Blues ex­tend lead at top of the ta­ble

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE TWO

SAM Moss’ 200th Na­tional League ap­pear­ance was made all the sweeter as The Blues kept their good run go­ing with a very hard fought vic­tory away at Har­ro­gate.

The Blues failed to get a try scor­ing bonus point for just the sec­ond time this sea­son as they ground out vic­tory.

The Blues got off to a flyer, with Rho­dri Mayor scor­ing within the first two min­utes af­ter the pack se­cured great line out ball for the backs to use.

The try scorer was sent to the bin shortly af­ter how­ever as the blues were re­duced to 14, The Macc de­fence held out for the ten-minute pe­riod how­ever de­spite a ruth­less on­slaught from the Har­ro­gate at­tack.

The Blues added an­other try on the half hour mark, some fine work from fly half Lewis Barker put El­liot Bri­er­ley in to keep up his 100 per cent scor­ing record this sea­son.

Har­ro­gate then got them­selves back in to the game as they fed off of a Mac­cles­field er­ror. A fine kick in be­hind looked to have been cov­ered by Mayor, but the bounce of the ball un­set­tle the winger and Har­ro­gate had their score, The Blues went in at the break 7-12 up.

Three min­utes into the sec­ond half Har­ro­gate took the lead, a con­verted score once again off the back of a blues mis­take gave the home side a 2 point lead.

The lead was short lived though, as the Macc pack turned the screw on the Har­ro­gate line, the de­fence com­mit­ted an of­fence and the ref­eree had no op­tion but to re­ward the penalty try, Lewis Barker added the con­ver­sion to stretch The Blues lead.

On 56 min­utes the hosts once again fell foul of the ref­eree’s whis­tle. The penalty was within Barker’s range and the fly half took his op­por­tu­nity as he so of­ten does from the tee to put Mac­cles­field two scores ahead.

Har­ro­gate made it a tight af­fair with eight min­utes to play as they added a penalty to go within five points.

The Blues’ stern de­fence with­stood the late ‘Gate bar­rage though and held out for the win.

The Blues’ win be­came all the more im­por­tant af­ter full time af­ter news got round that both Caldy and Sedgely Park slipped up to give Macc a six point cush­ion at the top.

MACC:

15 Ven­ables, 14 New­ton, 13 Bri­er­ley, 12 Ea­ton, 11 Mayor, 10 L Barker, 9 Brookes (c) 1 Gadd, 2 Moss, 3 Mills, 4 Mar­wick, 5 Lewis, 6 F Barker, 7 Smith, 8 Parkin­son 16 Berry, 17 Kent, 18 C Jones, 19 Palmer, 20 Evens

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Sam Moss

●● Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s vic­tory against Har­ro­gate at the week­end. The win saw The Blues stretch their at the top of Na­tional League Two

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