Dom­i­nant Blues re­tain ap­petite

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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.

How­ever, Hea­gerty

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

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