Ad­van­tage Macc in play-off chase

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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.

Mean­while, The

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’

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Jack Sampson cel­e­brates the win­ning goal against Tran­mere Rovers

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