Askey’s sights set on Wem­b­ley

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is dream­ing of a trip to Wem­b­ley as his side pre­pares for their FA Tro­phy semi-fi­nal sec­ond leg against Tran­mere Rovers this week­end. The two teams are all-square at 1-1 af­ter the first leg at the Moss Rose on Satur­day, with Ol­lie Nor­burn’s sec­ond half equaliser can­celling out Jeff Hughes’ con­tro­ver­sial penalty for Tran­mere.

While the Silk­men will be seen as the un­der­dogs head­ing into the game at Pren­ton Park, Askey is con­fi­dent that his side have what it takes to reach the fi­nal.

“We know when we play well, that we can com­pete with any­body in the league, and that was the case in the first leg,” he said.

“It sets it up nicely for the next game and we’re look­ing for­ward to it. Hope­fully the whole of Mac­cles­field can go to Tran­mere and spur us on.

“I was pleased with how we played in the first leg and over the 90 min­utes I think we pro­duced the bet­ter foot­ball, but we were un­lucky with a few of our chances.”

Macc put in a hard­fought per­for­mance against Tran­mere when the two teams met at Pren­ton Park in the league ear­lier this sea­son, nar­rowly los­ing the game 1-0 af­ter con­ced­ing a late goal.

While they may have come up short in that game, Askey be­lieves a sim­i­lar per­for­mance could see his side earn the win this week­end.

“We did re­ally well when we played them at their place over Christ­mas but a du­bi­ous de­ci­sion was made and they got the win,” he said.

“We’ll go there full of con­fi­dence though and the match will start all square, so it’s a great chance for us to get to play at Wem­b­ley.

“The play­ers just need to roll their sleeves up and have a go and then we will see where it takes us.”

Tran­mere man­ager Micky Mel­lon is just as con­fi­dent of pro­gress­ing as Askey, and be­lieves his side are in the driv­ing seat.

“There’s still work to be done, but we’re pleased that we’re tak­ing it back to our place all square,” Mel­lon said. “We look for­ward to get­ting it on now and I’m cer­tainly sat­is­fied with the first leg re­sult as I didn’t think we were any­where near what we know we can do.

“When it’s over two legs, you’ve got to be pro­fes­sional and if you’re not play­ing great, like the foot­ball you’d nor­mally see from us, you’ve just got to make sure you do what we did and see it through.”

If Macc are vic­to­ri­ous against Tran­mere in the semi-fi­nal this week­end, they will set-up a match against ei­ther Na­tional League lead­ers Lin­coln City or York City in the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

Conor Mol­loy

Luke Sum­mer­field and Andy Halls cel­e­brate with goalscorer Ol­lie Nor­burn

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