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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town boss John Askey has backed his side to be up there chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion come the end sea­son.

The Silk­men re­cov­ered from back to back league de­feats by pick­ing up a 2-0 of the vic­tory at Bar­row on Satur­day, with Jared Hodgkiss and El­liot Dur­rell get­ting the goals for the vis­i­tors.

It leaves Macc in sec­ond place in the Na­tional League ta­ble, just one point be­hind top of the ta­ble Dover Ath­letic, and Askey wants his team to keep play­ing at their best.

“Our form is good in re­gard to points and if we keep per­form­ing like we did on Satur­day, then we’re likely to win games and con­tinue to be as high as we can in the ta­ble,” he said.

“Who­ever we play, if we play to our po­ten­tial and put our chances away, we are more than a match for any­body.

“Hope­fully we can keep do­ing that and push on.

“The po­si­tion we are in is very pleas­ing at this time of the sea­son but it will count for noth­ing un­less we are there at the end of the sea­son.”

Mac­cles­field were in con­trol through­out the game against Bar­row over the week­end, and Askey was pleased with his team’s ef­forts.

“We caused them a lot of prob­lems. It re­ally was a great team per­for­mance. Go­ing for­ward we al­ways looked like we had a goal in us, and we looked like we could score ev­ery time we went for­ward on Satur­day,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously, I didn’t ex­pect it to be Jared who scored first, but again it was an­other well-worked goal. An ex­cel­lent team goal to score.

“I think we kept the ball for about 15 passes in that move, with Jared get­ting a give and go with Danny (Whi­taker) to get in the po­si­tion to score. It was just what we’d needed af­ter re­cent re­sults.”

Askey had made a num­ber of changes from the team that had played For­est Green Rovers in the FA Cup the pre­vi­ous week, and he ad­mits it is nice hav­ing op­tions avail­able to him.

He said: “It’s not a headache! It’s a nice po­si­tion to be in, if we do get a cou­ple of in­juries in cer­tain po­si­tions we could do with strength­en­ing but more or less every­one is fit so it is a good sit­u­a­tion to have.”

Up next for Mac­cles­field is a home game against Bore­ham Wood on Satur­day.

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