We can challenge at the top: Holroyd
MACCLESFIELD Town striker Chris Holroyd has become the latest of his team-mates to insist that the team can win promotion back into the Football League next season.
Holroyd recently signed a new contract with the Silkmen, joining the likes of George Pilkington, Ritchie Branagan and Paul Lewis who have also committed their future to Macc.
It means the 29-yearold will be plying his trade at the Moss Rose for another year, and he is confident that the team are more than capable of battling near the top of the table.
“We have absolutely got what it takes. We’ve challenged for the play offs in the last two seasons and beat some of the top teams both home and away so we should draw confidence from that,” he told the club’s official website.
“Although it’s not just about beating teams up there, we need to consistently put teams away regardless of their league position.
“At times I would say some of the football we played and the performances we put in were some of the best in the league.
“We showed we have the quality to be challenging at the top of the table. Lack of consistency probably got the better of us at times and that is some- thing we will look to correct this coming season.
“I have been in three promotion winning teams so I hope I can use some of that experience at Macclesfield.
“I feel that we have a good blend of experience and youth within the squad which should hold us in good stead.”
A poor run of form at the start of 2016 meant that Macc finished 10th in the table during the latest campaign, 14 points adrift from the play-off places.
Holroyd joined Macclesfield from Morecambe back in 2013, and he is glad to be staying with the club.
“I’m delighted to sign for the upcoming season, the gaffer has built a great squad over the three years I have been here,” he said.
“People have come and gone but throughout there has been a strong sense of togetherness and solidarity as a squad, which is what everyone wants to work hard to maintain.”
Holroyd made 43 appearances for the Silkmen last season, with his only goal coming in the 3-0 victory over Altrincham, and he is hoping to put in an even better shift during the next campaign.
“On a personal note, I always look to improve season by season and I’m going to work hard and do so,” he said.
“It’s nice to look back years down the line knowing you have achieved something with a group of players and I really feel this group of players deserve that and are capable.”
●● Chris Holroyd reckons Macc have what it takes to challenge at the top end of the table