Blues build on solid open­ing

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NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 2 MAC­CLES­FIELD ............ 31 PRE­STON G’HOP­PERS... 3

MAC­CLES­FIELD made it two wins from two games at Pri­ory Park as they de­feated Pre­ston Grasshop­pers 31-3.

The Blues opened the scor­ing on 11 min­utes, a dom­i­nant Mac­cles­field scrum forc­ing their coun­ter­parts to crack un­der the pres­sure. They took full ad­van­tage and scored as El­liot Mills bashed his way over the line.

Hop­pers got them­selves off the mark on 20 min­utes, full back Sean Tay­lor adding three from a penalty.

The dom­i­nant Macc pack again proved to be all too pow­er­ful for the visi­tors. The Blues set a driv­ing maul on 25 min­utes, it pow­ered over and Ryan Parkin­son touched down.

Hop­pers came into the game late in the half but The Blues kept them at bay with strong de­fence to stop them from get­ting a try on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. Macc went in at half time 12-3 up.

The blues fired out the start­ing blocks in the sec­ond half, Jor­dan Brookes spot­ted a gap around the fringe of the ruck and touched down af­ter 3 min­utes.

The Blues were then re­duced to 14 men, Mar­shall Gadd was sent to the bin. The Blues de­fended as­tutely through­out this pe­riod though, and kept the Hop­pers at bay.

With 15 men back on the pitch, The Blues se­cured the bonus point win, Macc worked the ball wide and Matt O’Re­gan dived over on 65 min­utes to fin­ish a fan­tas­tic team move.

The Blues had time for one more score in the clos­ing stages, to re­ally add gloss to a solid home win.

Dave Mar­wick pow­ered over, and Barker con­verted to make it 31-3 at the full time whis­tle.

1 Mar­shall Gadd, 2 Sam Moss, 3 El­liot Mills, 4 Dave 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 Bren­dan Berry, 17

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

Martin Kent, 18 Har­ri­son Lewis, 19 Phil Laing, 20 Jake Evens

Mills (11), Parkin­son (24), Brookes (43), O’Re­gan (64), Mar­wick (80) Lewis Barker 11, 44, 80 Matt Tur­vey

207 12-3 Ryan Parkin­son

TRIES: CON: REF­EREE: AT­TEN­DANCE: HT SCORE: STAR MAN:

●● Mas­cot Joe Hart­ley with Blues skip­per Mike Fin­nemore ahead of Satur­day’s game

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