This Saturday, National League teams enter footballs oldest and most loved competition, the FA Cup.
Each team is one win away from the first round ‘proper’ and the money that comes with that is a massive boost to any non-league side.
Last season was one to remember for Silkmen fans as Macc produced a first-round giant killing, beating Walsall at the Banks's Stadium which set up another tough game against Oxford which was shown live on the BBC.
John Askey will be looking to cause an upset in the first round again. But first, Stourbridge stand in their way in the fourth preliminary round. It will be no easy task. When it comes to non-league teams in the FA Cup Stourbridge are one of the most successful.
Last season they went on a run to the prestigious third round beating League One Northampton Town along the way. Plus, the Glassboys have reached the second-round proper a massive four times in the past seven years. An impressive stat.
John Askey spoke to mtfc.co.uk ahead of the important cup tie. He said: “They’ve got a recent tradition of doing well in the cup. “They’ve got good players and it won’t be easy. They got a gate of around 2,000 on Saturday so they’re well supported and before we can nullify the crowd and start playing the football we’ve been playing.
"We’ve got to go there full of confidence and hopefully we can get through to the next round.
“It’s very important to go through both from a financial point of view and also from the players point of view as they want to be in the hat and playing against league clubs in the next round.
“We’ll treat it like any other game and we’ll watch the video footage and hopefully we can come out on top.”
By Andrew Gate