For late win
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