Silk­men duo earn spe­cial praise

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

JOHN Askey felt that Ritchie Brana­gan and Jack Sampson were the stand­out per­form­ers dur­ing Mac­cles­field Town’s 1-0 vic­tory over Tran­mere Rovers.

Brana­gan made a num­ber of fine saves af­ter re­plac­ing the in­jured Sh­wan Jalal, while Sampson got the only goal of the match.

“Ritchie was a bit shaky when he first went on but once he set­tled down he per­formed hero­ics and I thought he was fan­tas­tic,” said Askey.

“I was really pleased be­cause he works his socks off ev­ery day in train­ing and never moans, so if any­one de­serves a per­for­mance like that then it’s him, and it’s up to Ritchie now to stay in the team.

“Jack played really well too and has been a good out­let for us, so we hope that now gives him the con­fi­dence to go on and get many more goals.”

Kris­tian Den­nis was un­able to keep up his fine run of form af­ter fail­ing to find the net, but Askey was still happy with his show­ing.

“Kris­tian didn’t score but he had a hard task on his own up front, and I thought he worked very hard,” he said. “There will be other games where we have more of the ball and that’s where Kris­tian will come into his own.”

Mean­while, Mac­cles­field have an­nounced that Jalal and de­fender David Fitz­patrick have both signed con­tract ex­ten­sions at the club.

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