Trophy win is ideal template
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.
Macc players celebrate Danny Whitehead’s winner in the FA Trophy