Cup can spark league re­vival

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey be­lieves this week­end’s FA Cup clash with Wal­sall is com­ing at a perfect time so his side can have a break from the league.

The Silk­men travel to the Bescot Sta­dium to take on the League One

‘If we can get a re­sult at Wal­sall it will breathe con­fi­dence into the side and get us back on track’

club, with a place in the sec­ond round of the com­pe­ti­tion up for grabs.

After a good start to their league cam­paign, Mac­cles­field have now dropped to 10th after fail­ing to win any of their last five matches.

With that in mind, Askey is glad to have the FA Cup to think about this week­end in­stead of the league, and wants his play­ers to show him what they can do.

“We’ve got the FA Cup game on Satur­day which is re­lief from the league, and if we can get a re­sult at Wal­sall then it will breathe con­fi­dence into the side and get us back on track, so that’s one to look for­ward to,” he said.

“I’d have maybe liked a game on Tues­day to try and get back on it, but the FA Cup is al­ways a nice dis­trac­tion and some­thing that the play­ers can all en­joy.

“Wal­sall will be an im­por­tant game as the money that will come from it is huge if we are able to win.”

This week­end’s op­po­nents Wal­sall cur­rently find them­selves sit­ting in 12th place in the League One ta­ble.

The Sad­dlers are on a de­cent run of form, hav­ing gone un­beaten in their last five league matches, in­clud­ing three wins and two draws.

Macc’s last match saw them suf­fer 2-1 de­feat to Maid­stone United on Satur­day, and Askey was frus­trated with what he saw from his team.

“The play­ers have played well over the last three or four games but it’s about get­ting points on the board and we’re not do­ing that,” he said.

“We need a bit more com­po­sure at times. On Satur­day I thought we had our fair share of pos­ses­sion but it was just a dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon.

“We’ll just have to keep work­ing harder and hope­fully things will change. There are fine lines at times and things might not work for you but even­tu­ally it will come right if you’re good enough.”

Mac­cles­field sup­port­ers are al­ready able to pur­chase tick­ets for this week­end’s match with Wal­sall after they re­ceived an ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion.

Tick­ets are avail­able from the club and priced at £15 for adults, £10 for se­niors and £5 for ju­niors.

RUGBY UNION SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD RUFC head coach Giles Hea­gerty has de­clared that ev­ery game counts from now on ahead of this week­end’s clash with Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park.

The two teams meet at Pri­ory Park on Satur­day with Mac­cles­field look­ing to move off the bot­tom of the ta­ble, and Hea­gerty is hope­ful they can change their re­cent for­tunes.

“We’re fully aware of the chal­lenges we face, not just this week­end with DMP, but also for the next 21 games,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“It all boils down to ac­count­abil­ity once again. The sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in is en­tirely of our own mak­ing.

“What we have to do is roll up our sleeves and at­tack the chal­lenge head on, be­cause ev­ery game from now on in counts.

“DMP know they’ll face a chal­lenge at Pri­ory Park. It’s not an easy place to come to, and we’ll try our best to make their visit as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble.

“They have a strong squad that is pre­dom­i­nantly full-time, whether they’ll ad­mit to that or not. That af­fords them time to work con­sis­tently with their play­ing squad, and that’s a lux­ury many other clubs don’t have out­side the Premier­ship and the Cham­pi­onship.

“The pri­mary fo­cus for us this week­end is to con­cen­trate on our own game, and not worry about what the op­po­si­tion may or may not do.

“We’ve suf­fered over the last nine games be­cause of a con­sis­tent lack of at­ten­tion to de­tail. I’ll be de­mand­ing the play­ers ex­e­cute pro­cesses to the mi­nut­est de­tail. If we can do that we can cer­tainly make life un­com­fort­able for DMP.”

Conor Mol­loy

Jack Samp­son strik­ing at goal in the re­cent draw against Ch­ester. This week­end Macc take on Wal­sall

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