jon Bax­ter

●● Efe Sodje, left, and boss John Askey have been op­er­at­ing with a squad of just 15 play­ers

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