Ox­ford far from ideal tie for Ross

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

MACCLESFIELD Town goal­keeper Craig Ross ad­mits it isn’t an ideal FA Cup tie for his side af­ter they were drawn at home to League One Ox­ford United in the sec­ond round.

The Silk­men pro­gressed past round one af­ter a 1-0 vic­tory at Wal­sall on Satur­day, and will now at­tempt to up­set the odds once again when they host Ox­ford at the Moss Rose on the weekend of De­cem­ber 3.

Ross had hoped for an eas­ier match to try and boost his team’s hopes of reach­ing the third round, but he be­lieves that Macc can still come out on top.

“It’s good to have a home tie but we would have wanted lower league op­po­si­tion,” he said.

“We’ve got to take the con­fi­dence from Satur­day where we’ve al­ready beaten a League One team and show what we can do again.

“We know what we can do at home so hope­fully we can get through to the third round and get a big money tie as that will help the club.

“The third round is ba­si­cally the cup fi­nal for non-league clubs. Fi­nan­cially it can be huge and it’s also a great chance to test your­self against higher level play­ers.

“The FA Cup is a bonus and a nice dis­trac­tion but the league is where we want to per­form so we can do well this year and get pro­moted.”

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