Askey’s 11 win tar­get

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

JOHN Askey has set his Mac­cles­field Town side a tar­get of win­ning at least 11 of their re­main­ing games this sea­son in order to fin­ish in the play-offs.

Mac­cles­field are eighth in the National League ta­ble, hav­ing won 14, drawn four and lost 10 of their 28 matches so far this sea­son.

One of those wins came on Satur­day, when they earned a 2-0 vic­tory against rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened North Fer­riby United. That made it three wins out of Macc’s last four games, and Askey now wants them to kick on and keep win­ning in order to se­cure a play-off place at the end of the sea­son.

“We need about an­other 11 or 12 wins now to have any chance of get­ting in the play-offs so with each game we know we’ve just got to go out there and try to get the win,” he said.

“It’s at that point in the sea­son where we con­cen­trate on win­ning as many games as we can now, and we know who­ever we play it’s im­por­tant that we win.”

Mac­cles­field were com­fort­able in the game against North Fer­riby, with Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton and Danny White­head get­ting two first-half goals to help earn their side the three points.

It saw the Silk­men re­turn to win­ning ways after a shock de­feat to Guise­ley last week, and Askey was glad that the team re­deemed them­selves.

“Ev­ery­body was dis­ap­pointed after Guise­ley, but you never stop learn­ing,” he said.

“I thought against North Fer­riby right from the off we were at it, and we should have scored a lot more goals, but that was the only dis­ap­point­ment on the day.

“They had a good re­sult last week against South­port but it was a game that we were ex­pected to win as we had a good win there in the FA Cup.

“We had our game against Eastleigh on Tues­day post­poned so that gave us an ex­tra few days to get some rest in be­fore the game.

“Against Guise­ley last week we made two bad mis­takes for the penal­ties

‘With each game we know we’ve just got to go out there and try to get the win’

and we weren’t good enough to re­cover from it, but the nice thing to come from it was that we were in no worse po­si­tion be­cause the re­sults went in our favour, so after win­ning against North Fer­riby we have less points to get now.”

Askey will now hope that his side carry their form into this week­end when they turn their at­ten­tion to the FA Tro­phy.

Mac­cles­field have a tough match, host­ing For­est Green Rovers at the Moss Rose, who cur­rently sit sec­ond in the National League ta­ble.

The two teams have al­ready met once this sea­son in the league, with Macc suf­fer­ing a 1-0 home de­feat back in Novem­ber.

Peter Hil­ton Photography

Mac­cles­field play­ers cel­e­brate their 2-0 win at North Fer­riby United at the week­end

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