Bright start but a familiar outcome
LEAGUE ONE NORTH MACCLESFIELD ............ 24 TYNEDALE ..................... 60
MACCLESFIELD suffered a heavy loss against Tynedale at Priory Park on Saturday as their search for a first win of the season continues.
The defeat made it six losses on the bounce for Giles Heagerty’s men.
The Blues started the brighter of the two sides and were rewarded for this on the scoreboard.
Firstly, a penalty from Tom Eaton and then a try from Matt King put The Blues 10-0 up.
The try was a result of a fantastic line break from Phil Williams which then gave the backs quick ball and an overlap which King took full advantage of to get his fourth try of the season.
Macc then allowed the visitors back into the game and Tynedale were more than happy to accept this gift, they scored three tries in 10 minutes with scores from Charters, Connon, and Frankland with the first of his five-try haul which meant Tynedale were 10-21 up after 25 minutes.
The Blues then regained some control of the match and looked very dangerous in the opposition half.
The away side could only withstand the pressure for so long and then hooker, Sam Moss bundled himself over the line to get The Blues back in the game.
Eaton’s conversion meant the Blues were just four points behind with a minute of the first half to play.
Tynedale then restored their lead going into halftime as they retained the ball from the kick off and took advantage of poor Macclesfield discipline and kicked to the corner. The visitors had a very strong set piece and showed it from the lineout as the whole pack crashed over the line to make it 17-26.
The Blues went in at half-time very much still in the game and could even feel aggrieved to be as far behind as they were after playing some fantastic rugby of their own.
Soon after half-time, Tynedale set the tone for the second half as Frankland grabbed his second of the match and coasted through The Blues’ defence, as he reaped the benefits of the hard working pack in front of him.
Ten minutes later, another catch and drive line out was the downfall of The Blues as the visitors piled in and only stopped over the whitewash, meaning that Frankland completed his hat-trick.
On 60 minutes, Tynedale added another try, this time winger Visser grabbed the first of his second half brace to make it 17-43.
Frankland then added his fourth try; he found himself on the receiving end of an audacious chip from blindside flanker Temm and galloped through the onlooking Macclesfield defence.
On 70 minutes Visser completed his brace and shortly after Frankland completed his five-try haul leaving the score at 17-60 with not long left on the scoreboard.
The Blues grabbed a late consolation through Matt O’Regan after great work from Rhodri Mayor.
●● Phillip Williams makes a break forward for the Blues during Saturday’s game against Tynedale
●● The Macc scrum pit their wits against Tynedale