Big benefits of home produce
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey believes his side’s strong academy links in the local area are finally starting to come to fruition.
The Silkmen made it three wins in a row when they defeated Bromley 2-0 at the Moss Rose on Saturday.
Three players from in and around the Macclesfield area all contributed to the second goal in that match, with Dan Cowan, Chris Holroyd and Kristian Dennis linking up.
With that in mind, Askey is proud that a number of local players are helping to fire Macc up the National League table.
“We’ve got a good record of producing our own players over the last ten years,” he told the club’s official website.
“We produce some really good players and to have them playing for us is great.
“It’s not only Macc who have produced good players, Stockport have players as well and we’ve been able to tap into that and that’s why we’re doing well.”
One player who has spent time at both Macc and County is Dennis, who is spending the season on loan at the club where he learned his trade from the Hatters. He notched his 15th goal of the season during the match against Bromley, but only after he had missed a penalty earlier in the game.
“I was really pleased that after missing the pen he popped up again with a really good finish, but if he keeps missing penalties I might have to drop him!” joked Askey.
“He’s been fantastic for us this season, as have the majority of the players that have been playing in this team.”
Next up for Macclesfield is a trip to Wales to face play-off contenders Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.
While Dennis may be scoring for fun, another of Askey’s strikers is struggling to find the net ahead of the game, with Jack Sampson yet to score this season.
Askey has no concerns though, and insists that the 22-year-old offers a lot more to the team than people may realise.
“Jack probably thinks he needs a goal but I’m not too worried because he gives us more than goals,” he said.
“He holds on to the ball in games and he allows the team to get up field. Against Guiseley recently I thought he was absolutely terrific even though he didn’t score, so I’m not too worried.”
Meanwhile, Macclesfield have had their planned fixture with Eastleigh rearranged for December 8.
The two teams were set to play on December 5, but the Spitfires secured a place in round two of the FA Cup with a victory over Crewe Alexandra earlier this month.
It means that Macclesfield’s trip to Southport will now take place on December 5 instead.
The teams were originally due to meet for a midweek game in February 2016. Turnbull getting the goals for Macclesfield.
VICTORY for Macclesfield could see them move into the National League play-off places, leapfrogging Wrexham in the process.
●● Macc players mob Kristian Dennis after his goal against Bromley