Gaffer rues los­ing lead at Cham­pion Hill

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey ad­mits the 2-2 draw at Dul­wich Ham­let in the FA Tro­phy was a bit­ter­sweet re­sult.

The Silk­men were held by their op­po­nents at Cham­pion Hill, de­spite lead­ing the match 2-0 at one stage. The two teams were set to meet in a re­play at the Moss Rose as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day, and while Askey was glad to still be in the com­pe­ti­tion at that stage, he was dis­ap­pointed that his team squan­dered a lead.

“We al­ways knew it would be tough, and we said be­fore the game that if we came back with a draw we’d be happy,” he said.

“But be­ing 2-0 up means I’m not as happy as I would’ve been. We’re still in the com­pe­ti­tion though and we’ve got a great chance of get­ting through.”

New sign­ing Luke Sum­mer­field got Macc’s goals, but they were pegged back af­ter Quade Tay­lor and Ash­ley Carew net­ted for the hosts.

De­spite Dul­wich Ham­let be­ing sev­eral di­vi­sions be­low Mac­cles­field, Askey knew it would be a tough bat­tle.

“It was dif­fi­cult. Dul­wich have some de­cent play­ers and it was a big crowd,” he said. “One or two de­ci­sions went their way that might not have in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances as well, but that’s what hap­pens when we go to grounds like that.”

If Mac­cles­field were able to beat Dul­wich Ham­let in Tues­day’s re­play, they would have booked a place in the semi-fi­nals against Na­tional League ri­vals Tran­mere Rovers, with that tie tak­ing place over two legs.

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