Silk­men fly­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son says the con­fi­dence of the team is at an all-time high after mov­ing to the top of the Na­tional League ta­ble. The Silk­men have won four games in a row, in­clud­ing a 1-0 home win over Ebb­s­fleet United on Satur­day.

Wat­son is ex­tremely happy with how things have been go­ing, and wants them to keep up their good run of form over the com­ing weeks.

“The most pleas­ing thing for me is that at the mo­ment is that last sea­son we had spells where we’d man­age two wins but we would still fail to get a run of form go­ing.

“Now we’ve got that run go­ing, the lads are con­fi­dent,” he said. “Hope­fully they go into these games now be­liev­ing that they’re go­ing to win. With­out be­ing overly con­fi­dent it’s very good to have that be­lief that any game you go into you could win.

“We’ve got two very tough games com­ing in the league and the FA Cup in be­tween, and there’s still a lot of hard work to do.”

Wat­son now hopes the team’s re­cent im­pres­sive per­for­mances en­cour­age more fans to at­tend matches at the Moss Rose.

“It’s al­ways im­por­tant that the fans get be­hind the team. You can never put a price or value on how im­por­tant the fans are and they can be the twelth man and they can be a dif­fer­ence maker at times,” he said. “It’s vi­tal to put the fact we’re top of the league to the back of our minds. It’s very early in the sea­son. It’s nice to look at the league and see that we’re top but we know how much hard work needs to be done.”

De­spite be­ing the league lead­ers, Wat­son joked that man­ager John Askey still has an ini­tial tar­get in mind. He said: “No­body’s get­ting above them­selves, and if you ask John I’m sure he’ll tell you we’re still a few wins away from be­ing safe from rel­e­ga­tion!”

Mac­cles­field will now hope to carry their good run of league form into the FA Cup on Satur­day when they face Stour­bridge in the fourth qual­i­fy­ing round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Silk­men head to the War Me­mo­rial Ath­letic Ground for the game, with Stour­bridge cur­rently sit­ting fifth in the Evo-Stik Premier Di­vi­sion ta­ble. Macc reached the sec­ond round proper last sea­son, knock­ing out League One Wal­sall along the way.

‘I’m sure John will tell you we’re still a few wins from be­ing safe!’

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Mitch Han­cox fires the win­ning goal against Ebb­s­fleet at the Moss Rose on Satur­day to ex­tend Macc’s win­ning run

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