Wrex­ham v Mac­cles­field, Satur­day 3pm

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Watson ad­mits it is tough to choose a start­ing 11 due to how well a lot of the play­ers have per­formed dur­ing the summer.

The Silk­men get the 2017/18 Na­tional League cam­paign un­der way on Satur­day when they head to the Race­course Ground to face Wrex­ham.

Watson is un­sure at this stage what the start­ing line-up will be, and says that is due to the im­pres­sive per­for­mances the ma­jor­ity of the team have put in over the last few weeks.

“We’ve got a bit of a se­lec­tion headache! Every­body’s done well,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“Last sea­son at times we had 13 or 14 play­ers to choose from for our strong­est side, but now we’re look­ing at 18 out­field play­ers all look­ing good with the tri­al­ists.

“I’m pleased it’s John who’s got to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion and not me!”

One player that will be in the run­ning to start that open­ing league game against Wrex­ham is Danny Whi­taker, with the ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder set to en­ter his tenth sea­son in the club fol­low­ing two sep­a­rate spells.

The 36-year-old is a Moss Rose reg­u­lar, but a lot of his team­mates will be putting on a Mac­cles­field shirt for the first time dur­ing the forth­com­ing cam­paign.

While that may be the case, Whi­taker has re­vealed that the squad are all pulling in the right direction.

“We’re all feel­ing good, we’re all look­ing sharp in train­ing and we’re tak­ing that into the pre-sea­son games and hope­fully we can con­tinue that by bring­ing it into the Wrex­ham game,” Whi­taker said.

It’s go­ing well. These things take time, es­pe­cially with such a high turnover of play­ers it takes time to gel, learn each other’s weak­nesses and strengths but we’re slowly get­ting there and it can only get bet­ter.”

Steve Watson

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