Back­line earn plau­dits from boss

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

JOHN Askey heaped praise on his de­fence af­ter Mac­cles­field picked up their eighth clean sheet of the sea­son dur­ing the 2-0 vic­tory over Brom­ley.

Goals from Paul Lewis and Kris­tian Den­nis

P WD L F A Pts Chel­tenham 22 12 8 2 44 17 44 For­est Green 22 13 4 5 38 23 43 Grimsby 22 10 9 3 45 21 39 Dover 22 11 6 5 35 26 39 Lin­coln City 21 11 5 5 34 23 38 Wrex­ham 21 11 4 6 41 26 37 Eastleigh 21 11 4 6 35 28 37 Brain­tree 21 10 6 5 27 18 36

Mac­cles­field 22 11 2 9 35 23 35

Tran­mere 21 9 6 6 30 20 33 Brom­ley 22 10 3 9 41 36 33 Gateshead 21 9 4 8 29 35 31 Ch­ester 22 8 5 9 28 33 29 Wok­ing 21 8 4 9 32 29 28 Alder­shot 22 8 4 10 26 32 28 Bar­row 23 8 4 11 27 43 28 Al­trin­cham 22 7 5 10 22 35 26 Guise­ley 23 6 8 9 24 39 26 Welling 22 6 5 11 20 28 23 Bore­ham Wd 22 5 5 12 22 28 20 South­port 20 4 6 10 16 31 18 Torquay 21 3 7 11 25 45 16 Kid­der’ster 21 2 8 11 22 34 14 Hal­i­fax 21 3 4 14 29 54 13 earned the Silk­men the win, but Askey felt the play­ers at the other end of the pitch played just as big a part.

“I thought Neill Byrne and Tony Di­agne did very well, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half,” he said.

“Brom­ley have scored in most games they’ve played so to keep a clean sheet was ob­vi­ously very good from them.

Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton is chomp­ing at the bit to get in the start­ing line-up so that’s pos­si­bly what’s keep­ing them go­ing.

“To come away from the game with­out con­ced­ing and scor­ing two whilst miss­ing a pen, it doesn’t sound too bad does it?”

Brom­ley looked to be the bet­ter team in the first half, with Mac­cles­field strug­gling to get go­ing in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

They came out of the blocks fly­ing af­ter the in­ter­val though, and Askey was happy with how his play­ers bounced back.

“We were very slug­gish in the first half but in the sec­ond half we were a lot bet­ter,” he said.

“Some­times you have games like that and you’ve got to plug away, so full credit to the play­ers as it is hard when you’ve got to start to try and get it go­ing again.

“The goal came just at the right time and both goals we scored were really good. Brom­ley aren’t a bad side and they’re up there for a rea­son.

“They came and closed us down well in the first half and we just didn’t com­pete enough.

“I thought we did a lot bet­ter in the sec­ond half, and even when they went for it at the end I thought we were com­fort­able.”

Conor Mol­loy for Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Paul Lewis fin­ishes from close range to open the scor­ing

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