Macc short of field mar­shals

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey feels the team may be miss­ing lead­ers on the pitch af­ter they suf­fered their third straight league de­feat.

The Silk­men squan­dered a 1-0 lead with less than 15 min­utes to go and lost 2-1 against For­est Green Rovers at the New Lawn Sta­dium.

It has seen them drop to eighth in the Na­tional League ta­ble, three points adrift places.

While Askey in­sists his side de­served some­thing from Satur­day’s game, he ad­mit­ted they only have them­selves to blame.

“We should have got a point but poor de­fend­ing has cost us and to give goals away like that is dis­ap­point­ing,” he said.

“The first goal came from a free kick that prob­a­bly wasn’t a free kick, but you still have to de­fend it.

“The play­ers weren’t talk­ing and David Fitz­patrick has ended up try­ing to clear the ball and it’s

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play-off come off the back of his head.

“The man be­hind him should have opened his mouth but we’re a quiet team. It’s then flicked off his head to the back post and they’ve put it away.

“We’ve not had to de­fend any­thing in the se­cond half but then the last goal was poor as we’ve not got out.

“The ball has come in from the half-way line and I keep talk­ing about it but noth­ing seems to be reg­is­ter­ing. I don’t mind get­ting beat if teams out­play you, their move­ment is bet­ter, they’re pass­ing the ball well and cre­at­ing chances – but to lose like that is dis­ap­point­ing.

“For­est Green showed it’s not all about abil­ity, it’s about hav­ing that will to win.”

Askey will be hop­ing his side can re­turn to win­ning ways when they travel to Torquay United in the FA Tro­phy this week­end.

Torquay have strug­gled in the Na­tional League this sea­son, and cur­rently find them­selves se­cond bot­tom in the ta­ble hav­ing won just four of their 29 matches.

One of those wins did come over Macc though, with Torquay pick­ing up a 1-0 vic­tory on the open­ing day of the sea­son thanks to a goal from Alex Fisher.

The Silk­men reached this stage of the FA Tro­phy af­ter record­ing wins over Ash­ton United and Truro City in the pre­vi­ous rounds.

Macc will book their place in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion if they tri­umph on Satur­day, but Askey ad­mits it may take him a while to get over his side’s most re­cent de­cent.

“At the mo­ment I’m not think­ing about Torquay as I’m still un­happy with the game against For­est Green,” he said.

“We started poorly for 10 min­utes but then af­ter that we did well apart from set pieces and cor­ner kicks, but that is still not good enough.”

‘For­est Green showed it’s not all about abil­ity, it’s hav­ing that will to win’

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●● Jack Samp­son fires Mac­cles­field into the lead at For­est Green on Satur­day

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