Big guns are not missed at Macc
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey insists the team doesn’t need to face Premier League clubs during their pre-season preparations.
The Silkmen kick off their run of friendlies next month, with the team set to take on the likes of Wigan Athletic, Rochdale, Stockport County, Buxton, Nantwich and Leek Town.
In previous seasons, Macc have gone up against Premier League clubs, but Askey doesn’t feel that can always have a real benefit to his side.
“Years ago you used to get a big Premier League side visiting the Moss in pre-season but now they go all around the world,” he said.
“We have tried to make our friendlies as competitive as possible and the clubs that we are playing will be realistic games that will test.
“These games will be close to what we will face when the season starts and who knows when we are playing some of the local sides we might get to have a look at a player who in the future we might be able to pick up.”
Askey is currently looking to bolster his squad, with more new arrivals expected over the coming weeks.
He has already made signings, as Jack Mackreth recently returned to the club following a spell with National League rivals Tranmere Rovers.
A number of existing players have also signed new deals to stay with the Silkmen next season.
Macclesfield’s pre-season campaign begins on Tuesday 12 July when the take on Evo-Stik Premier Division side Buxton in the annual Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy match.
The game will take place at Buxton’s Silverlands stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.
Ticket prices have been announced, with adult tickets costing £6 and concessions costing £4, while juniors can go free with a full paying adult.
Prices for the match against Leek Town at Harrison Park on Saturday 16 July have also been revealed, with adult tickets priced at £5 while concessions are £3, under 11s can go free.
Along with their preseason matches, Macclesfield will find out how their National League fixtures will unfold when they are set to be released on Wednesday 6 July.
●● Macclesfield boss John Askey