Ritchie’s chance to be No.1 at Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

JOHN Askey be­lieves the num­ber one po­si­tion could now be Ritchie Brana­gan’s to lose af­ter the Mac­cles­field goal­keeper put in a man-of-the-match per­for­mance against Eastleigh.

Brana­gan came into the start­ing line-up for Satur­day’s game af­ter Sh­wan Jalal was forced off with a head in­jury against Lin­coln.

He was knocked un­con­scious dur­ing an ac­ci­den­tal col­li­sion, rul­ing him out of the week­end match.

While the Silk­men may have lost the game 1-0, Askey was ex­tremely im­pressed with Brana­gan.

“Ritchie was ini­tially go­ing to be our first-choice goal­keeper this sea­son, but this now gives him a great chance to prove he should be in the net,” he said.

‘’He per­formed well on Satur­day so it will be his po­si­tion to lose, and hope­fully this can cre­ate a good com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the two of them.’’

Brana­gan joined Mac­cles­field from Sal­ford City in 2013, but was sec­ond choice in the team be­hind Rhys Tay­lor.

Tay­lor left for New­port County ear­lier this sum­mer, giv­ing Brana­gan the chance to stake a claim for the num­ber one shirt.

He be­gan his youth ca­reer at Bolton be­fore join­ing Bury, and has also been capped for Re­pub­lic of Ire­land at U21 level.

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