Blues pulling clear at the top

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - NA­TIONAL TWO NORTH

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

Jor­dan Brookes



Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Last sea­son’s top scorer Matt King rounded off an im­pres­sive win at Sandal with the fi­nal try of the game

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