John On Forest Green Tie

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 17 Oct 2017

John Askey believes Macclesfield Town could be travelling to face Forest Green at just the right time after the draw for the FA Cup first round was confirmed last night.

The Silkmen, who were ball number 62 in the draw, booked their place in round one with a 5-0 win over Stourbridge last Saturday.

Meanwhile, opponents, Forest Green, come into the competition after struggling in the early stages of the League Two season. Mark Cooper’s side sit 23rd after the opening 13 games, having collected only six points in the process.

They are, of course, enjoying their first season in the EFL after winning the National League play-offs in May and are a side that Macclesfield have faced on a number of occasions in recent seasons.

Whilst the manager admits the tie isn’t one he would have chosen, he says it might be a good time to go and play them.

“They (Forest Green) seem to have lost a few players from last season,” he said.

“Obviously, they’ve struggled and because of that their confidence won’t be the highest it’s ever been. It could be a good time for us to play them.

“On paper, it isn’t a great tie, or a real money spinner, and it’s a difficult tie. But, what it does do, is allow us to do is concentrate on the league and we’ll deal with the cup tie when it comes around.

“The performance at Stourbridge got us through and it’s good to be in the hat. Hopefully, now we’ll keep the run going and keep confidence high.”

By Steven Dale.

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