Cheshire Independent Issue 136

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent 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 Independent LOCAL SPORT PLAYED in honour of one of Macclesfield’s most respected sportspeople, The King’s School’s Alan McInnes Memorial Bursary Golf Daywas abighit. One of the highlights was the ‘beat the professional’ event in which former pupil Jae Bowers took on all comers down the par three18thatHollinsGolf Course. Here she is giving King’s Headmaster Simon Hyde a much- needed putting putting lesson. Full storypage23 GOALKEEPER Owen Evans has spoken of his delight at signing a season-long loan deal at the Moss Rose. The Wigan Athletic shot stopper said he was attracted by the spirit and fight shown by Macclesfield during their survival battle last season. The 22-year-old told the club’s official website: “The way you stayed up last year and the way you played last year, when people were writing you off. I thought it’s a good club and the attraction of league foot- ball made me push for it even more.” He added: “I think I’m one of the ‘keepers who is quite comfortable with their feet – that’s one of the strongest parts to my game. But all-round I’m looking forward to saving some shots and kicking some balls.” Evans has been involved with the Welsh interna- tional set up at various levels, including the senior squad. The Welshman is keen to develop as a player with Macclesfield, and in a short time he has already found the atmosphere among the squad to be one of optimism for the season ahead. He said: “On a personal level I want to play as many games as I can, I want to win as many games as I can and obviously help the team as much as possible. I think that will natu- rally help me develop as a ‘keeper, a player and also a person.” MACCLESFIELD Town boss Sol Campbell is looking for every- one at the club to pull together to ensure no repeat of last sea- son’s relegation dogfight. With an array of recent signings at the Moss Side the Silkmen’s manager urged fans to get behind his side. He told the club’s official website: “You know last season was a struggle for everybody, it was tense for everybody, and I think through those kind of type of journeys, you learn a lot about yourself. “I’m sure the fans learnt a lot about them- selves as well, and the main thing for me is everybody pulls in together because we’re not going to do anything if we are not together. “That’s the thing I want – especially on the pitch, with the players, everybody together with the staff and that should obviously be extended to the fans. “Get behind the players and they’re going to work hard and everybody wants to win, but the main thing is we all need to be together and that will get us through.” Campbell says it will take time for those new arrivals to get up to speed and Maccles- field began their latest league campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat at Exeter. One of the latest signings at the club is 21-year-old Theo CHESTER BH remain the team to beatastheCCCLPremierDivision title racemoves intoAugust. The leaders enter the month with a handy 30 point cushion. A surprise defeat at Nantwich did little to dent their hopes as rivals Alderley Edge also went down on the sameday at lowlyMarple. Meanwhile, Toft put aside their poor league form to lift the 2019T20 title, defeating Chester BH on the way to lifting the silverware. DivisionOne remains a close race, with Oxton just ahead of Bramhall and Bowdon at the top of the table going intoAugust. Bramhall have been in a good run of form, with wins over Upton and Bollington. That defeat was a blip for Bollington, who won four out of five of their last completedgames. That included a one run win over Romiley and a two run triumph at Urmston. Macclesfield remain inmid-table as they struggle for consistency. Congleton have no such prob- lems, with five wins in their last six completed matches, includ- ing three successivewins in July. Stockport also put together a three game winning run, includ- ing victory over neighbours Georgians by four wickets. It’s a run that puts them comfortably inmid-table. Driving force ‘It’s great to be here!’ Let’s all stand together Sol’s league rallying call Title hopefuls make their moves LOCAL CRICKET ROUND UP DEFENDER Fiacre Kelleher has beennamedasMacclesfieldTown’s teamcaptain for the newseason. After enjoying a season-long loan at the club last year, Fiacre returned in the summer to sign permanentlywith the club. Announcing the move a club spokesman told its official web- site: “A passionate and committed defender, Fiacre exemplifies all the qualities needed to be a suc- cessful and respected leader – it is therefore a role which he has unquestionably earned during his timewithus.” Hewillbeassistedonthepitchby midfielder Jak McCourt, who has been confirmed as vice-captain. Fiarce is the skipper Archibald, and Campbell says that the wide man has great potential. He told the website: “He’s a young gun, he’s got tenacity, he’s got bags of energy and he wants to learn. “I think he will be very good for us in a sense that his enthu- siasm for the game and his work ethic is impeccable. “Obviously he has to learn, he’s a young lad wanting to make a career, but the main thing is the attitude is there. “He’s a fit lad as well, he can get up and down easily but he just needs games, he needs positional sense, but if he listens and learns, he’s a great player for the future.” Along with Archibald, a more experienced player in the form of Jay Harris joined the club and Campbell said: “The main thing for me that Jay brings is experience. “He’s played with Tranmere and been a fantastic player for them. He brings energy, experience and I think as the season goes on that will kick-in big time in some of the important games, once everyone is fully fit and understanding the type of football we want to play.”