Blues pulling clear at the top
MACCLESFIELD weathered tough conditions to come away with the maximum five points as they travelled north to face Yorkshire side Sandal who boast a fine home record.
A brilliant performance from The Blues proved to all in attendance that they are fully worthy of the top position in National Two North.
With head coach Giles Heagerty away on England u18s duty, assistant Chris Jones stepped up and was incredibly proud of the team’s performance, which meant they moved 15 clear at the summit National Two.
“It’s a really tough place to come so I’m really pleased with how the boys fronted up. We got the five point win and that’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to keep this momentum and pile the pressure on the teams chasing us.
The Blues got off to a blistering start and Marshall Gadd crossed after just four minutes to put Macc ahead, Lewis Barker added the conversion to make it a seven-point lead. With The Blues dominant at set piece they looked make the most of it.
On 12 minutes Sandal gave into the pressure and The Blues scrum rolled over and Ryan Parkinson was hand to dot down, Barker once again with the conversion.
The Blues continued their dominance throughout the first half and began to play some fine running rugby despite the tough conditions.
The crowd was treated to a peach of a peach of a third try on the half hour mark when Macc broke clear and Matt O’Regan put Josh Fowles in for the winger to dive under the posts, and Barker once again added the two from the tee to ensure the Blues went in at the break 21-0 up.
Jones felt the way The Blues started the game was vital to the result
“We started fantastically, I couldn’t fault the boys for how we played from the off,” he said.
“We put them under pressure straight away and that’s what you’ve got to do when you come to places like this.”
After the break the hosts looked to get back into the game but simply couldn’t hand the Macclesfield attack when it got going.
This was the case on 48 minutes when Macc scored from a fine passing move including both backs and forwards with replacement full back Rhodri Mayor adding the finishing touches.
The hosts got off the mark on 57 minutes, putting in a big hit to force a loose ball in midfield, David Findlay picked up the bobbling ball and raced clear of the chasing pack to touch down.
The Blues wrapped the game up on 65 minutes when they made it a 24 point lead.
Last season’s leading scorer Matt King showed the form of the last term to chip in behind the defence, gather and finish to add icing to a fine Macclesfield performance.
15 Charlie Venables, 14 Matt King, 13 Matt O’Regan, 12 Tom Eaton, 11 Josh Fowles, 10 Lewis Barker, 9 Jordan Brookes 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Sam Moss, 3 Elliot Millar-Mills, 4 Tom Mantell, 5 Dave Marwick, 6 Mike Finnemore, 7 Max Smith, 8 Ryan Parkinson 16 Paul Millea, 17 Martin Kent, 18 Billy Robinson, 19 Franky Barker, 20 Rhodri Mayor
MAN OF THE MATCH:
●● Last season’s top scorer Matt King rounded off an impressive win at Sandal with the final try of the game