Blues end long wait for home vic­tory

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NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 2 MAC­CLES­FIELD ............ 34 CALDY ............................. 27

ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH ACCLESFIELD re­sponded from an open­ing day de­feat with a 34-27 win at home to Cheshire ri­vals Caldy.

The Blues also ended the long wait for a home win that stretched from April 5th 2014, to Septem­ber 12th 2015. It was fit­ting that Macc did it in a near full Pri­ory Park as the club threw a suc­cess­ful fam­ily fun day, con­cen­trat­ing on the blos­som­ing mini/ju­nior sec­tion.

Both sides ex­changed penal­ties early on, Jack

MLavin adding three for the visi­tors and Lewis Barker for the hosts.

The first try came on 10 min­utes when scrum half Jor­dan Brookes off­loaded bril­liantly for winger Josh Fowles to beat a few men on the way to the line.

Caldy re­sponded on 20 min­utes, lock for­ward Tom San­ders crashed over from close range, leav­ing the score at 10-10.

Mac­cles­field re­gained the lead on the half hour mark. El­liot Brierley scor­ing a fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual try as he beat nu­mer­ous op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers on his way to the line, Lewis Barker added the ex­tras.

The Blues were dom­i­nant at the set piece through­out the first half and this re­ally gave them the plat­form to at­tack the Caldy back line. Mills, Moss, and Gadd were shin­ing in the dis­man­tling of a big Caldy pack.

The front row boys were cer­tainly earn­ing their crust in front of a packed out Pri­ory Park.

The Blues burst out of the blocks for the sec­ond half. Matt O’Re­gan hit a fan­tas­tic line to grab a score on 50 min­utes and ex­tend the Macc league.

Caldy bounced back 5 min­utes later as Lavin added the try and con­ver­sion to make it 24-17.

A spell of heavy Caldy pres­sure fol­lowed but the Blues de­fended bril­liantly and turned at­tack into de­fence, Franky Barker fin­ished the move and se­cured the win.

Caldy added a try late on and both teams ex­changed penal­ties, Macc get the five-point win and Caldy come away with a los­ing bonus point.

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

1 Mar­shall Gadd, 2 Sam Moss, 3 El­liot Mills, 4 David Mar­wick, 5 Ben Jones, 6 Mike Fin­nemore, 7 Ryan Parkin­son, 8 Franky Barker 9 Jor­dan Brookes, 10 Lewis Barker, 11 Rho­dri Mayor, 12 Tom Ea­ton, 13 El­liot Brierley, 14 Josh Fowles, 15 Matt O’Re­gan 16 Paul Mil­lea, 17 Tom Man­tell, 18 Har­ri­son Lewis, 19 Philip Laing, 20 Jamie An­thony

15 Ben El­liot, 14 Paul Sell­wood, 13 Forbes Ed­wards, 12 Thomas Banks, 11 Ni­cholas Royle, 10 Jack Lavin, 9 John Brox­son 1 Colin Camp­bell, 2 Chris­tian Jones, 3 Derek Sal­is­bury, 4 John Col­lis­ter, 5 Thomas

CALDY:

San­ders, 6 John Weir, 7 Nyle David­son, 8 Stu­art Cross 16 Nathan Rush­ton, 17 Louis McGowan, 18 Adam Kelly, 19 Ben­jamin Jones, 20 An­drew Soutar

MAC­CLES­FIELD TRIES:

Josh Fowles (9), El­liot Brierley (28), O’Re­gan (47), Franky Barker (66) Lewis Barker (9, 28, 47, 66) Lewis Barker (7, 78)

Tom San­ders (20), Jack Lavin (51), An­drew Soutar (74) Jack Lavin (20, 51, 74) Jack Lavin (3, 80)

An­drew Tay­lor­son

CON: PEN: CALDY TRIES: CON: PEN: REF­EREE: ATT:

279

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● El­liot Brierley was among the try-scor­ers in Mac­cles­field’s win against Caldy at Pri­ory Park at the week­end

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