DECEMBER 2018 28 Independent LOCAL SPORT 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 LOCAL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP MACCLESFIELD RUFC’s players, coaches and managers have been warned that club discipline has to improve – or there will be serious consequences. The club has held a meeting at Priory Park attended by the RFU and Cheshire RFU to dis- cuss the issue. Macclesfield have been told that the first team is on the verge of a 20 point deduction because of disciplinary issues over the last three seasons. The club has been told its discipline is pooracrossall of its senior teams fromthe Colts and the fourth team right up to the first XV. In a statement on Macclesfield’s official website announcing the meet- ing the club said: “We have received complaints about managers, coaches and parents interven- ing in somematches. “Referees have had to request that ‘supporters’ leave theareabecausetheyarebeing abused. Club officials have beendisciplinedby the RFU. “This is total unacceptable and all members need to understand what is expected of them in order thatMRUFCsupport the corevalues of rugby union.” THE Silkmen are heading north to St James’ Park in Newcastle and a Checkatrade Trophy clash with theMagpies’Under-21. Macclesfield secured the trip to one of the country’s most iconic stadiums after progress- ing to the knockout stages of the competition with a 2-1win over West Brom. Nearer to home, Macclesfield have been drawn with Runcorn Town in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup. That tie will be held onTuesday January 15. The Silkmen progressed into the First Round of the compe- tition with a 3-0 victory over Cheadle Health Nomads. Town’s Elite Development Squad is now up and running. They playedtheir firstgameasa team against Morecambe U16s at the Moss Rose. But it wasn’t awinning debut, the side finished on the wrong endof a 2-0 result. MACCLESFIELD Town’s newmanager Sol Campbell can’t wait to get to work and believes his new team have the potential to climb the table. The former England, Tot- tenham and Arsenal defender signed an 18-month deal with the Silkmen, replacing Mark Yates at the Moss Rose. He arrives with the Silk- men anchored at the foot of League Two and facing a bat- tle to retain the league status they regained at the end of last season. Campbell told the club’s offi- cial website: “It is a great priv- ilege for me to be here, I can’t wait to get going. It has been a long time. “Football is in my blood, I want to be a part of football again and this is my first step into a managerial post.” The new boss firmly believes Macclesfield can get out of the relegation zone. The Silkmen won their last two league games on the bounce prior to his arrival. He said: “I see potential, I see growth, I see people fighting to do the right things. “There is great history with the club and for me being a part of football again is what it is all about. I am raring to go and ready for the challenge. “I know it is going to be a challenge, but that is what I am all about.” Campbell’s previous job was as assistant manager of the HIGH-FLYING Congleton Town are challenging at the top of the Hallmark Security League Premier Division. And they boosted their title cre- dentials with an impressive 3-0 home win against table topping City of Liverpool. The first against second clash went the Bears’ way with goals from Dan Cope, Mini Adegbenro and Tom Schofield. The Bears’ away form has aslo been making headlines. After a 2-0 win at Altrincham in the Cheshire Senior Cup, Congleton rounded off the week with a 4-0 win at Stone Dominoes in the Macron Cup. That was the side’s seventh successive win, and all of them away from home. In the First Division South Alsager Town moved into the top half with a 3-1 home win over New Mills. Jack Edwards netted twice with David Neligwa scoring his second goal of the season. The draw for the Quarter Finals of The Hallmark Secu- rity League First Division Cup was made following the Alsager Town v Sandbach United third round tie. The draw was made by Sand- bach United Secretary John Clayton and Alsager official Pauline Matthews, under the watch of League Vice-Chairman Geoff Wilkinson. Cheadle Heath Nomads will host Sandbach United in a tie which will be played on Saturday February 9. Due to work commitments, Nick Dowse has made the decision to step down from his position as joint-manager of New Mills. Gareth Cross will remain part of the management team along- side Anthony Trucca and Chris Seaton who joins the club as assistant manager. Bears are flying high Sol is a Silkman! Hoping it’s a good Tyne! ANDY STEPS INTO NEW BLUES ROLE ‘Discipline must improve’ MACCLESFIELD RUFC have appointed Andy Appleyard to the new post of general manager at Priory Park. The announcement was made in a statement on the club’s official website. Andy, who is leaving his roles with the RFU and England Rugby, said: “My experience so far withMacclesfield rugby club has been fantastic. “The club shows true potential on the pitch throughout the rugby sections and off the pitch in the business. I have been fortunate to work with many rugby clubs throughout my career at the RFU and have experienced challenging working environments that have tested my char- acter which I believe has given me the values, skills and qualities I have today. “This gives me confidence that I can add real value to the rugby sections but more so the business which I believe will lead to promote more growth in all areas at the club.” Trinidad and Tobago national team after having completed his UEFA Pro License coach- ing badges. He hopes his winning men- tality as a player will rub off on the Macclesfield squad. He said: “There is going to be organisa- tion. As a player I always had drive and detail in my game, looking at all scenarios. “Hopefully I will give them a lift, get the team spirit really solid and get everyone fighting for each other on the pitch in the right way. “For me that is what it is all about, for me every game is almost like a cup final and that is how I want the mental- ity going on the pitch.” Centre-half Campbell made 646 first-team appearances between 1992 and 2011. He has 73 England caps. Keen to get into manage- ment he was with the England U21 coaching staff for friendly games in Italy and Denmark earlier in the year. Former Macclesfield boss John Askey is on the lookout for a new job after parting com- pany with League One strug- glers Shrewsbury Town. The 54-year-old had been in charge of the Shropshire side since leaving The Moss Rose in June when his predecessor Paul Hurst joined Ipswich. Askey led the Silkmen to last season’s National League title but Shrewsbury won just four of his 17 league games in charge. Picture: