Big ben­e­fits of home pro­duce

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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.

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●● Macc play­ers mob Kris­tian Den­nis af­ter his goal against Brom­ley

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