Boss de­lighted by sup­port­ers’ fund­ing boost

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey has ex­pressed his de­light af­ter the Silk­men Sup­port­ers’ Trust and a lo­cal busi­ness­man teamed up to in­crease his side’s trans­fer bud­get.

Askey had made it clear in re­cent weeks that there was no money re­main­ing in the bud­get, mak­ing it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for him to make sign­ings that would im­prove the squad.

The ex­tra fund­ing avail­able to him now changes that, as seen with the cap­ture of for­mer West Ham United midfielder Danny White­head.

“It is fan­tas­tic that peo­ple have got to­gether to boost the play­ing bud­get and I am very thank­ful for it,” he said.

“Danny has shown his abil­ity in pre-sea­son and he fits in to what we are try­ing to do. It is a very good sign­ing for us and it has been made pos­si­ble by this ex­tra help.

“It was im­por­tant that we got him and it shows that the sup­port­ers are be­hind us, so for them to con­trib­ute is re­ally pleas­ing.”

Mac­cles­field’s Na­tional League cam­paign gets un­der­way this week­end when they travel to Torquay United.

It comes af­ter a busy pre-sea­son sched­ule, and Askey be­lieves the play­ers are champ­ing at the bit to get go­ing.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for- ward to it. I think the play­ers have had enough of train­ing by now and just want to get on with it,” he said.

“We will hope­fully have one or two more play­ers back for the game which will make us stronger, but ob­vi­ously a big dis­ap­point­ment was los­ing Curtis Haynes-Brown against Con­gle­ton, and it looks like he will be out for a while.”

The Silk­men picked up a con­vinc­ing 7-1 win over Con­gle­ton last week­end, and Askey ad­mits it was close to a per­fect per­for­mance.

“It was ex­actly what we had hoped for and I thought we played some re­ally good football at times,” he said.

“We’ve had some tough games over pre-sea­son but against Con­gle­ton ev­ery­thing seemed to come to­gether nicely.

“It was a game at home and that meant the pitch was good and you could see that with how quickly we passed the ball.

“It was pleas­ing to see some goals go­ing in as well as the sup­port­ers have cer­tainly been wait­ing a while.”

Askey’s at­ten­tion will now be on get­ting his team ready for Satur­day’s game against Torquay at Plain­moor.

The Silk­men ended their pre­vi­ous cam­paign at the same sta­dium ear­lier this year, nar­rowly miss­ing out on the play­offs af­ter be­ing held to a 1-1 draw.

Louis Briscoe had given the home side the lead, be­fore Waide Fairhurst equalised dur­ing the sec­ond-half.

Macc couldn’t find a win­ner though, mean­ing they missed out on a spot in the cov­eted top five by just one point.

‘It’s fan­tas­tic that peo­ple have got to­gether to boost the bud­get’

Chris Brunskill

●● John Askey, pic­tured with as­sis­tant Efe Sodje, has thanked sup­port­ers for their help in boost­ing the club’s trans­fer funds

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.