Barker snatches dra­matic late win

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Blues fi­nally got some game time on the pitch on Satur­day af­ter re­cent weather dis­rup­tions and snatched a dra­matic vic­tory right at the death.

A 79th-minute Lewis Barker penalty was enough to see the Blues take the win against a Luc­to­ni­ans side who had pushed them all the way.

The teams shared six tries in a game which closed with a nail­bit­ing cli­max.

The home side started brightly, look­ing to re­build the mo­men­tum fol­low­ing post­pone­ments since the turn of the year.

Mac­cles­field didn’t dwell and soon took the lead.

An ex­cel­lent li­ne­out set-piece along with strong play from the for­wards carved a gap and Dave Mar­wick took his op­por­tu­nity.

As strongly as the host’s started, the vis­it­ing side were not go­ing to let Macc in for an easy af­ter­noon and soon had their first score of the game.

The Blues de­fence was caught nap­ping and didn’t re­act to a quick tap penalty just a few me­tres out and the Here­ford­shire side were level.

Gre­gory New­ton then set about re­gain­ing the Mac­cles­field lead. Some scin­til­lat­ing rugby from within their own half, com­bined with the speed of New­ton, opened up the cor­ner and the Blues were back in front.

In what was turn­ing out to be a high-scor­ing first half, Luc­to­ni­ans came back in rather con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion.

A clear­ance from Tom Ea­ton ap­peared to have been helped into touch by a Luc­to­nian hand but was not seen by the touch judge nor the ref­eree.

From the re­sult­ing li­ne­out, the vis­i­tors worked an open­ing and crossed the line to bring them­selves to within two points.

Af­ter the in­ter­val, Mac­cles­field started strongly again, keep­ing the vis­i­tors penned in their own half.

But, on their first trip into Blues ter­ri­tory, Luc­to­ni­ans were able to take the lead for the first time, work­ing the over­lap to score.

How­ever, it wasn’t long be­fore the Blues were back leve.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing at the scrum once more and win­ning the penalty, the Blues set piece worked well again and opened up space for Parkin­son to score on the blind side.

Both sides had chances af­ter that to win the game via a try. But in the 79th minute, Barked stepped up to knock over a penalty to present the win to the home side.

With the fi­nal kick of the game, Luc­to­ni­ans had a chance to level it once more but the kick fell well short.

●● Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against Luc­to­ni­ans at Broughton Park at the week­end

●● Macc halt a Luc­to­ni­ans at­tack at source

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