Blues’ fate sealed by a two-try flurry

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ONE MAC­CLES­FIELD .......... 23 ESHER............................ 30

MAC­CLES­FIELD played host to sev­enth- placed Esher as they looked to kick­start 2015 and get their sea­son on track.

Against an Esher side who looked a very strong side when the Blues faced them in London Giles Hea­gerty’s men did at least take a bonus point from a 30-23 de­feat.

A close game at Pri­ory Park in wet con­di­tions was ul­ti­mately de­cided by two sec­ond-half tries in quick suc­ces­sion from the vis­i­tors.

Esher opened the scor­ing with just five min­utes on the clock. They caught the Blues nap­ping and took ad­van­tage when they won a penalty to kick it to the cor­ner.

The re­sult­ing li­ne­out was driven over and the score con­verted for a 7-0 lead.

Six min­utes later, Esher added another try and Mac­cles­field looked up against it. A kick in be­hind was pounced upon by the winger Joseph Brown and Esher were 12-0 up.

But on 16 min­utes, the Blues got them­selves into the game with a try of their own.

They built up pres­sure on the Esher line and it took a big ball carry from prop Billy Robin­son (right) to crash over the line and get the score, which was con­verted by loan sign­ing Tom Mor­ton.

Twenty min­utes later, Mac­cles­field hauled them­selves to within two points of their vis­i­tors as Mor­ton kicked three points from the tee.

Esher re­sponded on the stroke of half-time with a penalty of their own, from fly-half Ian Cross.

The Blues came out after half-time and looked to get them­selves back into the game, and three points from the boot of Mor­ton two min­utes after the restart looked to set Macc up for a strong sec­ond half.

Min­utes later, Cameron Zeiss crossed for Esher to es­tab­lish a seven-point gap be­tween the two sides and put a set­back on a Blues come­back.

Just five min­utes later Esher scored again and put 14 points be­tween the two sides with half an hour to play.

Sam Moss crossed for Macc with 18 min­utes left on the clock to set up an ex­cit­ing fin­ish and set the home side up for a los­ing bonus point at the very least.

How­ever, Cross seemed to have snatched it away from the Blues with a long dis­tance penalty five min­utes from time.

A last-gasp op­por­tu­nity was handed to Mor­ton, who slot­ted a penalty with the last kick of the game to se­cure a los­ing bonus point for Mac­cles­field.

It was a game they could have had more from, but Mor­ton’s three points at least en­sur­ing that the Blues had some re­ward for their ef­forts.

Mac­cles­field re­turn to Pri­ory Park on Jan­uary 17, when they host top-ofthe-ta­ble side Eal­ing Trail­find­ers, but first they have this week­end’s trip to Hart­pury Col­lege to ne­go­ti­ate.

●● Mac­cles­field be­gan 2015 with de­feat but they gained a los­ing bonus point from their match at home to Esher


● U11 player Charlie Warr (pic­tured with cap­tain Mike Fin­nemore) was Satur­day’s mas­cot

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