CARL Macauley is hoping a whirlwind week of transfer activity will end with his Vauxhall Motors side claiming the scalp of runaway league leaders Hyde.
Macauley has been busy reshaping his squad in the lead up to Saturday’s big Blue Square North encounter at Rivacre Park (3pm).
He has released winger John Lawless, extended the loan of midfielder Liam Wynn from Fleetwood Town and signed two new strikers.
The arrival of Dan Parkinson, 19, on a month’s loan from League Two Morecambe, and Ross Farran, 21, on a permanent deal from lower-league Leek Town, comes hot on the heels of Leighton McGivern’s shock departure.
The 19-goal top scorer revealed at the weekend that he had decided to call time on his third spell with Motors.
McGivern, who was on non-contract terms, said: “Vauxhall have been good to me but I think I’ve been good to them as well. But I was becoming frustrated, picking up bookings and getting sent off all the time.”
Macauley is unsure of McGivern’s next move but he still holds the 27-year-old’s talent in high regard.
The Motors boss is now focusing all his thoughts on the visit of Hyde.
The league leaders are eight points clear at the summit and go into Saturday’s match on the back of a 4-0 win over Droylsden.
Third-from-bottom Vauxhall will be firm underdogs for the clash but they will not be without confidence.
They banished the memory of last Tuesday’s 4-0 home hammering by Boston United with a 1-1 draw at play-off hopefuls Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend.
Macauley said: “We did really well and the only disappointment was that we didn’t get the three points. But to be fair, no keeper in the league would have been able to save the goal they scored to equalise.
“We couldn’t afford to have another performance like the one we gave against Boston and there was a big response. It was a good point and now we’ve got to keep on picking up points for the rest of the season.
“As a player the game against Hyde is the kind of game you want to play in. They had a good win over Droylsden, they’re flying high and full of confidence. We’re going to be in for a very hard game.”
Macauley is sweating on the fitness of Dave Mannix and Craig Mahon.
Motors are away to fellow strugglers Eastwood Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).