Our big­gest FA Tro­phy fi­nal yet

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey thinks reach­ing the FA Tro­phy fi­nal this year is a big­ger achieve­ment than when they have man­aged it in the past.

The Silk­men will hope to pick up sil­ver­ware this sea­son when they take on York City at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on May 21.

It is the fourth time that Macc have reached the fi­nal since its in­cep­tion 47 years ago, with vic­to­ries com­ing in 1970 and 1996, while they were also run­ners up in 1989.

They now have the chance to win the com­pe­ti­tion again later this month, and Askey thinks this could be the most im­por­tant tri­umph yet.

“It’s prob­a­bly a big­ger achieve­ment now than it has been in the past as we’ve beaten the likes of For­est Green and Tran­mere Rovers to get here,” he said.

“There are a lot of full time clubs at our level and the level be­low so it’s a big achieve­ment for us to get there and I couldn’t be more pleased.

“It’s the one com­peti- tion you have a good chance of win­ning along with the league, so to get there four times in the last 50 or so years is re­ally good.”

Mac­cles­field don’t have any more matches be­fore the clash with York later this month, but he in­sists the three week gap be­tween fix­tures won’t be an is­sue.

“We’ll have a week off from train­ing and then two weeks train­ing for Wem­b­ley, so we’ll give it our best shot.

“This week we’ll be around the schools due to the in­ter­est gen­er­ated from Wem­b­ley, so hope­fully we can pro­mote the club a lit­tle bit more than it has done in the past.”

Tick­ets for the FA Tro­phy fi­nal be­tween Mac­cles­field and York are now avail­able, with in­for­ma­tion on how to pur­chase found on the of­fi­cial Mac­cles­field Town web­site.

‘To get there four times in the last 50 or so years is re­ally good go­ing’

Matt Rat­cliffe

Mac­cles­field boss John Askey

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