Macclesfield Town make the short journey up the A6 tomorrow to face local rivals Stockport County in the third pre-season friendly of the season.
Buoyed by the midweek victory over Bury on Tuesday evening, The Silkmen will be hoping to impress the Manager further, with the start of the 2017/28 season just two weeks away.
In his pre-match interviews, Sir John has stated that the trip to Edgeley Park will be more of a realistic test for his new look side, after facing higher league opposition during the opening two friendlies.
Askey has also stated that he will begin the process of reducing his squad from the twenty two on show against Bury. After overseeing 120 minutes of football, John must now whittle down the numbers and capture the all important signatures of those he wants to keep.
Matches against The Hatters have always tended to be entertaining affairs (who could forget the epic 4-3 win at Edgeley Park back in 2012), and Saturday should be no exception.
County began their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 3 – 0 victory at Cheadle Heath Nomads and this was followed up by a 2 – 1 win at Moss Lane against Evo-Stik League side Altrincham.
Last Saturday, County took on a strong Preston North End side at Edgeley Park and despite Jason Oswell’s early strike which put them ahead, North End ran out 2 – 1 winners in a match which saw all three goals scored within the first half hour.
Stockport have made several signings over the summer as they aim to bounce back to the National League at the fourth time of asking. Jason Oswell and Darren Stephenson have joined from Nantwich respectively, whilst Sam Walker (Salford City) and Matty Warburton (Curzon Ashton) join the Conference North side for the forthcoming season.
In addition to this, Stephen O’Halloran rejoined the club from Salford City, but the one name everyone should recognise is defender Dan Cowan who made the move from the Moss Rose over the summer.
At the time, many Silkmen fans were surprised that the 21 year old had been released by Sir John, but with limited First Team appearances Cowan made the move in a bid to play regular football.
Speaking to County’s official site, Manager Jim Gannon commented –
I’ve seen Dan play every year for Macclesfield Town against my teams, and he has always impressed me. I’ve seem him as a young, tenacious right-back and an assured centre-back in games against Northwich Victoria, and more recently as a left-back against County last pre-season. He’s grown in maturity with first team games and I feel he has all the attributes to develop into a top defender. Despite his overall versatility I see Dan’s potential being realised, initially with us, as a right centre-back in a three-man defence, although he has the experience and athleticism to play as a right full-back or wing-back”.
Jim Gannon. Stockport County Manager
The likeable Cowan, who is sure to get a good reception from the travelling Silkmen fans added –
I’ve enjoyed my time at Macclesfield Town for the past few years I’ve spent at the club, but it’s time to move on and push on with my career.”
Dan Cowan. Stockport County Defender
So it is all set up for a great afternoon’s football against our local rivals at Edgeley Park. Ticket prices are as follows –
Ages 6 – 17: £4
Under 6: Free with a full paying adult.
Admission is pay on the gate and for those of you who are driving to the match, then there is secure parking at the Booth Street Car Park priced at £4.
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