Hart-break as Blues lose again

Mac­cles­field re­main with­out a point as Col­lege side en­joy em­phatic win

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

THE Blues’ search for a first win of the sea­son con­tin­ued as they were soundly beaten by vis­i­tors Hart­pury Col­lege.

The vis­i­tors ar­rived at Pri­ory Park ex­pect­ing a tough game, as a de­fi­ant Mac­cles­field were look­ing to im­prove on pre­vi­ous per­for­mances.

But Hart­pury left with five points as they dom­i­nated all as­pects of the game and starved Mac­cles­field of pos­ses­sion.

The two sides ex­changed penal­ties early on, Macc’s Tom Ea­ton and Thomp­son for Hart­pury scor­ing the points, and after 15 min­utes the vis­i­tors led 6-3.

The first try of the game came after 20 min­utes, Thomp­son show­ing some great foot­work to dance through the Blues’ de­fence and breeze in un­der the posts.

The Hart­pury fly-half con­verted his own score to make it 13-3.

The vis­i­tors had Mac­cles­field camped deep in their own half and on 30 min­utes a poor clear­ance kick re­sulted in Carter get­ting him­self over the line, Thomp­son once again adding the ex­tras on what was a fault­less af­ter­noon for the Hart­pury kicker.

On 37 min­utes a dom­i­nant Hart­pury pack turned over a scrum close to the Mac­cles­field line, the ball was shipped out and inside cen­tre Boul­ton reaped the re­wards.

Thomp­son once again added the ex­tras to take the vis­i­tors into half-time 27-3 to the good.

After the break the Blues were once again let down by poor dis­ci­pline as Ryan Jack­son was sent to bin with 55 min­utes on the clock.

Hart­pury made the ex­tra man count im­me­di­ately as they scored to ex­tend their lead past 30 points, leav­ing the score at 34-3.

As Jack­son re­turned to the field for the Blues Hart­pury had a man them­selves sent to the bin, but although Mac­cles­field had the ex­tra man for 10 min­utes and en­joyed their only pro­longed spell of pos­ses­sion in the game they couldn’t turn that into any points.

Mac­cles­field then had re­place­ment Greg New­ton sent to the bin for foul play and the game pe­tered out with no real tryscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated un­til two min­utes from time when Jack­son in­ter­cepted a Macc pass and sprinted in to make the fi­nal score 41-3.

The Blues will feel ag­grieved by some of the ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions that could’ve gone ei­ther way, es­pe­cially at the scrum, but they know they must im­prove in a num­ber of ar­eas if they are to get their first win and put some points on the board.

Mac­cles­field travel to Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park this week­end, the scene of their League Two North ti­tle win last year, but they’ll know what an ex­tremely tough place it is to go and win games. Blay­don 21 – 16 Coven­try

Esher 29 – 28 Fylde Mac­cles­field 3 – 41 Hart­pury Col­lege Old Al­ba­ni­ans 12 – 35 Black­heath Rich­mond 30 – 27 Dar­ling­ton MP Wharfedale 8 – 21 Eal­ing Trail­find­ers

Cin­der­ford 32 – 28 Tynedale L’boro Stu­dents 27 – 36 Ross­lyn Park Hart­pury Col­lege v Esher, Black­heath v Blay­don, Coven­try v Wharfedale, Dar­ling­ton MP v Mac­cles­field, Eal­ing Trail­find­ers v Cin­der­ford, Fylde v L’boro Stu­dents, Ross­lyn Park v Old Al­ba­ni­ans, Tynedale v Rich­mond.

●● There’s no way through for Jor­dan Brookes as he’s hauled down by Hart­pury tack­lers dur­ing the 41-3 de­feat

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