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