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Midfield duo in Macc trial

JOHN Askey is aiming to solve the injury crisis at Moss Rose by bringing in two international midfielders on trial.

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JOHN Askey is aiming to solve the injury crisis at Moss Rose by bringing in two international midfielders on trial.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Bewers, an England Youth representative, and Michael Brough, a former Welsh under-21 colleague of striker Matt Tipton, arrived at the club on Wednesday and could make the trip to face Torquay United this weekend.

Both will figure in the reserve team's fixture at Carlisle United today (Wednesday) and could be whisked along with the first team to the south coast by Friday night.

Macc Town manager John Askey told Express Sport: "With the number of injuries in the midfield area, we need to sure it up a little.

"Jonathan is 21 and has been at Aston Villa since he was 13. He has made one first team appearance and plays in central midfield.

"Michael has played over 60 times for Notts County and was playing right up until a couple of weeks ago. He was released last week because the new boss at County wanted to bring his own players in, which means this is a great opportunity for him."

Lilleshall product Bewers made his Premiership debut in April 2000 against Spurs and has been described by Villa reserve boss Gordon Cowans as a "consistent and outstanding player."

Brough has spent four seasons at County, and is well-known among Magpies fans as a scorer of spectacular goals.

With David Smith also making his first tentative steps into action this week, Askey is pleased with the choices he may soon have in Macc's midfield.

He said: "It's having the right balance throughout the team. Chris Priest and Danny Whittaker are very good players, they are good at getting forward and work hard to get back but neither player is a 'sitting' midfielder like Tommy Widdrington or David Smith, which you need when you play 4-4-2.

"David started training this week and looked very sharp. He is a very good player and it will be great to have him back and fit again."

After a disappointing second half display against Cambridge United last Saturday, Askey said there was no particular area he would be asking his side to improve on this week.

He said: "We were disappointed on Saturday, but on another day we could have had a 0-0 draw, and that is with a lot of players out of the side.

"They scored just after half time, which made it very, very difficult for us to get back into the game. We just didn't have the kind of players to change our game."

United's defensive and physical tactics served to put Macc off their game in the second period, but Askey admitted Saturday's opponents Torquay will be better suited to the Silkmen's style of play.

He said: "Torquay are a great footballing side who are on a good run at the moment. They keep the ball on the floor, which might be to our advantage, but in this league we have got more than enough to hurt anyone.

"You are not going to get much in this league unless you are prepared to battle."

 

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