Macclesfield kick off on the front foot
MACCLESFIELD Blues began to create some momentum at the weekend as they made it two from two at home with a bonus point win against Preston Grasshoppers.
The Blues scored five tries and looked dominant throughout the win.
Head Coach Giles Heagerty and Captain Mike Finnemore were both content after the game, but felt The Blues left some points out on the pitch.
The Macclesfield forwards were particularly impressive this weekend, and Heagerty felt his team imposed themselves on their opposite numbers.
“We knew at half time we had the physical advantage over Preston, and it was a case of really pressing that home. I’m a little disappointed we bombed two scores, but sometimes you’ve just got to grind teams down, and we went out and did that.”
Finnemore was also pleased with how strong the pack was, but hoped that his side could be more clinical in future.
“The pack was strong again, it’ll look really good on paper, but we weren’t quite clinical enough. We missed a couple of chances, and its things like that, that when it really comes down to it, could hurt us. WE’ll go back to the drawing board, do the work, and make it better. We won, and we played well but there is always a bit more you can do.”
Giles expressed his delight at Finnemore’s reaction to the game. Despite winning with a bonus point, the team were still left with frustration at missing other opportunities.
“It’s the culture we’ve got. We strive for improvement. Each week, we just keep pushing to get better. Although the lads were tired, there was still frustration. IF we can get everything right, we can be scoring 5/6 tries every week.”
Macc go on to face Broadstreet away next week, the midlands outfit have had a tough start to the campaign, but Heagerty expects a very tough match.
“Broadstreet will be a tough game, the pitch over there is massive, which I’m sure will really please the boys. They’ve had a tough time to start off with. They’ll be a tough outfit, this is National Two, there are no easy games.”
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