On New Year’s Day the Silkmen’s quality of squad depth certainly showed.
Manager John Askey made five changes to the side that beat Sutton United on the last game of 2017 and they delivered as the team cruised to a 4-1 win away at FC Halifax Town.
Mitch Hancox scored a hat-trick in the game and Sam Ramsbottom started in between the sticks replacing the suspended Shwan Jalal whereas Noe Baba also returned to the fray.
However, ever-present midfielder Ryan Lloyd has been speaking to www.mtfc.co.uk about the quality of the squad at Moss Rose and says the team have ‘the ability to keep going’ this season.
“We have the ability to keep the team going in the same direction.” Said Lloyd.
“The players we’ve got in the squad are all good players and when there’s an injury or a little niggle or someone’s tired, there’s always someone who can come in and do a similar job.
“It gives the starting eleven that extra incentive to play well and in training when everyone’s competing for starting places.
“If you haven’t trained well, the gaffer will certainly change it, so you’ve got to make sure you’re consistent.”
Attentions now turn to Saturday’s game with struggling Solihull Moors at Moss Rose.
The squad will attempt to make it eleven games without defeat, but Lloyd says that he thinks the challenge will be no different to a team battling for promotion.
“I don’t think the match will be much different to playing the teams towards the top of the table.
“Everyone can beat anyone in this league, so you’ve just got to make sure our game is up to the standards it should be and hopefully we can come out on top.
“We know we can create chances, we’ve just got to make sure we put them away, but I think it’ll be a tough task as they’re battling at the bottom.”
By Andrew Gate