Late goal de­nies Ladies vic­tory

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Ladies trav­elled to the Wir­ral and re­turned home with a share of the spoils from their clash at Ox­ton.

As soon as the whis­tle blew, it started to rain tor­ren­tially, but the con­di­tions didn’t af­fect their game.

Macc got off to a very good start with their quick pass­ing game and man­aged to bril­liantly de­fend a num­ber of shots on goal from Ox­ton.

It wasn’t long be­fore An­gela Duffy slot­ted home a well ex­e­cuted goal from a short cor­ner and put Macc into the lead.

In a game that was plagued with cards and du­bi­ous de­ci­sions, three play­ers from Macc and two from Ox­ton had to leave the pitch whilst sin binned.

Un­happy with all the un­nec­es­sary time outs, Mac­cles­field were caught off guard whilst one of their play­ers was off the pitch.

Mac­cles­fied held on to the lead un­til the last five min­utes of the game when Ox­ton man­aged to equalise from a short cor­ner.

Ul­ti­mately, Macc played a very strong game.

Emma Houghton was awarded man of the match from the op­po­si­tion and Jess Car­roll was play­ers’ player.

ALEXAN­DER HANNAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD made it eight bonus wins on the bounce thanks to a last gasp-try from num­ber eight Ryan Parkin­son.

His score en­sured the Blues ran out win­ners at Pri­ory Park in a tight en­counter against newly pro­moted San­dal.

The home side took a blow be­fore the game when skip­per Mike Fin­nemore pulled up in the warm up and was re­placed by Parkin­son. Jor­dan Brookes cap­tained the side on his re­turn from in­jury.

San­dal boasted the tight­est defence in league prior to kick off but they found them­selves a man down on 10 min­utes af­ter full back Si­mon Frewin was sent to the bin.

Mac­cles­field fly-half Lewis Barker gave The Blues the lead from the re­sult­ing penalty.

On 16 min­utes Mac­cles­field scored the first try of the game. Se­cur­ing quick ball from the li­ne­out, El­liot Bri­er­ley made the ini­tial line break and found Dave Mar­wick who off­loaded to sec­ond row part­ner Harrison Lewis just short of the line to fin­ish. Lewis Barker added the ex­tras to make it 10-0.

San­dal got them­selves off the mark on 32 min­utes when fly half Greg Wood took full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity awarded to him from the kick­ing tee.

On the stroke of half time Mac­cles­field ex­tended their lead.

Set­ting up the driv­ing maul from the li­ne­out and crash­ing it over, Parkin­son was the man to dot down from the back of it, mean­ing Mac­cles­field went in at the break with a 15-3 lead.

It con­tin­ued to be a tight en­counter in the sec­ond half and it took 17 min­utes of play for a try to be scored. Mac­cles­field made the most of turnover ball and broke quickly down the right flank through Char­lie Ven­ables. El­liot Bri­er­ley was the man to score the try for his ninth of the sea­son.

San­dal spent large pe­ri­ods of the sec­ond half camped in The Blues’ half but stern defence kept the vis­i­tors frus­trated and at bay.

A fresh Macc front row helped them re­take the game by the scruff of the neck as they went in search of the bonus point score.

It fi­nally came with the last play of the match, num­ber eight Parkin­son break­ing from the back of the scrum and show­ing a ter­rific turn of pace to race through and score. Barker again added the ex­tras.

15 O’Re­gan, 14 Ven­ables, 13 Bri­er­ley, 12 Ea­ton, 11 Mayor (New­ton 77), 10 L Barker, 9 Brookes, 8 Parkin­son, 7 Smith (Moss 73), 6 F Barker, 5 Lewis, 4 Mar­wick, 3 Kent (Mil­lar-Mills 40) 2 Moss (Berry 67), 1 Gadd (Man­tell 40) Unusued Sub – 19 Mike Fin­nemore

H Lewis (16), R Parkin­son (36, 80), E Bri­er­ley (57) L Barker (16, 56, 80) L Barker (11)

1 Elder (L Nor­bury 62), 2 Heron ( White 78), 3 R Nor­bury (A Nor­bury 33), 4 Stew­art, 5 Proc­tor, 6 Maguire, 7 Briscoe, 8 Cot­ter­ill, 9 Bed­ford, 10 Wood, 11 Jack­son, 12 Orr, 13 Martin,

MATCH STATS MAC­CLES­FIELD:

TRIES: CON: PEN: SAN­DAL:

14 Mitchell, 15 Frewin S Frewin, foul play, 10.

293 Dr Jonathan Cook

Max Smith

SIN BIN: AT­TEN­DANCE: REFEREE: STAR MAN:

●● Ryan Parkin­son tack­led sup­ported by Tom Ea­ton

●● Max Smith with chair­man Pe­ter Harper

●● Lewis Barker on the at­tack for The Blues

●● Blues ace Franky Barker is tack­led

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