For late win

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

the loose ball to go over in the cor­ner.

De­spite an in­jury scare for fly half Barker, the blues added a third try in the fi­nal stages of the first half. Sam Moss punch­ing through the re­silient Ot­ley de­fence.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued with Macc hold­ing most of the pos­ses­sion but small er­rors in the op­po­si­tions 22 meant they failed to make them pay.

El­liot Mil­lar-Mills se­cured the bonus point with a try on the 48th minute. Quick work at the break­down by Jor­dan Brookes opened space be­fore Mil­lar-Mills even­tu­ally got the ball down.

Ot­ley started to en­joy their share of the pos­ses­sion and Ryan Parkin­son was sent to the sin bin af­ter 52 min­utes. From the re­sult­ing penalty, Ot­ley scored their sec­ond of the match and with the con­ver­sion brought the scores to 22-10 in Macc’s favour.

The York­shire side made their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count fur­ther stretch­ing the Blues de­fence to score a third and move to within three points. Ot­ley had the mo­men­tum and took the lead for the first time, with a fine try from out­side cen­tre, Jack Mackie which meant The Blues trailed by four.

With just mo­ments left, the Blues were get­ting closer to the line adding to a tense fin­ish. Fi­nally, af­ter phase upon phase of crash ball from the for­wards the ball moved wide and Mayor got over to snatch vic­tory from Ot­ley.

Mac­cles­field have found them­selves on top of the pile for much of the sea­son, but Hea­gerty in­sists there are still targets he wants his side to meet.

“We had a six-game tar­get and within that we had a three game tar­get. That was three away games, let’s get three wins and see where we are.

“Now we have an­other three big games com­ing up start­ing with Hud­der­s­field at home next week.”

With yet an­other rest week be­ing taken away from the squad, the Blues head coach ex­pressed his de­light at the ef­fort of his play­ers.

“This is a very ded­i­cated group of men. They’ve worked in­cred­i­bly hard and they keep get­ting pushed, their con­di­tion­ing is good. We have worked re­ally hard on get­ting them in the right shape and hope­fully, that will come good to­wards the back end of the sea­son.”

Af­ter some dif­fi­cult matches on the road, The Blues re­turn to Priory Park next week look­ing to ex­tend their ex­cel­lent run.

Hea­gerty be­lieves it is a com­fort for ev­ery­one to get back onto home turf.

“Af­ter the game, we said ‘look we are go­ing back home now’ and you could just see the relief from ev­ery­one. It’s just that bit of a com­fort blan­ket but we can’t be com­pla­cent and just ex­pect that it is go­ing to hap­pen.”

●● El­liot Mil­lar-Mills se­cured the bonus point

●● Mac­cles­field Golf Club’s Past Cap­tains

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