Macclesfield Town manager John Askey has turned his attention to the upcoming fixture against Southport on Tuesday night, with the Silkmen looking to build on a strong start to the National League season.

Macclesfield go into the game at Moss Rose off the back of a 3-1 away victory against Braintree last Saturday, and return home for the Southport clash where the club won the opening game of the season against Torquay.

Askey, though, knows that Southport will be a different game to Braintree, but is confident of getting a result if the Silkmen continue in the same fashion as they’ve started the season.

“Southport have always been a difficult team for us to play against and I’m not expecting anything different. But if we can play like we have been doing then we know we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

One man who will be unavailable for the match is new signing Mitch Hancox, after his sending off against Braintree, which will hand David Fitzpatrick an opportunity in the first team against his former club, and Askey highlighted the importance of making new signings.

“It’s disappointing for Mitch, and that’s why I thought it was important to get cover in all positions, but it gives David a chance. Now it’s up to David to keep his shirt.”

The Silkmen have had a strong goal threat so far this season, something which the manager is pleased with, and he is hopeful that the players can continue that threat going into the Southport fixture.

“We’ve looked sharp – Chris Holroyd’s back to what I remember him as three or four years ago, he’s looked sharp and has got a goal in him. Jack, as I always know, looks a footballer, it’s great to see him score and hopefully he can continue to do that, but if he doesn’t score he brings a lot to the team anyway, and Danny Rowe just looks better than anybody at the moment so hopefully Danny can keep that going.”


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