Post­pone­ment is no damp­ener

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RUGBY UNION ALEX HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD lost yet an­other game to the weather this week­end, when their game away at Ot­ley was called off.

Head coach Giles Hea­gerty was left frus­trated at the sit­u­a­tion but still in a buoy­ant mood due to an­other strong week of train­ing from his squad.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed to lose an­other game to the weather, the rain has been ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous, it’s be­come an ir­ri­ta­tion more than any­thing else.

“I’m a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed we weren’t able to get in touch with any­one about the state of the pitch be­cause from my point of view there was no way that pitch was go­ing to be playable.

“We’ve had a re­ally good week in prac­tice this week, and this gives us op­por­tu­nity to have an­other good week of train­ing in the build up to Luc­to­ni­ans on Satur­day.

“We move on now, we turn at­ten­tion to next Satur­day, and an­other bonus is we’ll come here on Easter Satur­day and it might be a dry track.”

The Blues trav­elled to Ot­ley with a few changes from the squad that de­feated Tynedale at home, Billy Robin­son, Chris Jones, Ben Jones and Greg New­ton came into the squad as Hea­gerty looked to look af­ter some play­ers who had picked up knocks be­fore.

“Mar­shall Gadd, Franky Barker and Har­ri­son are all car­ry­ing bumps we

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week need to look af­ter. We’re thank­ful to have a squad that al­lows us to do that. Billy has been train­ing like a ma­chine, and play­ing well for the 2s so he is def­i­nitely worth a look at.

“You just felt that com­ing some­where like this, you’d need some­one like Chris Jones to have come off the bench to­wards the back end of the game, but it wasn’t to be.”

Chris Jones and Billy Robin­son were both part of the side that got pro­moted from this divi­sion two sea­sons ago, and Hea­gerty be­lieves be­ing able to call upon that type of ex­pe­ri­ence is key to how well his side have per­formed this term.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve got through­out the spine of this team is fan­tas­tic, Tom Man­tell, Sam Moss, Martin Kent, Mike Finnemore, Tom Ea­ton. There is close to a thou­sand caps across that group.

“So to then be able to bring Chris and Billy into the squad is huge, Chris has around 150 caps for Macc and Billy isn’t far be­hind.”

The Blues face se­cond bot­tom Luc­to­ni­ans this week­end at Pri­ory Park in what Giles is sure to be an­other tough test, but Hea­gerty in­sists his side must con­tinue to take It one game at a time and con­cen­trate on noth­ing but them­selves.

“Luc­to­ni­ans are try­ing to get them­selves out of the mire, they’ve picked up some good wins but we’ve just got to con­cen­trate on our­selves.

“We’re at Pri­ory Park so we’ll be look­ing to keep our good home form, it’s al­ways good to be at home.”

‘The rain has been ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous, an ir­ri­ta­tion more than any­thing else’

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Tom Ea­ton is part of the ex­pe­ri­enced spine of Mac­cles­field’s side

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