Ross wants role

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town goal­keeper Craig Ross is hop­ing to force his way into con­tention this week­end for his side’s FA Tro­phy fi­nal against York City.

Ross has shared goal­keeper du­ties with Scott Flin­ders this sea­son, with Ross mak­ing 25 ap­pear­ances for Macc in all com­pe­ti­tions while Flin­ders has played 23 games.

It looks like Flin­ders is more likely to get the nod for the match at Wem­b­ley, but Ross will be do­ing all he can to try and be the one in the start­ing lineup.

“I’ve got to get my head down and work hard and do what I can do, so we’ll see what hap­pens,” he told the Mac­cles­field Ex­press.

“It’s a good oc­ca­sion to look for­ward to. I’ve been to see dif­fer­ent mates play in dif­fer­ent games at Wem­b­ley but you al­ways want to get there your­self.

“Ev­ery time I go there I think it could be me, and play­ing at Wem­b­ley is al­ways one of the things that in your ca­reer you try to aim to do.

“It was a tar­get of mine at the start of the sea­son, whether that be in the FA Tro­phy fi­nal or the play­off fi­nal, and thank­fully we’ve man­aged to do one of them.”

Mac­cles­field’s op­po­nents York have had suc­cess against the Silk­men this sea­son, win­ning both of their en­coun­ters in the Na­tional League.

With that in mind, Ross is ex­pect­ing an­other hard game even though York have gone on to suf­fer rel­e­ga­tion from the di­vi­sion.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough game.

“They’ve gone down but they’ve beaten us twice this sea­son so we owe them one,” he said.

“They’ve got good play­ers on pa­per and they will be fired up for it as they’ll want to give some­thing back to their fans af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son.

“Our games against them this sea­son were two very dif­fer­ent matches. At the start of the sea­son they were play­ing quite good foot­ball but then made a lot of changes through­out the year.

“At the end of the cam­paign they were very di­rect, phys­i­cal and strong, but we know what to ex­pect now.”

Mean­while, Silk­men skip­per Andy Halls reck­ons the his­tory the club en­joys in the FA Tro­phy makes this year’s fi­nal even more im­por­tant.

The Silk­men take on York City at Wem­b­ley on May 21, hop­ing to win the cup for the third time since its cre­ation nearly 50 years ago, so Halls thinks that makes it a unique sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s mas­sive that the club have an ex­tra spe­cial con­nec­tion with the com­pe­ti­tion hav­ing won it twice be­fore,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“Hav­ing

‘Ev­ery time I go there I think it could be me. It’s one of the things you try to aim for’

a man­ager that’s al­ready won it makes it seem an ex­tra spe­cial tro­phy for us so hope­fully we can win it and make it spe­cial for us as a team on the 21st May.”

Halls hopes that the town of Mac­cles­field can get be­hind the team and sup­port the play­ers.

“Last week I was at the trea­cle mar­ket and a few of the lads have been go­ing around schools try­ing to get ev­ery­one in the town in­volved,” he said.

“It’s a great day for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the club and hope­fully we can take some big num­bers with us.”

Halls also picked out his favourite mo­ment dur­ing his side’s run to the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was def­i­nitely Ol­lie Nor­burn’s goal at Tran­mere, we’ve done it the hard way of get­ting draws at Al­trin­cham and Dul­wich Ham­let,” he said.

“The two legs against Tran­mere was tight and the game against For­est Green was prob­a­bly one of our best per­for­mances but the high­light for me was def­i­nitely Ol­lie’s goal.”

Mac­cles­field Town man­ager John Askey and his play­ers headed into town this week to get kit­ted

Ol­lie Nor­burn

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