Local rivals Stockport County await the Silkmen this afternoon and despite the game being billed as a friendly, the Manager is not taking the fixture lightly.
After a one all draw against National League side Wrexham on Tuesday, Yates will be determined to end his first pre-season at the Moss Rose with a win and despite the first fixture of the League Two campaign only a week away, Yates is adamant that his attention solely lies with the test at Edgeley Park.
“We’ll have a look and make sure nobodies got any knocks, but we’ll pick a team that will go there and treat it as league game.
"It’s a local derby, we played Altrincham last week and it didn’t quite work for us so we’ve got to make sure we are aware of it.
"We don’t want to get beat on the last game before the season starts, we want to go into it on a high and win the game."
Despite Yates treating this fixture as if it were a league encounter, the Manager will be hoping to avoid any injuries for the match against Swindon in a week's time and will be desperate for his squad to finish the match against The Hatters unscathed.
"It’s about game-time as well", Yates said.
"We think we have arranged a friendly for next week behind closed doors - just to make sure that everyone at least plays one 90 minute game, but we want to win this afternoon just like we’ll want to win against Swindon.”
The Macclesfield boss was quick to deny that his starting eleven for the season opener was already decided and stated that this afternoon gives the players the perfect opportunity to make those final good impressions.
“100 percent, you have three weeks where it’s all about fitness and then the Manager has to start picking a starting eleven.
"Unfortunately that doesn’t fit in with the other seven, eight or nine who don't get in, but that’s what it is it’s about - getting that jersey and then trying to keep it.
"If you’re not in the first game, believe me, that won’t be the team for the rest of the season.
"It’s then about fighting for your place, showing a good attitude and showing what you can contribute to the team.
By Joshua Kerr