Play-offs by the New Year: Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey has stressed just how im­por­tant the next few weeks are af­ter set­ting his side the tar­get of be­ing in the play-off mix by the end of the year.

The Silk­men ended a run of six league games with­out a win on Satur­day af­ter pick­ing up a 2-1 vic­tory at Alder­shot Town.

That win put them ninth ahead of their match against Gateshead as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day, and Askey wants the team to keep per­form­ing over the next month.

“The games that are com­ing up are im­por­tant be­cause by Christ­mas and New Year we want to be hope­fully we can push on pleas­ing and the balls all sea­son that we needed from now and get into a com­ing in from wide a bit more strength up good po­si­tion by the start caused a threat all front, but he’s still not of Jan­uary. game,” he said. 100 per cent fit yet,” he

“I thought we worked “We got the win and said. re­ally hard to stop Alderthat’s what we needed. “He’s got un­til Jan­uary shot play­ing and we Now we need to con­tinue to prove him­self and played some good stuff win­ning over the next few hope­fully he’ll take his our­selves. weeks.” chance and im­prove our

“We cre­ated chances An­other player that chances of get­ting into the and Chris Hol­royd com­briefly fea­tured for Macc play-offs. ing back made all the di­fon Satur­day was new sign“It’s an­other body in the fer­ence.” ing Richard Brodie, who team and some­body we

Hol­royd scored two has ar­rived on loan from know can per­form at this goals on his re­turn to the York City. level, but first and fore­side, and Askey has Askey is glad to have most we have to get him fit.”praised­him­forthe­hard­hi­mon­board,bu­tad­mits close to the play-offs,” he work he put in dur­ing the that the striker still has Fol­low­ing Mac­cles­said. game. work to do to get to his field’s game at Gateshead

“We needed the win on “Chris’ move­ment best. on Tues­day, Askey’s side Satur­day and it has picked was great for the two “Richard has got a were set to host Dover every­body up. It gets us goals. There were two proven goalscor­ing Ath­letic at the Moss Rose back up and run­ning so good crosses which was record and we’ve known this week­end.

‘It gets us back up and run­ning, so hope­fully we can push on from now’

Emily Carey

Chris Hol­royd

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