Tro­phy win is ideal tem­plate

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey be­lieves his team can have suc­cess this sea­son if they con­tinue to re­peat the per­for­mance they put in against For­est Green Rovers on Satur­day.

The Silk­men moved into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Tro­phy af­ter the 1-0 vic­tory, with Danny White­head get­ting the only goal.

Macc are now back in league ac­tion this week­end when they face Torquay this week­end, know­ing that a win could see them climb as high as sev­enth if other re­sults go their way.

While Torquay are in 17th place, Askey is still ex­pect­ing a dif­fi­cult match, and he hopes to see a sim­i­lar show­ing from the game against For­est Green.

“We can en­joy the win against For­est Green and then it’s all about the league,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“We have Torquay on Satur­day now and if we fight like that, then we have got a chance. It has been a good start to the year and we’re just try­ing to keep it go­ing now.”

Macc and this week­end’s op­po­nents Torquay have al­ready met once this sea­son, with the Silk­men earn­ing a 2-0 vic­tory back in Au­gust.

Goals from Nor­burn and Ol­lie Chris Hol­royd earned Askey’s side all three points at the Moss Rose.

They will take con­fi­dence into the game fol­low­ing the vic­tory over For­est Green, and Askey was de­lighted with what he saw from the team.

“I couldn’t ask for any more off the play­ers against For­est Green. They worked hard and de­fended re­ally well against a very good team,” he said.

“When you’re 1-0 up and when you’re try­ing to de­fend the lead, you drop a lot deeper than you would want too, but then we weren’t able to get pres­sure on their de­fend­ers so they looked to play long balls to us.

“Hav­ing said that, they didn’t open us up at all. The main thing is that we are through to the next round of the FA Tro­phy.

“We were limited to very lit­tle chances but we did have the bet­ter chances - even though we had to de­fend.

“Ob­vi­ously Danny White­head scored, but we hit the post too and Chris Hol­royd could have wrapped it up at the end, but it’s re­ally pleas­ing to win.”

Mac­cles­field will now travel to ei­ther Brain­tree Town or Dul­wich Ham­let in the quar­ter-fi­nals, as those teams were set to

‘We have Torquay now and if we fight like that, we have got a chance’

meet in a re­play on Tues­day as the Ex­press went to print.

That game is set to take place on Fe­bru­ary 25, and Askey hopes Macc can go all the way.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to get to Wem­b­ley and ob­vi­ously every­body wants to as it’s one of the few com­pe­ti­tions that you can win at this level,” he said.

David Tol­l­i­day

Macc play­ers cel­e­brate Danny White­head’s win­ner in the FA Tro­phy

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