VAT’s the way to do it: Askey
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey says his side’s FA Cup victory over Walsall means the club can now pay off their VAT bill.
The Silkmen caused a big upset on Saturday after picking up a 1-0 win over their League One opponents at the Banks’ Stadium.
Askey’s men will now take on Oxford at the Kassam Stadium in the second round of the competition.
John McCombe got the only goal of the match in the first half against Walsall to earn Macc the win, and Askey has revealed just how vital that win is for the club.
“It is massive as it means we can pay the VAT bill this week,” said Askey following the win.
“We’ve not got a benefactor – there are a lot of clubs in our league that have, but we haven’t.
“It is only through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to compete like we do.
“The FA Cup has saved the club numerous times. I remember when we played West Ham one year and if we hadn’t got them in the cup, we could’ve gone under as a club.
“We’ll have got around 20 grand for this win, so for a club like us it’s huge, and then we’ve got the gate receipts for the next game to come too.”
Walsall are two divisions above Macclesfield, and Askey felt that the win will be long remembered in the club’s history.
“I think to go to a place like that and get a win makes it one of the best wins that Macclesfield have ever had,” he said.
“I thought we more than matched them so it’s a very pleasing win and will be a massive lift for the football club.
“We knew who Walsall’s danger man was and we had Andy Halls picking him up and it meant we nullified them a lot.
“Going the other way we created quite a few chances ourselves. I thought Jack Mackreth should have scored as he played really well, so it was a shame he didn’t finish it off with a goal.
“What he did do though is bring other people into play and enable us to create chances, so I was really pleased with him.
“You want to progress as far as you can in the competition so after going to Walsall and getting a result, we know that we can give any of the other teams a game.”
‘It is massive as it means we can pay the VAT bill this week’
Players and fans celebrate John McCombe’s winner during the FA Cup first round win at Walsall