Non-league Matters: Former Manchester City man Jon Macken wants Stockport County consistency

By Matt Davies

Striker Jon Macken wants to fire Stockport County to safety as the Hatters make the short trip to Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town.

New manager Ian Bogie oversaw a narrow win against Newport County on Saturday, but those around Stockport also won meaning the Hatters remain just two points above the relegation zone.

Veteran striker Macken – who started his first game for Stockport in that victory – believes County must follow it up with another strong performance against the Silkmen.

“We had a good result against Barrow the other week and we didn’t follow it up,” he explained. “We’ve really got to push on now and get a good performance against Macclesfield.

“We’ve got that performance in us – we have to bring it out consistently and that has been our problem.”

And Macken – who once cost Manchester City £5million – hopes the impact of Bogie’s appointment will continue to have a positive influence on the squad.

“With a new manager and new ideas, maybe we can have a little bit more confidence, a little bit more belief, and drive forward and put in a good performance and hopefully get something out of the game,” he said.

“He’s made a difference – he plays more or less 4-3-3 so he has changed the system a little bit.

“He told us what he wants to do and what he wants to achieve, how he wants his players to play and behave around Stockport.”

Bogie, who was appointed last week, hopes his side can take their momentum into the Macclesfield clash.

“We’ve got a week recovery in preparation for a local derby game, the lads are buoyed and I’m delighted for them,” explained Bogie, speaking after the vital win over Newport.

Bogie was impressed with the effort shown during his first game in charge and feels the squad he has inherited are capable of surviving relegation.

“In terms of the squad, I’m delighted with what I’ve seen,” he said.

Hyde will be looking for a fifth straight win when Scott McNiven’s side face Wrexham on Saturday before they travel to Barrow two days later.

In the Blue Square Bet North, Altrincham host Vauxhall Motors on Good Friday and will ditching their usual red and white stripes for the occasion.

As part of an initiative launched by the British Heart Foundation to make defibrillators available at football grounds, the Robins will wear an all-red kit.

The plan aims to make the equipment available to clubs in steps 1-6 of the National Football League system and the club has chosen Friday’s match to show its support.

Alty have won five on the bounce and have enjoyed extra recovery time ahead of their Motors clash following the postponement of Tuesday evening’s trip to Guiseley.

Elsewhere Stalybridge Celtic visit lowly Droylsden on Saturday before hosting Colwyn Bay on Bank Holiday Monday while the Bloods face a short trip to mid-table Vauxhall Motors.

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