Bounce back the aim for York trip

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - RYAN DOBNEY

LUKE Sum­mer­field and his Mac­cles­field team-mates were look­ing for­ward to putting the Alder­shot de­feat be­hind them with a mid­week trip to York.

Speak­ing ahead of Tues­day’s clash at Bootham Cres­cent against a York out­fit bat­tling to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, Sum­mer­field in­sisted it was a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to get back to win­ning ways.

“The Alder­shot loss was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we’d had a bril­liant few weeks and a week pre­vi­ously we’d been cel­e­brat­ing reach­ing Wem­b­ley with Cham­pagne,” he said.

“It was a very dif­fer­ent story this week­end, but that’s foot­ball for you.

“We’ll go again on Tues­day for what is a mas­sive game. We’ll learn from the Alder­shot game, but we know how good we have been in the last few weeks and we have to go again on Tues­day.

“We have that many games in hand that noth­ing is past us.

“We have enough games in hand to be able to get the re­sults to get us back in the play-offs.

“We knew we couldn’t win ev­ery sin­gle game up to the end of the sea­son. This was a set­back but we have a quick op­por­tu­nity to put it right at York

“It’s a big game for us and a big game for them. We have to bounce back and get the Alder­shot re­sult out of the way and go again, try­ing to get back into those play-offs.”

The clash is a re­hearsal for the FA Tro­phy fi­nal at Wem­b­ley be­tween the two teams in May – but Sum­mer­field in­sisted the Silk­men’s sights were trained on a play-off place be­fore the big day in the cap­i­tal comes into the reck­on­ing.

“We can’t look too far ahead and ob­vi­ously our main aim is to get into the play-offs, which would be a mas­sive achieve­ment for us.”

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town slumped to their first de­feat in six, as John Askey’s side lost 2-0 to an im­pres­sive Alder­shot Town.

It was a dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon for the Silk­men who will rue missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as the gap to the play-off po­si­tions now stretches to nine.

Prior to kick off, Askey made three changes to the side that beat Ch­ester 3-2 four days ear­lier.

Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton, Chris Hol­royd and Kings­ley James were re­called back into the start­ing eleven, as the trio were rested for the win at the Deva Sta­dium.

De­spite the neg­a­tive re­sult, Mac­cles­field still have three games in hand on Alder­shot who oc­cupy the fi­nal play-off po­si­tion, but for the FA Tro­phy fi­nal­ists, the re­sult will cer­tainly be of a huge dis­ap­point­ment to Askey.

He said: “We looked a bit lack­lus­tre and they did well.

“From our point of view we were hop­ing we could per­form to­day but we lacked en­ergy re­ally.”

Yet at a Sunny Moss Rose, the home side started off the bet­ter of the two teams in an open­ing spell that pre­sented very few clear cut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The first real chance of the game came when the tricky Rhys Browne man­aged to find space in­be­hind the op­po­si­tion de­fence and de­liver a dan­ger­ous cross into the box.

How­ever, the An­tiguan in­ter­na­tional and for­mer Alder­shot man was un­able to find a team mate and his cross was scram­bled away.

The con­tin­u­ing pres­sure ap­plied by the Silk­men prompted a re­ac­tion from the away side, who

As the half came to an end, each side was strug­gling to as­sert their au­thor­ity on the game. The tac­ti­cal game of chess be­tween each side meant the teams largely can­celled one an­other out.

Nev­er­the­less, as the teams emerged for the se­cond half the game was met with more de­ter­mi­na­tion, as they re­alised a point would not suit.

The first chance came when the re­called Kings­ley James tried his luck from a 35-yard half-vol­ley but his at­tempt was easily gath­ered by Jake Cole.

Men­sah had his se­cond and prob­a­bly the best chance of the game shortly af­ter but he could not make a suf­fi­cient con­nec­tion in front of goal as the ball came in from Idris Kanu.

Yet the dead­lock was even­tu­ally bro­ken af­ter 59 min­utes when the ef­fec­tive Men­sah, who had trou­bled Mac­cles­field all game, guided a lovely through ball to Benyu. The mid­fielder con­trolled well and toe-poked his ef­fort

CONOR MOL­LOY

Jack Mack­reth in ac­tion against Alder­shot

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against Alder­shot at the Moss Rose

Chris Hol­royd gets a shot away against Alder­shot

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