We can challenge at the top: Hol­royd

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHELDAN KEAY

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.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Chris Hol­royd reck­ons Macc have what it takes to challenge at the top end of the ta­ble

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