On Saturday we face a trip to 3rd placed Macclesfield Town in what is sure to be another tough assignment away from home for Steve Housham’s side. Here we look at the key players to watch out for in the Silkmen squad.
Between the Sticks
The Silkmen have recently signed York Goalkeeper Scott Flinders on a loan deal. He has started the last two games for Macclesfield, both resulting in victories. 2-1 away at bottom of the table Guiseley and a 3-0 home win over Wrexham. The 30 year old has lots of experience having played 252 games for Hartlepool and 47 games for York City. With two goalkeepers already in their squad Macclesfield obviously felt he was a good quality keeper at this level to bring him in over the 2 keepers they already had. Hopefully our strikers will keep him busy on Saturday.
At the Back
Macclesfield’s captain is full back Andy Halls, a fullback who has played in league one for Stockport and made over 100 appearances for them before moving to Macclesfield. He has now played over 100 games for Macclesfield and has earnt a call up to the England C side. A talented full back and one to watch out for on Saturday. The other full back is vastly experience George Pilkington. At 34 he is no spring chicken but he has won Macclesfield’s player of the season for two consecutive seasons so he is a key player for them.
John McCombe is another experienced player at the heart of their defence so they will be organised and difficult for us to break down however the pace of Reece Thompson and Connor Robinson may be able to trouble them.
In the Engine Room
Macclesfield certainly have goals in their midfield. Danny Whitaker scored 2 in the recent win over Wrexham and Danny Rowe (no not the Fylde one) has scored 3 goals this season and grabbed the clubs goal of the season award last term. Kingsley James also scores his fair share of goals from midfield so our boys in the middle like Russell and Oliver will have to be very disciplined to keep tabs on them. Hopefully with so many attack minded players in the side we may be able to catch them on the counter attack at some stage.
Macclesfield’s most prolific striker this season has been Chris Holroyd. He has only notched 4 goals but with so many goals coming from midfield this may not be a surprise. Like many in the Silkmen side he is experienced at this level and will be looking to give our defence and Rory Watson a tough game.
Macclesfield are managed by John Askey. Askey made over 500 appearances for the Cheshire side during his playing career and took over as manager in 2003 as a club legend. His first period in charge of the club only lasted one season but he stayed at the club as youth team manager where he brought some talented players through into the first team. He was given the first team mangers job again in 2013. Macclesfield have remained in the National league since then but this season it looks like Askey could be steering them towards promotion.