Macclesfield Town will begin their sixth season in the National League with a trip to Welsh side Wrexham tomorrow afternoon, and Sir John’s new look side will no doubt be looking to extend their fine run against the Red Dragons, which has seen them beaten in just one of the last ten League fixtures.
Confidence is high that Macc will be able to improve on last season’s ninth place finish, and with the extension of the National League Play-Offs this year then there is no reason why we should not be targeting a return to the Football League come next spring.
Askey has made some very astute signings over the summer, and in total has signed fifteen new players following the apparent exodus in the wake of our FA Trophy Final defeat last May.
With such an overhaul it is understandable that the team may need time to gel, but the initial signs look very encouraging. In terms of potential, I really do believe that the squad assembled over the summer is far superior to last season’s, and as a result I see no reason why we should not be aiming for a place in the play-offs, despite the fact that there are many teams out there with fatter cheque books than ours.
This sentiment seems to be echoed in part by Sir John, as he spoke to the Official Site ahead of the season’s opener –
All the players can’t wait for it to start really. It is that time of the season where everybody gets anxious or excited about the first game, but as we all know it is a long season and we have just got to make sure that we go in to the game not too excitable as there is a job to be done and to play with confidence.
We know all about Wrexham, they have decent players and have spent heavily over the summer.
But whoever we play, I think that if we play to our potential then we are a match for anybody in this league”.
John Askey. Speaking to the Official Site.
The Red Dragons are about to embark on their tenth season in the National League, and are desperate for a Football League return after a disappointing thirteenth place finish last season.
As John alluded to, they have spent heavily over the summer bringing in thirteen new players to bolster their title challenge.
Manager Dean Keates has made no secret of the fact that promotion is the objective, and has assembled a strong looking squad to try and achieve it.
No less than five former Silkmen have signed on at the Racecourse Ground – these include James Jennings, Jack Mackreth, Scott Boden and Chris Holroyd who left the Moss Rose this summer to join the Welshmen.
The other ex-Silkman is midfielder Sam Wedgbury who played his part in Forest Green Rovers’ glorious promotion last season.
Speaking to the Daily Post, the 28 year old makes no secret of his ambitions for the forthcoming season –
That’s the reason I signed here (to earn promotion), the club is a sleeping giant at this level, and indeed the level above and League One.
“When I spoke to the gaffer I knew the sort of players he wanted to bring in and he has brought in real good characters. It is about us as players to put the performances in on the pitch now.
“You’ll see when the crowds are here and 6,000 turn up, that is one of the reason I did sign here. It is a club with a lot of history and it is a big club and that is why I signed”.
Sam Wedgbury. Speaking to the Daily Post.
The Red Dragons have warmed up for the opening fixture with a 2 – 0 win at Evo-Stik League side Altrincham, before being held to a 1 – 1 draw against Chorley last week.
Scott Boden had put the National League side ahead, but former Macc trialist Courtney Meppen-Walter hit a stunning free-kick to gibe Chorley a share of the spoils.
Our hosts have just one injury concern going in to the game, that being Captain Shaun Pearson after he suffered a knee injury which was picked up at Altrincham.
So, the next nine months start here – hold on tight, it is going to be one hell of a ride!
Ticket Prices are as follows –
Adults – £20.00
Concs – £15.00 (Over 64 & U21)
Concs – £8.00 (Over 80 & U18)
Adult + Under 18 – £23.00
Adult + Under 11 – £21.00
Family tickets will need to be bought in advance and collected on the day of the game. Others can save £1.00 on their admission price by doing the same.