The Silkmen Reserves get their debut North West Under 21 Development League East Division campaign up and running on Sunday, as they welcome Bacup Borough to Platt Lane.
With the A team unbeaten in their last four games of last season before the frustrating curtailment brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, U21s managers Paul McGuire, Danny Whiting and new Reserve team duo Sam Sumerbee and Oli Kendrick will be hoping their sides can pick up on that late form, and start the season as they mean to go on.
Bacup make the 30-mile journey south after making the change from the Lancashire County U21 league, where last season they only managed to pick up one win and one draw in their 11 games before football came to its early conclusion.
After a strong summer of recruitment, Macclesfield Town’s newly developed B team will be keen to show what they are made of in their first competitive game together.
Reserves manager Sumerbee is excited to get started in his new role and hopefully produce some memorable moments this campaign.
“It isn’t something I expected [managing the under 21s reserves] but I’m really excited to be given the chance in the role and can’t wait to get the ball rolling on Sunday.“
Despite his sides youthfulness and potential lack of experience at this level of football, Sumerbee is pleased with what he and assistant manager Oli Kendrick saw in last weekends in-house fixtures, and has a clear belief that his side has the ability rub shoulders with the older sides in the division.
“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a while now so it’ll be great to finally get the first game of the season underway.
“I’ve got a relatively young side made up of predominantly first years but these boys certainly bring a lot of energy and some great technical ability so I’m expecting a great game of football.
“The in-house friendlies this weekend really helped myself and Oli get to have a proper look at the boys at our disposal and I think it really helped open some of their minds to how physical and fast-paced football at Under-21 level really is.”
With the visitors to Platt Lane moving across from last seasons Lancashire league, it is difficult to judge exactly what to expect from the Bacup side, but Sumerbee is under no illusion that it will be a tough baptism into Under-21 football for his young side.
“We don’t know much about the opposition for Sunday but I’m fully expecting it to be a very physical battle. It’s likely there will be a fair few older lads in the Bacup side with a few who may even be pushing for a spot in their first team so it’s certainly not going to be easy but we’ll be ready.“
Kick-off at Platt Lane is at 13:00.