Blues extend lead at summit
MACCLESFIELD’S win on Saturday moved them 18 points clear at the summit of National Two North.
The bonus point win saw them pile on pressure on the chasing pack who now know, it will take something spectacular for Macclesfield not to win the league.
Assistant coach Chris Jones was pleased with how The Blues performed.
“I’m delighted with that performance, we’ve spoke all week about wanting the five points, but we spoke about the dangers of chasing it too hard as well,” he said. “We managed ourselves well. The way we started today was key. We also carried hard and managed the breakdown well, it gave us front foot ball all the time and Preston couldn’t live with it.”
The Hoppers showed signs of a late fightback when they ran in two tries in two minutes, and looked to have Macc on the ropes but The Blues weathered the storm and scored two of their own to kill the game off, something Jones was particularly proud of.
“Preston are a proud side and they don’t roll over for anybody, especially not Macclesfield.
“They bought it back to 16-24 and one more try for them would have really gave them momentum going into the final 15 minutes. I’m very proud of the way the boys fronted up and scored the two tries in response.”
Macc welcomed back last season’s top scorer Matt King into the side, and Charlie Venables who returned from injury, two players who Jones was impressed by.
“Matt is a confidence player, to get his try today and to perform the way he did will do him no end of good, he’s a quality player.
“It’s great to have Charlie back in, he’s a fantastic counter attacking player, he gives us a lot of options.
“It’s unfortunate that we lost Matt O’Regan to injury but hopefully we’ll have him back involved soon.”
The Blues are once again away from home next weekend, as they travel to fourth placed Leicester Lions, a game which Jones knows will be another tough encounter.
“We must continue to take each game on a week by week basis, we’ve got tough games coming up, we’ve still got to face Stourbridge and Sedgely Park. But our focus is solely on Saturday.
“Leicester Lions are a good, proud side, they’re a good side at home.
“There are no easy games in this league, we’ll have to go and work very hard in order to come away with a win.”
●● Matt King returned with a try
●● King’s first team lifted the county sevens crown when they beat St Ambrose College