Tonight, Macclesfield Town will kick off their Cheshire Cup campaign as they travel to face 1874 Northwich.
A young Silkmen side will make the journey across the county as they look to impress and build on what’s been a successful debut season to date. It is expected that the Silkmen side will be made up from our U21 side.
The Silkmen youngsters have already faces a number of local sides in the Cheshire U-21 Development League and Qatar’s U19 national side in a friendly.
U21 Manager Martyn Irvine spoke to mtfc.co.uk before tonight’s clash with Northwich with his thoughts on the game.
“It’s a big chance for all of us to go and show what we’re doing and show everyone the hard work we’re putting in here.
“The friendly against Qatar was a glamour tie really but this is the real deal, against a non-league side who will be a really tough test so it’s a massive test for our players.
“This will be another good test, on a pitch which is a bit scrappy and against a team that will battle for every ball.”
Irvine also spoke about the mood in the camp ahead of the game and how preparations have been going ahead of tonight’s test.
“The players are absolutely buzzing and there’s a real feel good factor around the place.
“They understand it’s their chance to shine and if we all pull in the right direction we can certainly do a good job.
“Our game on Sunday was called off but it wasn’t really a hinderance to the team as we managed to train instead.
“The lads really embraced what we’re trying to do and how we were going to set up to play so it should be really interesting for both players and staff alike.
“We go into every game confident and we’ve got a special group here. We’ve got a group of lads here who play football the right way and they battle for everything.
“We’re confident in the team’s ability and I’m confident they can go out and execute our game plan.”
By Andrew Gate