Macc still in the race

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists that his side are still firmly in the play-off hunt af­ter Satur­day’s 2-0 vic­tory over Brain­tree Town.

Two sec­ond-half goals from Con­nor Jen­nings and Chris Hol­royd helped the Silk­men come out on top and earn all three points.

It left Macc ninth in the Na­tional League ta­ble, six points off the play-off places but with games in hand on the teams above them. With that in mind, Askey has urged his side to keep go­ing as they try to earn pro­mo­tion back to the Football League.

“There’s still loads to play for and if we hit a good run of form at the right time then we could be right in there,” he said.

Ev­ery­body is beat­ing ev­ery­body at the mo­ment so we’ve still got a great chance and we’ve got the play­ers to do it.”

The vic­tory over Brain­tree saw Mac­cles­field re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter a 1-0 de­feat to Bar­row in mid­week.

Askey felt his side should have taken some­thing from that game, so was there­fore glad to bounce back against Brain­tree.

“Ob­vi­ously, we were frus­trated with the Bar­row game and with the chances that we had against Brain­tree we should have scored more in that game too,” he said.

“It was good to see Con­nor and Chris score and hope­fully that’s a sign of things to come. It’s pleas­ing in the end be­cause for all the chances we cre­ated it looked like it might be one of those days again.

“It’s good to get three points and it keeps us in there, giv­ing us a fight­ing chance. We said at half­time the only thing wrong is that we’re not tak­ing our chances. It can play on your mind.

“When you’re scor­ing you don’t think about it, but if you stop you be­gin to think too much. The main thing is we’re cre­at­ing chances and if you keep cre­at­ing chances the goals will come even­tu­ally.”

While Askey wants more from his at­tack­ers, Mac­cles­field have been im­pres­sive in de­fence in re­cent games.

The Silk­men boss is glad to see that, and thinks that can play a big role in his team’s bat­tle for the play­offs.

“We’ve not con­ceded for five games in open play. It’s re­ally pleas­ing to keep it tight at the back as we’ve al­ways got a chance.”

It’s set to be a busy week for Mac­cles­field, as they were due to travel to Eastleigh for a Na­tional League game as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day.

Askey’s side are then back on the road this week­end, when they make the trip to Dul­wich Ham­let in the FA Tro­phy on Satur­day, with a place in the semi-fi­nals up for grabs.

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Chris Hol­royd, left, cel­e­brates his goal with Luke Sum­mer­field

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