‘Heart­break will make us bet­ter’

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town cap­tain Andy Halls in­sists the team will ben­e­fit next sea­son from the ex­pe­ri­ences they have faced dur­ing the past cam­paign. The Silk­men missed out on the play­offs af­ter fin­ish­ing ninth in the National League ta­ble, be­fore then suf­fer­ing heart­break with a 3-2 de­feat to York City in the FA Tro­phy fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

While it may have been a frus­trat­ing end for Mac- cles­field, Halls is adamant that there are plenty of pos­i­tives to take into the new sea­son, both on the pitch and off it.

“I think the sil­ver lin­ing is that the club’s made money from the cup run in the FA Cup and the cup run in the FA Tro­phy which I think is the best you can take out of this sea­son,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“We fin­ished higher than what we did last sea­son, we earned more points so in that as­pect it’s pos­i­tive.

“I think over­all, de­spite not win­ning the tro­phy at the end, we can take a lot of pos­i­tives and say that this has been a good sea­son, which will help go­ing into next sea­son for sure.

“When we lost the FA Tro­phy fi­nal I was gut­ted for ev­ery­one in­volved and all the fans that trav­elled down in num­bers.

“I’m just dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t do it, I feel that we de­served it – we were the only team look­ing to cre­ate chances and play foot­ball.

“But they had three shots on tar­get and scored all three so I’m not tak­ing any­thing away from them, they’re re­ally ef­fec­tive in what they do.

“I just feel that we didn’t get what we de­served and with these fi­nals it is heart­break­ing stuff – it’s the most down I’ve been af­ter a foot­ball match.”

York’s FA Tro­phy win came just a few weeks af­ter they suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion from the National League, but Halls ad­mits that league form went out of the win­dow in the game.

“It doesn’t re­ally count for any­thing. Parkin made life dif­fi­cult for the de­fend­ers,” he said.

“They had three shots and scored from all of them where we cre­ated five or six real good chances and not put them away.”

Just over a week re­moved from the fi­nal, Halls is still full of praise for all of the fans that made the trip to Wem­b­ley to cheer on Mac­cles­field.

“The sup­port was un­be­liev­able.

“If I’m hon­est I didn’t ex­pect that num­ber to come to fol­low Macc to the fi­nal so a huge credit to them,” he said.

“I’d like to thank them all per­son­ally but ob­vi­ously that’s not pos­si­ble so my mes­sage to them is thanks for com­ing and I’m sorry that we couldn’t get the re­sult that we de­served.”

Andy Halls

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