Make Pri­ory Park a fortress: Fin­nemore

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD Blues ended their win­less streak at Pri­ory Park on Satur­day with a hard fought vic­tory over the trav­el­ling Caldy.

The Blues scored two tries in each half to seal a 34-27 win – but they will feel they left a lot of points on the pitch, with mis­takes that cost them points but luck­ily not the match.

Mike Fin­nemore spoke with a sense of re­lief af­ter the game, but also a de­sire to make this the first of many wins at Pri­ory Park this cam­paign.

“It’s a big deal, we’ve had a few losses and we didn’t get the start we needed. To win at home in front of a big crowd was fan­tas­tic and its fi­nally got that mon­key off our back. If we keep work­ing at it and re­ally graft­ing I think we can make Pri­ory Park a fortress this year.”

Both Fin­nemore and Head Coach Giles Hea­gerty knew the im­por­tance of the win but also felt The Blues could have come away from the game with much more points on the board.

Hea­gerty added: “Its nice to get the 5 point win, we cer­tainly made hard work of it but it’s a win. But to get that home win to­day, it’s been a while. It makes it even bet­ter that it was in front of a big crowd and the first home game of the sea­son, hope­fully we can set a marker down.”

Giles was also im­pressed with the im­pact of some of the new faces, Har­ri­son Lewis im­pressed off the bench and Mar­shall Gadd led from the front and dis­man­tle his op­po­site man in the scrum.

“Har­ri­son Lewis put him­self about, he brings a phys­i­cal edge, but I was pleased with the con­tri­bu­tion of the whole group not just the new lads.

“We’re very for­tu­nate with the play­ers we have in the front row, we had a plat­form for most of the game. Mar­shall brings a lot to the side both on and off the field, I’m very happy to have him here.”

Fin­nemore and Hea­gerty both high­lighted the im­por­tance of mak­ing Pri­ory Park a tough place to come.

The skip­per added: “We need to force ev­ery team that comes here to have a re­ally tough day at the of­fice. It’s a great pitch for us and we’ve got to make it hor­ri­ble for any­one that comes here.”

Dar­ren Quin­ton BPMSTF

●● Mar­shall Gadd led from the front for Mac­cles­field

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