VAT’s the way to do it: Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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’

Pic: Conor Mol­loy; Front page pic: Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Play­ers and fans cel­e­brate John McCombe’s win­ner dur­ing the FA Cup first round win at Wal­sall

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