Cheshire Independent Issue 143

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2020 24 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 FORMER England cricket coachPeter Moores returned to theKing’s School to talk to their elite young athletes about the secrets of success. Andhis trip to theMacclesfield school proved somethingof a family affair. He’s picturedherewithpupil IzzyMoores, dad SteveMoores, King’s headof cricket, and son JoeMoores. Full story page 18 ‘We can meet the challenge’ More woes for the Silkmen Danny returns for the fight NEW Macclesfield Town head coach Mark Kennedy has moved to strengthen his squad for the relegation fight ahead – bring- ing Danny Whitehead back to the Moss Rose. The popular midfielder has agreed a loan deal from Salford City which will last until the end of the season. This is his fourth stint at the club. The Silkmen have also announced the signing of goalkeeper Jonathan Mitch- ell, who joins the club on a loan deal from Derby County, also until the end of the season. Whitehead played an integral role in Macclesfield’s National League triumph and return to the EFL. The 26-year-old made the move to Salford City in sum- mer 2018. Keeper Mitchell, 25, enjoyed loan spells at Sky Bet League One sides Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town last season and has been playing for Derby County Under 23s in the Premier League 2 this campaign. He also has experience at Sky Bet League Two level, making five appear- ances for Luton Town during the 2015/16 season. Head coach Kennedy believes his side are heading in the right direction as they battle to retain their League Two status. The Silkmen’s recent form includes a 1-1 home draw against high-flying neigh- bours Crewe Alexandra. Kennedy told the club’s official web- site he was a coach with new ideas and added: ‘I’m seeing a huge improvement on what I was looking at previously.” He was also full of praise for Macc’s fans. He said: “We have a great follow- ing.. They get behind the team. They are incredibly supportive. If you look back at the past year and the tough times, they stick with the group.” Moores the merrier MACCLESFIELD Town have been charged with mis- conduct by the EFL. The move is in relation to the non-fulfilment the club’s scheduled Sky Bet League Two fixture with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday December 21 last year. The game was suspended shortly after the club was issuedwitha‘zerocapacity’noticeby theSafety AdvisoryGroup. A club spokesman said: “The matter is now subject to relevant proceedings and as a result, Macclesfield Town will be making no further com- ment at this time.” Last month Town were docked six points by the EFL after pleading guilty to charges over non-payment of wages and failing to fulfil their fixture with Crewe. A further four-point deduction was suspended. NEW assistant coach Danny Butterfield is looking to fin- ish the season in style by get- ting the Silkmen out of their “false league position”. Butterfield played out an illustrious career with multiple promotions and he has already tasted success in his young coach- ing career. Last season, he was a first team coach at MK Dons where he achieved promotion from League Two. Speaking to SilkmenTV after his appointment he said: “I was attracted to Mac- clesfield because of the challenge. It is a great challenge but one we believe we can overcome. “There’s a good team here, a good set of players and great staff that have done a wonderful job up until now. We feel we can contrib- ute and that we can come in and help what is already in place.” He played alongside new head coach Mark Kennedy at Crystal Palace, but despite their careers going separate ways, they kept in touch. When the opportunity to coach Macc came up, the Butterfield said he jumped at the chance. He said: “I think we’ll make a good team; we can’t wait to get stuck into the challenges that are facing us.” New faces: Head coach Mark Kennedy has moved to strengthen Macclesfield’s squad. Picture: MTFC Independent Family Businesses Since 1853 Working together to serve the communities of Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Bollington & Macclesfield Albert R Slack Ltd 84 South Oak Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 6AT 01625 525063 JW Brocklehurst Ltd 17 Macclesfield Road, Prestbury, SK10 4BW 01625 829232 Albert R Slack Ltd & JW Brocklehurst Ltd Funeral Directors Bringing in reinforcements