No giv­ing up on play-offs: Bully

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MACCLESFIELD Town cap­tain Paul Turn­bull in­sists the team are not giv­ing up on their play-off hopes de­spite their poor run of form.

The Silk­men cur­rently find them­selves 12th in the Na­tional League ta­ble af­ter go­ing seven matches without a win, 11 points off the play-off spots with 10 games re­main­ing.

While any hopes of pro- motion ap­pear to be slim, Turn­bull is adamant that his side are still ca­pa­ble of turn­ing things around.

“The boys still want the play-offs and I prom­ise you that we are still go­ing for them,” he said.

“There were a few games where we took our foot off the gas but we’re work­ing hard on the pitch and get­ting back to where we were.

“We’re try­ing to get the ball down and play like we were at the start of the sea­son as that’s what brought us suc­cess.”

Macc will now turn their at­ten­tion to this week­end when they host in-form Lincoln City at the Moss Rose.

Lincoln have won four of their last five matches, leav­ing them in eighth place, five points off the play-offs. In con­trast, the Silk­men have only won one league game in 2016, the 1-0 win over Tran­mere on Jan­uary 2, but Turn­bull be­lieves his side are more than ca­pa­ble of a vic­tory on Satur­day.

“Lincoln are a good side and are on a great run but we’ll be aim­ing to get those three points,” he said.

‘The boys still want the play-offs and I prom­ise you we are still go­ing for them’

“We will carry on work­ing hard like we have been do­ing as we need to stop their run and start our own run.”

Macclesfield head into that match with Lincoln on the back of a 0-0 draw at the Moss Lane against lo­cal ri­vals Altrincham last Satur­day.

It means Turn­bull’s side have taken four points from Altrincham this sea­son, but he had hoped to come away with the win.

“I sup­pose when you’re away from home you will take the point but we were go­ing for all three,” he said.

“The pitch was a bit heavy so it be­came a long ball game but we worked hard and I think that showed in the sec­ond half. We kept fight­ing and a few hard chal­lenges went in so hope­fully we can keep per­form­ing.”

Turn­bull has been a key part of the Macclesfield side this sea­son, fea­tur­ing in 29 of his side’s 36 games so far.

The 27-year-old joined Macc three years ago, hav­ing had pre­vi­ous spells at Stock­port County Northamp­ton Town.

He will be go­ing up against a for­mer side when they host Lincoln this week­end, as he also had a loan spell with the club in 2013.

Turn­bull played in Macclesfield’s re­verse fix­ture against Lincoln ear­lier this sea­son, with the Silk­men suf­fer­ing a 5-3 de­feat.

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Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Ac­tion from Macclesfield’s game against Altrincham at the week­end

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