Heagerty hails side after defeat
Continued from back of the game but we lacked concentration.”
Heagerty picked out some individual performances from the game he was particularly impressed with, including those of Tom Morton and Matt Geiger.
“Tom Morton was exceptional in the first half and should be applauded, he’s come in late we only knew we were going to have him involved on Thursday and Matt Geiger also did a great job.
“Tom Eaton had a great game, the work he did defensively was superb. Elliot MillarMills had a great game, Ben Jones stepped up, the last five weeks he’s been brilliant but probably not had the pat on the back he has deserved.
“Dave Marwick also had a brilliant game.
“Everybody has stepped up at various points during a very difficult season. We’ve failed to achieve the standards we set as a group and we must review the reasons why and work to rectify them.”
The Blues now head into a season in National Two, and Heagerty was keen to point out that his group of players are desperate to prove that they are better than results this season would suggest.
“The next campaign is a long time away, it’s hard to say what we expect as it’s a very tough league with some strong teams in that league.
“But we now have a group of very angry men, not negatively but it’s positive we’ve got boys who wish this season could carry on.
“We’ve had some dark times this season and there are lads that are desperate to right wrongs of this season.
“Players know they haven’t performed to their capacity and they want to show that. We know our goals internally and we need to work hard to achieve these. We have players coming in to join us but the important thing is we’re only losing two players.
“Chris Jones is joining the coaching staff and Phil Williams is off to Sandhurst.
“Tom Mantell will be coming back, so he will feel like virtually a new player, and also Ryan Higginson. We’ve set clear goals in the immediate aftermath and on July 1st we’re back in and we’re working towards them.”
The Blues come back into work in July for pre season ahead of another campaign in a tough national league, where the team will be hungry to right the wrongs of the season just past.
●● Head Coach Giles Heagerty, left, presenting Chris Jones with an award for his services to the club as a player during his nine seasons with Macclesfield