Den­nis can fire pro­mo­tion tilt

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey be­lieves the per­for­mances of Kris­tian Den­nis will make or break his side’s sea­son.

The Silk­men picked up a 5-2 vic­tory at Wok­ing in their last match, with Den­nis net­ting a hat-trick for his side.

It has seen them climb to tenth in the Na­tional League ahead of this week­end’s home match against Brom­ley, and Askey hopes his striker con­tin­ues to be a pro­lific scorer.

“Hav­ing Kris­tian in the squad makes all the dif­fer­ence and it’s some­times the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing,” he said.

“His fin­ish­ing has al­ways been very, very good and I was really pleased for him get­ting a hat-trick in his last match.

“He’s the best fin­isher I’ve seen at the club so long may it con­tinue as he’s go­ing to stay with us un­til the end of the sea­son at least.”

Mac­cles­field nar­rowly missed out on pro­mo­tion last year, with Askey stat­ing at the start of this sea­son that he hoped to go one bet­ter this time around.

With nearly half of the cam­paign al­ready com­pleted, the Silk­men boss be­lieves his tar­get is still very re­al­is­tic.

“If we can be there or there­abouts come Jan­uary, then it gives us a great chance with the squad we’ve got,” he said.

“I said re­cently in the chang­ing room that it’s prob­a­bly the strong­est squad we’ve had for a long time here so ev­ery­body will be needed.

“I think the work rate of the play­ers is show­ing now.

“We’ve had some games where we haven’t got our re­wards but it’s start­ing to turn and we can enjoy this but we can’t get too car­ried away.

“We were able to bring on Reece (Sty­che), (Danny) Rowe and Jack (Sampson) against Wok­ing which shows the strength of our squad.

“Hope­fully we can keep ev­ery­one fit and keep climb­ing up the ta­ble.”

One thing that has trou­bled Macc this sea­son has been their con­sis­tency, with the team win­ning 10 and los­ing nine of their 21 matches.

With five wins in their last seven games though, Askey hopes their hit and miss spell is fi­nally over.

“The re­sults have been in­con­sis­tent but I don’t think the per­for­mances as a team have been in­con­sis­tent, it’s just we haven’t stuck the ball in the back of the net all the time or we’ve con­ceded a daft goal,” he said.

“I’ve been fairly happy with how we’ve played from the start of the sea­son, we have had a lit­tle bit of luck in some re­cent games and hope­fully that will con­tinue now un­til the end of the sea­son.”

Vic­tory for the Silk­men could see them move to within just one point of the play-off places, though a de­feat might see Askey’s side slip to 12th place.

‘Hav­ing Kris­tian in the squad is some­times the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing’

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Macc play­ers cel­e­brate Danny White­head’s open­ing goal in the 5-2 win at Wok­ing on Satur­day

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