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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 September, 2003, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Macclesfield hope for Myhill boost
Moaz Byhill in action for Aston Villa reserves
Byhill has played well for Macclesfield
Macclesfield Town boss David Moss is hoping to keep on-loan Aston Villa goalkeeper Boaz Myhill for the rest of the season.

Moss snapped up the England Under-20 international on a three-month deal on the eve of the new campaign.

And after making an impressive start for the Silkmen, Moss is keen to extend his stay until next summer.

"We've got him for three months and my aim is to try and get him for the season," said Moss. "I have asked the question of Villa.

"He's top class and has been excellent for us. I think he can go a long way."
We are a small club, but we are ambitious and try to do things properly
Macclesfield boss David Moss

Moss believes the movement of players down from a higher level is raising the standard in Division Three.

He said: "I think that every team has improved. I think that players in the First and Second Divisions who can't get fixed up are setting their sights on joining the Third Division.

"I think every team has taken up three or four better players, which will make the division even tighter and even more competitive.

"From a football point of view, from the games we've played in, the quality is certainly higher than last year."

Moss was active in the summer transfer market with a clutch of new players arriving at the Moss Rose to suggest that the Silkmen could mount a play-off challenge.

The Crewe pair of John Miles and Colin Little, as well Myhill and Hartlepool's Tommy Widdrington moved down the divisions, while Martin Carruthers and David Flitcroft are proven Division Three performers.

"We are a small club, but we are ambitious and try to do things properly," said Moss, whose new-look side collected their first victory of the season on Saturday.

"The first win is important and has given a big lift to everybody.

"I want to finish as high as we possibly can. I don't know how high that will be. I'm asking those questions of the players.

"I see things day-in, day-out that could take us close to the top eight or nine, but I don't know yet."






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