Cheshire Independent Issue 144

FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020 28 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent Independent LOCAL SPORT We sell some of the leading electric bike brands on the market, top German brands including Haibike, Focus and Kalkhoff Wood Street Mill, Wood Street, Macclesfield SK11 6JQ . 01625 426333 NOW ALSO AT THE GROSVENOR CENTRE NEXT TO SPECSAVERS AND BOOTS MACCLESFIELD have signed winger Ben Tollitt on a deal that will initially run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. The 25-year-old is described as a pacey wideman with an eye for goal. After progressing through the youth ranks at Everton, he joined Widnes in the sum- mer of 2013 and went on to score 18 goals in 39 appearances. A short spell at Skelmersdale United fol- lowed, before he made the move to Portsmouth in July 2015. Making his professional debut in a 2-1 League Cup victory over Derby County, Tollitt went on to make 12 appearances for Pompey - scoring once. A loan move to Tranmere Rovers ensued, which was followed by another short-term move to Wrexham where he netted four times in 13 appearances. Signing for Blackpool last summer, Ben once again completed a short-term loan deal at Wrexham before being released by The Tangerines at the end of last month. MACCLESFIELD Town head coachMark Kennedy has called for more con- centration from his play- ers in their fight to stay in the Football League. And his blunt message to the squad is carry out instructions on the pitch to the letter - or you will be on the bench. Kennedy spoke of his disappointment at goals from set pieces. He told the club’s official website: “It’s the lack of con- centration that has cost us and it is just unforgiv- able - it is not accept- able, and it will not be acceptable.” His comments came after a defeat against fellow strugglers Morecambe. That was fol- lowed by a home loss to Exeter as the Silkmen start a run of tough games against some of League Two’s leading sides. After analysing some of the mistakes from recent weeks, Kennedy said he was convinced that could be ironed out relatively easily and called MACCLESFIELD striker Jacob Blyth is hoping his first goal for the club will be the first of many he nets for the Silkmen. His injury-time equaliser at Leyton Orient grabbed a valuable point for Macc in their relegation scrap. Blyth, who arrived at Moss Side in the summer, told the club’s official web- site of his relief at getting off the mark. He said: “The first thing I thought when it went in was that it was about time, I’m sure everyone else was thinking it too! “Obviously I’m delighted to get my first goal for the club, and it should have happened a long time ago, but chances have been lim- ited because of good perfor- mances in certain areas. “So, it’s just been down to me to be as professional as I can and to put in the extra work off the field and take my chance when I get it.” And the 27-year-old said he is now aiming to push on and make an impression on the pitch, despite stiff com- petition from Joe Ironside and Arthur Gnahoua up front for the Silkmen. He said: “It’s always dif- ficult when you have a tiny squad and you are still not getting a chance but I’ll sit here and hold my hands up, Joey Ironside has been bril- liant, he is a very good mate of mine and I will back him all the way. “But like I said, when you do get a chance like this, you have to take it and hopefully I have stuck in the gaffer’s head now.” He added: “Since the gaffer has come in it has been a lot more organised, so credit is due there. We have brought in one or two new faces and that has just put everybody on their toes. Everybody wants to work harder.” MACCLESFIELD RUFC's big promotion push suffered a setback with a surprise 15-25 home defeat against Sandal. The Blues went into the game as league leaders and on the back of an impres- sive 40-29 away win at Carlisle. However, tough conditions and han- dling errors saw Macclesfield’s six game win- ning run come to an end. However, with seven games left in the Northern Premier League campaign Macc are still very much in the champi- onshipmix. Speaking after the Carlisle game head coach Andy Appleyard stressed the need for solid defence. Praising his side’s defensive display, he said: “There are times when we need to keep it going.” Macclesfield hosted its first ever ‘President’s Lunch’ before the home game against Harrogate at the start of themonth. Club president Peter Harper welcomed 150 guests for lunch, including numerous past presidents as well as sponsors and Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Corrigan. Highlight of the lunch was Lions’ and dual international rugby legend JohnBentley. ‘Bentos’, as he is known, entertained the guests with his tales from: ‘Living with the Lions’, the Irish and British Lions successful tour of South Africa in1997. The guests showed their appreciation by giving gener- ously during the fundraising activities. On the pitch Macclesfield ran out 35-14 winners in front of large crowd. WILMSLOW Wolves recorded their first win of the year with a 23-17 victory against visitors Broughton Park. TheWolves had to hold on in the face of a relentless final assault by the away side. The narrow win ended a three-game losing sequence in North 1West, stretch- ing back to the start of 2020. Tries from flanker Matthew Nor- folk-Clarke, full back Ben Day and winger SamCutts, together with one conversion and two successful penalty kicks from BobMacCallum saw the home side home. Wolves had to come frombehind for the victory, they trailed 12-14 at the half-time break. The victory puts them fifth in the table with 63 points from 17 games. The Wolves away trip to struggling Warring- ton will have to be arranged after it was postponed because of bad weather. Ben is a Silkman Jacob is off the mark ‘Concentration is costing us’ Cut out the mistakes, says Kennedy Macc suffer a setback Big win for the Wolves SPORT IN BRIEF AN outstanding performance at the North-West Association of Junior Independent Schools Hockey tournament saw King’s School’s U11s lifting the trophy for the first time. Full story page 27 CHESHIRE have appointed captains for each format of the 2020 National Counties competitions. Nick Anderson will lead the T20 side, Will Evans will skipper the 50-over side and in the three-day competition Robert Sehmi will be county captain. Full story page 27 for more concentra- tion from his players at times. Kennedy told : “We cannot shy away from the things that are costing us points. The thing that I’m really pleased with is that I think the mistakes are really simple to fix, and the players think that as well. But the bottom line is that if you don’t carry out what you’re being told to do, you’ll sit beside me on a matchday; and if that doesn’t stimulate your brain, I’m not sure what will.” Speaking about the games ahead as the Silkmen look to pull away from the dan- ger zone, Kennedy said: “It doesn’t matter to me whether we are playing Swindon or Stevenage. They are all tight, tough games. The levels in the league are a lot narrower than they are in the Premier League from top to bottom, but we go into the game thinking we can win, and Saturday is no different. “Our run of games coming up are outstanding games against outstanding quality - but I am really looking for- ward to it.”