Dominant Blues retain appetite
RUGBY UNION WILL JACKSON
MACCLESFIELD RUFC head coach Giles Heagerty has underlined the importance of constantly improving as his team chase promotion from National League Two North.
The Blues have been a dominant force this season as they look to bounce back to National League One at the first time of asking.
Despite having three games in hand over second placed Stourbridge, they currently sit 14 points clear at the top of the table.
is keen to stress that the job is not done yet and with 12 games still to play, he has high expectations of his players and staff to uphold their high standards until the final game of the season.
“One of the big things that I’ve talked about during the course of this season is the importance of continued evolution.
“That’s not whole sale changes, but its making sure that every week we try and add a little bit to what we’re trying to do, whilst ensuring that the stuff we were doing previously is done at the standard that we hope and expect of the players, and the coaching staff.
“There’s no doubt that the level of analysis being done in National Two North this year is very high and if you keep doing the same thing then teams are going to figure you out very quickly.”
The league has been hindered by the winter weather, leaving an array of fixtures to be rearranged and a potential pile-up of fixtures in the closing weeks.
Macclesfield were left frustrated again last weekend after travelling to Otley, only for the game to be called off due to the condition of the pitch.
“You don’t want games to be going on into the middle of May, I know Sedgely Park are already facing that and you’re just relying on your ground staff.
“You do get to a point where you just want the season to end, you get to the middle of March and you’re thinking ‘okay, we’re nearly there’, and that’s not going to be the case.
“You’ve got to realise that club rugby is mentally tough for players and coaches alike, particularly when you are pushing, potentially, for promotion.”
The title charge marches on this weekend when Luctonians travel to Priory Park.
However, despite the Midlands side currently sitting in the relegation zone, Heagerty and his players are not getting ahead of themselves.
“We are literally going one game at a time, our only focus at the moment is Luctonians this Saturday and we’re not interested in anything that’s coming after that.
“You look at their results and they were in and around the bottom three but they are fighting tooth and nail to get themselves out of that and they’ve had some good results recently.
“So, it’s not going to be an easy game by any stretch, but I say this week in, week out when I’m asked about opponents, there are no easy games in National Two North, which is the way that you would want it.
“They had an interesting game plan, and I mean that in a complimentary way when we played them at their place and it will be interesting to see whether they come with the same game plan or they try something different.”
‘It’s making sure that every week we try and add a little bit to what we’re trying to do’
●● Harry Horne, left, was among the Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club members who featured in the club’s annual show. See page 67 for full report