Pain bar­rier test for key Silk­men

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey has re­vealed some of his play­ers are hav­ing to play through the pain bar­rier to deal with the lack of avail­abil­ity in the squad.

The Silk­men have been in poor form in re­cent weeks, hav­ing lost their last four Na­tional League matches in a row, in­clud­ing a 3-1 de­feat to rel­e­ga­tion- threat­ened Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers last week­end.

Macc’s ef­forts haven’t been helped by the fact sev­eral of their key play­ers have been miss­ing, in­clud­ing the likes of Danny White­head, Paul Lewis, Danny Rowe and top scorer Kris­tian Den­nis.

Rowe and Den­nis both played in Satur­day’s match against Kid­der­min­ster, but Askey ad­mit­ted af­ter the game that nei­ther were fully fit.

“I was hop­ing that we wouldn’t have to play Rowe and Kris­tian be­cause both of them have got in­juries and ob­vi­ously we had to take Rowe off to­wards the end,” he said.

“We didn’t have White­head and Lewis ei­ther and both of them are very big play­ers in the sys­tem that we’ve been play­ing all sea­son.

“When we have to go to a 4-4-2 it makes us a lit­tle bit more wide open as we saw against Torquay and then again against Kid­der­min­ster.”

Askey will hope to have more play­ers ap­proach­ing full fit­ness when they look to kick­start their play-off push with a home game against Dover on Satur­day.

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