Big guns are not missed at Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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.

Matt Ratcliffe

●● Mac­cles­field boss John Askey

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