Advantage Macc in play-off chase
MACC boss John Askey insists his side have an advantage over some of the other teams battling for a play-off spot.
Askey’s side made it back-to-back victories on Saturday after running out 1-0 winners at Tranmere, moving them into fifth place in the National League.
Macc are the only team in the division to have played 29 games so far this season, with every other team having games in hand.
While that may be the case, the Silkmen boss is adamant that he would rather have points already on the board.
“We saw last year that if you go on a run of games where you don’t win, games in hand mean nothing. We had games in hand last season and we fretted them away,” he said. “It’s about having points in the bag. We have less games to play so our players will be fresher heading into matches so that will help us.
“I’m really pleased with the amount of points we have at this stage of the season and it turned out to be a good Christmas with two wins out of three, so now we look forward to the next game.”
That next match takes place on Saturday when Macclesfield host Halifax Town at the Moss Rose.
Halifax looked destined for relegation earlier this season, but a fine run of form has seen them go unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning four of them.
A victory could see the Shaymen climb out of the bottom four, and Askey knows his side will have a tough game on their hands.
“Halifax and Southport are the two form teams at the moment so it will be a difficult game,” he said.
“We’re confident though that if we play well then we have got a great chance of winning no matter who we play.”
Askey may have a couple of injury concerns for that game after Shwan Jalal and Paul Lewis were forced off during the match against Tranmere, but the Macc boss has faith in his entire team.
“We have got a good nucleus of the squad so I don’t worry when people get injured,” he said.
“There is a good team spirit and I know that whoever is on the pitch will work their socks off for Macclesfield Town.”
Victory for Macc could move them up to third place if other results go their way.
Silk- men are now taking bookings for hospitality packages for both of their games in January. First up for Macclesfield at the Moss Rose is the visit of Halifax on January 9th before Macc face Aldershot on home soil on January 23rd. Hospitality packages are available and include a threecourse pre-match meal, refreshments at half time, a complimentary programme and the best seats in the house! All this costs just £40 per person. This price is reduced to just £20 for season ticket holders and only £15 for VP’s. For more information and availability contact sales@ mtfc.co.uk or call the club’s new commercial manager, Dan Ackerley, on 07730 269328.
‘We have less games to play so our players will be fresher’
●● Jack Sampson celebrates the winning goal against Tranmere Rovers