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FEBRUARY 2019 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent Independent LOCAL SPORT MACCLESFIELD RUFC’s young team are fighting for survival in National League 2 – and fans are being urged to become the side’s 16th man as they look to avoid the drop. With just four victories on the board, the side who lifted the National Two North title just three years ago are staring down the barrel of relegation from the division. And an away defeat at fourth place Huddersfield put more pressure on head coach Marshall Gadd’s side at the wrong end of the table. The Blues are still looking for their first away win of the cam- paign and February is shaping up to be a huge month for the Priory Park club. They will play all their nearest rivals in the course of the month, including an away trip to Leic- ster Lions. In a rallying call on the club’s official web- site, a spokesman said: “All our players, coaches and management at Macclesfield are deter- mined to get the turn- around they deserve. With your help, we know it can be done!” Second bottom Macc went down to Huddersfield by 37 points to 19, on the back of a nar- row 28-31 home defeat against fifth place Fylde. FORMER Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole has joined Macclesfield Town’s coaching staff on a part- time basis. Cole has linked up with for- mer team-mate Sol Campbell, whowas appointed asmanager at the Moss Rose in November. The 47-year-old won 11 major honours during his playing career, including five Premier Leagues and a Champions League, and scored 289 goals. He remains the third highest scorer in Premier League his- tory and amassed a staggering 289 goals over the course of his career. Aswell asManchesterUnited, he also enjoyed spells with 12 other clubs which include Newcastle United, Manchester City and Portsmouth – where he played alongside Campbell. The Silkmen are hoping to learn from his attacking skills and experience and he will look to inspire the joint-worst attack in Sky Bet League Two, with the Silkmen having scored 25 goals in 28 games. Another Cole has also arrived at the Moss Rose. Talented young central midfielder Reece Cole, 20, has signed a loan deal until the end of the season from Championship side Brentford. Aiming for the great escape! ANDY LOOKS TO BOOST SILKMEN’S STRIKE RATE Keep on battling! We sell some of the leading electric bike brands on the market, top German brands including Haibike, Focus and Kalkhoff NOW OPEN! Wood Street Mill, Wood Street, Macclesfield SK11 6JQ . 01625 426333 www.peakelectricbikes.com Electric bikes over £1500, excludes sale bikes. Terms and conditions apply. OFF Offer Valid up to Feb 23rd £150 VOUCHER THE January transfer win- dow is now in full swing and manager Sol Campbell has been busy with the sign- ings of Adam Dawson and EnochAndoh. And he has revealed that more signings are expected to make their way through the door at theMoss Rose. He told the club’s official website: “I’m not going to name names as I don’t want to jinx it as we want them to sign on the dotted line! “It’s going to be a busy month for us and we need some players in for sure. I think some good loans would be good as well, but yes we should be getting some signings in. “We’re going to go for who we can. We will lose some and we will be able to get some others, so some- times it’s a bit of a cat and mouse scenario going on in January. The main thing for me is that I want to improve the squad because we’vegot some big injuries and we need to fill those spaces. “It also helps as when those guys come back in, it can only improve the squad and the team. “We want to bolster our team as we don’t want the momentum to slow down; wewant to keep it going.” More new faces at the Moss Rose MACCLESFIELD Town boss Sol Campbell wants his side to keep on working their socks off as they look to avoid the drop. Campbell has seen the Silkmen unbeaten in seven of his first ten League Two matches since he took over the reins in November. And despite remaining in the relegation zone he has been pleased with the response from the players – and the fact they have been picking up vital points. Highlights have included a 2-0 away victory at Grimsby which Campbell held up as a “fantastic” overall team performance. He was impressed with the side’s stamina. He said: “At the back end of the second half they still had the energy to keep going and that’s pleasing to see them roll their sleeves up, enjoy the pressure and go again. “The lads stuck together and played some really good football so that was great.” He told the club’s official website: “The lads played really, really well all over the pitch, they worked their socks off and played football as well which is pleasing to see.” His message to the players is to roll up their sleeves and go again. He said: “We’ve got to keep on picking up points and gaining momentum and we’ve done really well since I’ve been here. “I’ve seen a huge improvement and we’ve still got stuff to go and keep going. No one’s going to give us points at here, so we’ve got to scrap and fight and then play football at the same time.” ‘We must be more clinical’ PUTTING games to bed is at the top of the Maccles- field manager’s agenda and he wants to see his players work at that aspect of the game as they look to mount their great escape. Sol Campbell says his side need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to start picking up the results that their performances have warranted. He told the club’s official website: “We’ve just got to pick the right pass.” It is something he has been working on in training. “the focus is on how we are approaching games, especially in the last third,” he said. He added: “We’re fashioning good chances, we’re making good chances – we just have to execute them and have that little bit of luck in front of goal and then we’ll be okay because we’ve had chances.” Andy Cole. Photo Courtesy Macclesfield Town FC.

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