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King hopes to avoid being sunk by Mariners

There's to be no under-estimating Marine this Saturday as Macclesfield get their cup bid under way.

There's to be no under-estimating Marine this Saturday as Macclesfield get their cup bid under way.

Macc have been drawn at home to the Evo-Stik Premier Division high flyers – a tie that gives the Silkmen the opportunity to put their league concerns aside for an afternoon.

But boss Steve King says that those expecting a cakewalk for the off-colour Silkmen are in for a surprise.

"I’m looking forward to the cup match," he said after his side played out their sixth straight league game without a win while Marine were suffering their first loss in the league this season.

"The game is a good distraction, the FA Cup is something special – and getting to the next round is worth £12,500, which is decent money for any club.

"I’m going to watch Marine against Witton Albion on Tuesday night, and I know they’re not going to be a pushover.

"Don’t forget Marine are in the same league as FC United, and they gave us a really good game in pre-season.

"Being the underdog, they’ll come here with no fear – we’ll have to make sure we’re at our best."

King will be allowed to field his loan players in the cup match, although centre-back Kieran Charnock remains sidelined with an Achilles injury, and isn’t expected back in action for at least a fortnight.

The Macc manager admits he’s pleased with the chances his side are making and that a switch to a narrower midfield four seems to be working, allowing his full-backs to press on.

"We changed things to allow us to utilise Ryan Jackson and Craig Braham-Barratt better," he added. "There’s more of an onus on them and we want to use their strengths more. Both are quick and powerful and they’re a great attacking weapon.

"We’re dominating games and we’ve got a lot of goals coming from Barnesy (Matthew Barnes-Homer) but we’re not really scoring enough from set-pieces and from the others around the team, even though we’re creating chances week in, week out.

"By the law of averages someone is going to get a good hiding sooner or later."


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