Pilks excited by Wembley prospect
MACCLESFIELD Town defender George Pilkington admits that the players are dreaming of Wembley after reaching the FA Trophy quarter-finals.
The Silkmen pulled off a big win on Saturday by defeating Forest Green Rovers 1-0 to move into the final eight of the competition.
They will now take on either Brantree or Dulwich Hamlet in the next round, and Pilkington is excited at the prospect of getting to the final.
“As the manager rightly says it’s a chance to play at Wembley, and no player in their right mind would turn that down,” he told the club’s official website. “I think the early rounds are quite difficult in many respects to get through, then you get to this stage in the competition and it becomes real, all of a sudden that with a few good results you can get close to Wembley.”
Forest Green are one of the main contenders for promotion from the National League, showing just how impressive Macclesfield’s win was.
Macc suffered defeat to Forest Green when the two teams in in a league clash earlier in the season, and Pilkington admits that the players had revenge on their mind.
“Thinking back to when we played them earlier in the season at home and we lost 1-0, I think it’s the first half of football that most of our lads will remember for the wrong reasons,” he said. “We couldn’t get the ball off them, and they caused us a lot of problems, but now we have won.”
‘It’s a chance to play at Wembley and no player would turn that down’
David Fitzpatrick in action for Macc during the FA Trophy win at the weekend