Cheshire Independent Issue 138

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent ZIMBABWEAN powerhouse forward Witness Mandizha is the latest arrival at Priory Park as Macclesfield RUFC look to make a strong start to the new campaign. The 33-year-old will provide some useful experience and as a second-row international, head coach Andy Appleyard believes he will be a “vital member” of the pack. The Priory Park club will be playing in the Northern Premier League when the new season kicks-off, following back- to-back relegations. Sam Worthington has also signed up for the new campaign after playing a starring role in Macc’s nail-biting Cheshire Cup win over Sandbach. The thrilling 30-31 away win was sealed with a very late pen- alty and highlighted Maccles- CYCLINGenthusiasts inCheshirewill have the chance to see some of the sport’s biggest names in action later thismonth. The final stage of the Tour of Britain will pass through Woodford, Bramhall and Hazel Grove on Saturday September 14. Eleven teams fresh from competing in the Tour de France will take part in the event. Full story page 23 MACCLESFIELD Town’s new head coach Daryl McMahon is keen to engage with the Moss Rose faithful as he settles into his role. McMahon, who took over the Silkmen after the departure of Sol Campbell, has already held an open training session. And he told the club’s official web- site: “It was good. It’s always nice for the fans to come and watch train- ing – they can see what we’re work- ing on, and see how hard the boys are training.” An upcoming fans’ forum event is also on the agenda. And McMahon added: “It’s something I’ve done at my previous club – I’ve done a couple of fans’ forums. “I think it’s important that they get to see me and talk to me and the coaching staff, and ask any questions they want to ask.” On the pitchMacclesfield continue to make progress. A well won point at Stevenage saw the Silkmen sit- ting in seventh place and just outside the League 2 play-off places after six games. McMahon has been impressed with his new side so far. He said: “We’ve got real quality in our team, and we have to make sure we show that every single game. “They’re training well. They’re enjoying their football, which I think is important and long may that continue.” Ex-England defender Sol Campbell left the club by mutual agreement. The Silkmen were bottom of the table when Campbell took charge, but he led the club to league survival last season amid off-field financial concerns. McMahon, 35, managed Ebbsfleet in the National League before his departure in November 2018 and this is his first Football League managerial job and he has signed a contract until the end of the season. He is being assisted by former Charlton and Brighton boss Steve Gritt and club legend Danny Whitaker, who had 11 seasons as a senior player at Macclesfield over two spells before retiring in the summer. Departed: Sol Campbell left by mutual consent Arthur is back POPULAR forward Arthur Gnahoua has returned to the Moss Rose after signing a contract until the end of the season – with the club having the option to extend this by a further year. Gnahoua, who will wear the number seven shirt, started his career at Staybridge Celtic, before making the move to Macclesfield Town in September 2012. In just over two years he made 43 appearances for The Silkmen, scoring five goals. Gnahoua moved to Catalonia in January 2015 to sign for CF Gava and briefly returned to the Moss Rose the following summer for pre-season training. In January 2016, he for National League North side Kiddermin- Chelsea tie is the spur A PLUMCaraboa CupThird Round tie at Premier League giants Chelsea awaitsMacclesfield if they canovercomeGrimsbyTown. The winners of the Second Round tie replay on September 10 will then travel to Stamford Bridge for a game to be played in theweek commencingSeptember 23. The Grimsby game was aban- doneddue to torrential rainon the east coast. Head coach Daryl McMahon believes both teamswill nowhave added motivation for the rear- ranged fixture. He told the club’s official web- site:“It’s a terrific incentive! I think knowing what you’ve got at the end of the game is huge – both Football Clubswill be the same. “Butweknowwe’vegot a tough game going to Grimsby again, probably evenmore sonow!” 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 New boss: Daryl McMahon is in the hot-seat. Picture Getting the fans onside ster Harri- ers where he made 51 appearances and finished as the club’s top-scorer during the 2016/17 season. That run of form attracted Football League scouts and Arthur would go on to sign for Shrewsbury Town in May 2017. He joined Carlisle United for a brief spell at the start of this year. A star witness field’s youthful approach to the new season. The average age of the team on the pitch was just 21 and after the game the coach was full of praise for what he described as a strong defen- sive performance. However, he added: “There are still many improvements that we will be focusing on.” Appleyard said of Worthing- ton’s signing: “Sam is a dynamic back-rower who punches above his weight at his young age of 20. Another graduate of King’s, Sam has impressed in pre-season.” Cyclists on the big stage