Cheshire Independent Issue 132

APRIL 2019 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent STEVE Foster of Congleton Town won the Macron PremierDivisionPlayeroftheMonthawardinFebruary. He received his award from Hallmark Security League management committee representative Ian Williams before the Bears recent clash against RuncornTown. MIDFIELDER Ben Stephens is back in action after a frustrating time on the sidelines through injury – and he’s ready to play his part in Macclesfield’s relega- tion fight. Stephens made his return in the 3-1 defeat to high-flying MK Dons, and despite the disap- pointment of the result he marked the occasion with the man of the match award. Speaking to Silkmen TV after the game he declared: “It feels good to be back. It’s been a long time coming, it has been 10 weeks now as it was Boxing Day when I last played so I’m happy to be back playing and trying to help the team out. “It feels good to be named man of the match but it’s hard to take any positives from the game, I think I played quite well myself but it’s a team game and we’ve lost. “I thought in the first half we were good, we conceded from a set-piece but other than that I thought we played well.” Stephens says that he and the whole squad are up for the fight and it is important the fans play their part. He said: “Stick with us and stay with us, we’re trying our hardest you can see that everyone’s putting everything in on that pitch. Stay with us and try to be positive.” THE Silkmen are urging businesses across the town to support their fight for Football League survival and turn the town blue. The club has been busy distributing match posters to business with more than 150 handed out and others on the way. Media manager Bob Trafford told the club’s official website: “We are incredibly grateful that the whole town seems to be getting behind our sur- vival bid and when I have approached businesses about displaying our match posters, they are always so willing to help us out. We need to pack the Moss Rose overtheforthcomingweeks and really do everythingwe can tohelp the lads defy the odds oncemore and this is a tangible way which this can be achieved. “Not only that, we wanted to say a small thank you to all those who have joined our fight and each home game, we will draw out one business to receive four complimentary tickets for the game. “If you would like to get involved, then please email me at press@mtfc. and I will make sure that you receive one of our newposters.” MACCLESFIELD Town boss Sol Campbell wants his side to keep the focus and retain the character that saw them gain a massive three points against fellow league strug- glers Yeovil. Speaking after the game he said: “I think the lads played really well. Everyone stuck to their task and everyone stayed focused. “It was a massive game for us. We need the points more than them really. But no one’s going to give you points, you’ve got to earn your right. And the lads put a mag- nificent shift in. “We’ve been in this situation before but I feel now the guys are really, really focused and this result has done them the world of good. It’s done everyone the world of good. “We needed a clean sheet, we needed to score goals and we needed a performance. And we needed a bit of luck, you always need that. You’ve got to work hard and a little bit of THE Silkmen’s re-arranged game against Exeter could be vital in deciding the club’s fate, says boss Sol Campbell. Although the postponement of the game earlier this month was frus- trating for the Moss Rose outfit, he sees it as a potential opportunity to close the gap when the game is played next month. Speaking to the club’s official web- site he said: “For us now, that Exeter game is a month away, it will proba- bly benefit us in a funny way. “I truly feel that it could make the difference to have that extra game, because by then it could be a totally different scenario.” The match with Exeter City will now take place on Tuesday April 9, with a 7.45pm kick-off. Independent LOCAL SPORT Award for Steve ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER NOW’ SOL’S RELEGATION RALLYING CALL Game in hand could be crucial Ben’s happy to be back! LET’S ALL TURN THE TOWN BLUE! Trap door beckons for the Blues 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 Electric bikes over £1500, excludes sale bikes. Terms and conditions apply. OFF Offer Valid up to April 18th £150 VOUCHER need to better Sheffield’s results in all those fix- tures to give them any chance of survival. One of those remain- ing games is against bottom side Peterbor- ough in what has been described as another ‘do or die’ game for the Priory Park outfit. Meanwhile, with an eye to the future for of the club’s Colts have signed for Macclesfield’s 1st XV. The players who have put pen to paper are Will Davies, Harry Har- ding, James Oliver and Harry Oliver All have been right through the mini and junior section at the club from the age of five, mak- ing their way through to Colts and now the senior set up. They are all sons of ex-first team players, Rob Davies, Rob Oliver and Matt Harding. MACCLE S F I ELD RUFC are on the brink of a second relegation in two seasons. The Blues were on the wrong end of a 33-12 game at Tynedale on an afternoon which saw fel- low strugglers Sheffield Tigers win their game. With five games of the campaign left Macc are 19 points from safety and luck kicks in. We need this from now until the end of the season. It’s all about character now. It’s not fitness anymore, it’s charac- ter and how you apply yourself.” The result put the Silkmen just three points from safety in League Two. Campbell believes the Macc fans have their part to play in helping his side achieve the great escape and retain their Football League status. He added: “All of the fans are so part of the club, and we truly appreciate all of the effort that they are putting in to go and watch the lads. “We really appreciate their support and they are a big, big part of the club, thank you for supporting the lads.” Looking at the task ahead he added: “It is the sharp end of the season now, the business end when it comes to us stay- ing up.”