Macc stave off late push from Pre­ston

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MAC­CLES­FIELD made it six wins from six on Satur­day when they trav­elled to Pre­ston Grasshop­pers and ran in six tries in a 16-38 win.

The Blues went be­hind early on, with the hosts’ kicker Lewis Allen get­ting them off the mark with three points from the kick­ing tee.

It didn’t take long for Macc to get go­ing though, they piled the pres­sure on and the Hop­pers de­fence soon gave way and Har­ri­son Lewis pow­ered over.

Ten min­utes later, Mac­cles­field ex­tended their lead. They won a free kick at the li­ne­out, and Jor­dan Brookes showed quick think­ing to take it on his own and stride in un­der the posts, Lewis Barker added the con­ver­sion to make it 3-12.

The Blues made it two tries in as many min­utes when out­side cen­tre El­liot Bri­er­ley pounced on a loose ball in mid­field and dived over the whitewash, 3-19.

On 27 min­utes, Allen again added three points from the boot, to keep the Hop­pers score­board tick­ing

On the stroke of half time, The Blues’ lead­ing scorer Ryan Parkin­son got his cus­tom­ary try, and se­cured Mac­cles­field’s bonus point.

Good set piece play from Macc re­sulted in Parkin­son smash­ing his way over from close range, 6-24 half time.

Both sides were slow out of the blocks in the se­cond pe­riod, and it took 20 min­utes for the first score.

It went to the home side as strong set piece led to them bundling over The Blues’ line.

Pre­ston made it two in two min­utes and had their tails up as they searched for at least a los­ing bonus points with Mac­cles­field against the ropes. Pre­ston worked it wide and tight­head prop Pete Altham dived over, 16-24.

The Blues weath­ered the Pre­ston storm and put the game to bed with two tries in the fi­nal ten min­utes.

The first came from sub­sti­tute Greg New­ton who some­how found a gap out wide to dive and fin­ish in the cor­ner, Lewis Barker added the tough con­ver­sion.

The best try of the af­ter­noon was saved for last, Mac­cles­field run­ning the ball from deep and mov­ing it wide to winger Matt King who chipped in be­hind the de­fence, col­lected, and fin­ished, Barker again with the ex­tra two to make the fi­nal score 16-38.

BLUES:

1 Tom Man­tell, 2 PJ Millea, 3 El­liot Mil­lar-Mills, 4 Dave Mar­wick, 5 Har­ri­son Lewis, 6 Mike Finnemore, 7 Max Smith, 8 Ryan Parkin­son, 9 Jor­dan Brookes, 10 Lewis Barker, 11 Matt King, 12 Tom Ea­ton, 13 El­liot Bri­er­ley, 14 Josh Fowles, 15 Char­lie Ven­ables, 16 Sam Moss, 17 Martin Kent, 18 Franky Barker, 19 Joe Palmer, 20 Greg New­ton

●● Lewis Barker was on kick­ing du­ties for the Blues against Pre­ston at the week­end

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