Ryan treble sees lead stretched
MACCLESFIELD Blues had Ryan Parkinson to thank for their bonus point win after the back rower picked up a hat-trick to extend The Blues’ lead at the top to fifteen points after a very hard fought 33-26 victory over Tynedale.
Man of the match Parkinson got his first on 11 minutes, some fine set piece from the league leaders ensured that Parkinson was the beneficiary from a fine driving maul, Tom Eaton added the extras to make it 7-0.
Moments later, Macc doubled their lead.
A fine running move resulted in outside centre Elliot Brierley diving under the posts after an offload from winger Rhodri Mayor.
On 25 minutes, Dave Marwick crashed over and gave Macclesfield a three try lead, with Eaton again adding the extras, 21-0.
Tynedale took the momentum into half time after a score close to the whistle. Ben Bell grabbing the score for the visitors and Ashley Smith converted, 21-7.
Tynedale came out strongly after half time and got reward and reaped the reward seven minutes in, Ben Haigh smashing over, Smith again with the successful conversion, taking scoreline to 21-14.
On 51 minutes, the visitors saw their wind knocked out their sails when Will Miller was sent to the bin for a no arms tackle.
The Blues secured their bonus point on 68 minutes, Parkinson getting his second score of the game, Eaton converted, making it 28-14.
On 73 minutes, The Blues wrapped up the victory and Parkinson his hat trick when he finished off a fine team try, receiving a fine offload from skipper Mike Finnemore, 33-14.
Tynedale needed two tries in the last seven minutes to secure the two bonus points deserved. The visitors grabbed their first of two on 76 minutes when Jack Harrison went over.
With the final play, the visitors crossed to complete a fine match, Haigh got his second and smith converted, 33-26 full time.
1 Marshall Gadd (Mills 40), 2 Sam Moss (Millea 63), 3 Martin Kent (Mantell 40), 4 Harrison Lewis, 5 David Marwick, 6 Mike Finnemore, 7 Max Smith, 8 Ryan Parkinson (Palmer 74) 9 Jordan Brookes, 10 Tom Eaton, 11 Rhodri Mayor (Barker 60), 12 Matt O’Regan, 13 Elliot Brierley, 14 Josh Fowles, 15 Charlie Venables 16 Paul Millea, 17 Tom Mantell, 18 Elliot Mills, 19 Joe Palmer, 20 Lewis Barker
Parkinson (11, 68, 73), Brierley (13), Marwick (25) Eaton 11, 13, 25, 68
1 Peter Southern, 2 Louis Frankland (Proctor 68), 3 Ben Haigh ( Westgarth 60), 4 Ben Bell, 5 Scott Powell, 6 Stuart Johnson, 7 Richard Hall (Charters 47), 8 Nick Cairn, 9 Daniel Taylor, 10 Matt Outson, 11 Oliver Walker, 12 William Miller (Duncan 68), 13 Jack Harrison, 14 James Clark (Marshall 53), 15 Ashley Smith, 16 Matt Proctor, 17 Alex Westgarth, 18 Matt Charters, 19 Ben Duncan, 20 Daniel Marshall
Bell 36, Haigh 45, 80, Harrison 76 Smith 37, 46, 80 Michael Harris 21-7
252 Ryan Parkinson
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the tries in two games for Macc.
The number eight is continuing to prove a vital cog in the much feared Macc pack, Heagerty feels he is in great shape and hitting form as a reward.
“He’s worked very hard to get on the end of that final try, and I think that might be one of the best tries we’ve scored this season.
“I’ve spoke many times
‘Ryan works hard round the pitch, is dynamic and a great ball carrier. He’s in good shape now’
about Ryan, he’s a great player. He works hard round the pitch, he’s dynamic and he’s a great ball carrier. He’s in good shape now and it’ll come right if the tracks harden up.”
Saturday saw The Blues’ first home game in five weeks, Heagerty revealed it was a relief to be back at home, and acknowledged how good the support is for the players.
“It was great to be back at home, we had a great crowd in for the mini/ junior lunch.
“The boys really get up when the crowd get behind them. Both sides have put on a good show today, 60 points in the way that rugby should be played.”
The Blues travel to Otley this weekend and will look to maintain their fine form to keep the lead at the top.
●● Ryan Parkinson was the hero for Macclesfield Blues in the win against Tynedale