Five-point haul keeps Blues top

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - NA­TIONAL TWO NORTH

MAC­CLES­FIELD en­sured they kept their lead at the top of Na­tional Two North with a bonus point win away at South Le­ices­ter in tricky con­di­tions.

The Blues were at one stage down to 13 men but a se­cond half brace from sub­sti­tute Ryan Parkin­son en­sured Macc trav­elled back north with five points.

The Blues played some fine rugby in the open­ing stages as they looked to move the hosts around. On ten min­utes, the first score came.

Macc won a penalty, which Tom Ea­ton dis­patched to the cor­ner. The rolling maul then rum­bled it’s way over the line for David Mar­wick to dot down.

Mac­cles­field made

it two tries in a minute im­me­di­ately af­ter when they scored straight from the kick off, The Blues went the length of the pitch with Franky Barker start­ing and fin­ish­ing the move un­der the posts for Ea­ton to con­vert, tak­ing the score­line to 0-12.

On the half hour mark, Macc lost two play­ers in a minute as Mar­wick and Tom Man­tell were sent to the sin bin for of­fend­ing in a maul.

The hosts made The Blues pay im­me­di­ately as the fol­low­ing line out drive re­sulted in a con­verted try.

The Blues did well to eat up time on the clock and Tom Ea­ton kicked a penalty to ex­tend The Blues’ lead.

South Le­ices­ter got a for­tu­nate score on the stroke of half time to en­sure that the game was a close one go­ing into the se­cond half.

A charged down clear­ance kick re­sulted in a South Le­ices­ter play­ing col­lect­ing the loose ball to score.

The Blues started the brighter of the two sides af­ter the break, and af­ter just two min­utes Tom Ea­ton added an­other three points.

On 45 min­utes Mac­cles­field has their third try, Ryan Parkin­son the man to score from an­other strong driv­ing maul just sec­onds af­ter com­ing off the bench.

Parkin­son com­pleted his brace five min­utes later and se­cured the bonus point win for The Blues who looked com­fort­able for the en­tirety of the se­cond pe­riod, 12-32.

The five point win means Mac­cles­field re­tain their ten point lead at the top of Na­tional Two North.

The Blues host Tynedale at Pri­ory Park on Satur­day and will look to mark their first home game of 2016 with an­other win.

15 Char­lie Ven­ables, 14 Josh Fowles, 13 El­liot Bri­er­ley, 12 Matt O’Re­gan, 11 Rho­dri Mayor, 10 Tom Ea­ton, 9 Jor­dan Brookes 1 Tom Man­tell, 2 Sam Moss, 3 El­liot Mills, 4 Dave Mar­wick, 5 Har­ri­son Lewis, Mike Finnemore, 7 Max Smith, 8 Ryan Parkin­son 16 PJ Millea, 17 Mar­shall Gadd, 18 Martin Kent, 19 Ryan Parkin­son, 20 Matt King

Dave Mar­wick, Franky Barker, Ryan Parkin­son 2

MACC:

TRIES:

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Sub­sti­tute Ryan Parkin­son made a big im­pres­sion at South Le­ices­ter, scor­ing a se­cond half brace

●● Franky Barker started and fin­ished a length-of-the-field try

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