John Askey believes this weekend’s league match against Dagenham and Redbridge will show just how good his Macclesfield Town side are.
Dagenham and Redbridge are second in the National League table, three points ahead of Macc who currently sit in fifth place.
The Silkmen travel to the Chigwell Construction Stadium knowing that they’ll move level on points with the Daggers if they are victorious, but Askey is expecting a difficult game.
“It’s going to be really tough against Dagenham and Redbridge. Playing teams like that will show where we are as a club,” he said.
“It’s about how we play on the day as we know we can match anybody, so whoever we play doesn’t matter, we need to perform.”
Macc’s last league game saw them suffer a 2-0 defeat at home to Boreham Wood, ending their unbeaten run of four matches.
The Silkmen’s unbeaten run has coincided with goalkeeper Scott Flinders joining on loan from York City.
His temporary deal is set to run out soon, but Askey admits it is unlikely that he will be able to keep him at the Moss Rose.
“We haven’t got the money to extend his loan so it’s a big blow,” he said.
“You never know, somebody might turn up and help with some money. We’ve had so many people be generous this year and that’s why we are where we are, so hopefully that might continue.”
While Askey is hoping to receive money to keep Flinders, one Silkmen player that paid his own money to play for the club was youngster John Roberts.
He paid £50 to be part of a trial match at the club earlier this year, with the Macc coaches impressed with what they saw and deciding to offer him a contract.
Roberts made his debut for the Silkmen after coming off the bench against North Ferriby United on Saturday, and Askey was pleased with what he saw.
“There are not many people that have to pay to play but it cost John £50 to play for us. When he came on for his debut he showed that he can play and that he is a good footballer,” he said.
“It’s a shame that we don’t have reserves that he can play in because he has got ability, and I think player with older experienced players suits him better than playing with youth team players.”