Macclesfield Town aim to take another step towards Trophy glory

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MACCLESFIELD TOWN aim to move another step closer to Wembley on Saturday in the FA Trophy.

The National League side are the last local non-league club left in the competition and have a home tie against league rivals Forest Green in the 3rd round.

Both the Silkmen and Forest Green come into the game off the back of a good month, with both unbeaten from 6 games apiece in January, leaving Macc 8th in non-league’s top flight while Rovers are 2nd.

The Silkmen last won the FA Trophy in 1996 and victory at the Moss Rose will put them into the last 8. The tie will be settled on the day, with extra-time and penalties if need be.

“We want to win and we want to get to Wembley,” said Macc’s assistant manager Steve Watson. “It comes with a slightly different mentality in respect that there has to be a winner on the day. We have got one or two injuries but generally we’re OK and we’re looking forward to the game.”

After seeing Jack Mackreth, Paul Lewis and Danny Rowe make Football League moves in January, Macc boss John Askey has managed to bring in former Bury and Rochdale winger Andy Haworth from Barrow.

The 28-year-old has signed a contract till the end of the season but is ineligible for the FA Trophy so is expected to make his debut in next Saturday’s league match at Torquay. And Askey may be able to field some more new signings next week.

“Andy brings experience and is a player that we have been watching for a number of years and has played a higher level,” he said. “He brings real quality from set-pieces and I think he is a good addition for us.

“On Monday we’re hoping that we should be able to announce two more signings, a midfielder and a forward that will add more quality to the squad.”

All supporters must buy a ticket for Saturday’s game before going through the turnstiles so Macc have advised fans to arrive early to beat the queues.

Ticket prices: Adults £12, Concessions (Over 65) £8, U18 £2.