Fowles’ tre­ble seals the deal

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MAC­CLES­FIELD were crowned Na­tional Two North Cham­pi­ons at the week­end thanks to a bonus point win over Ch­ester.

The Blues went into the game need­ing only a point to se­cure the ti­tle, but picked up five in fine style partly thanks to a fine Josh Fowles hat-trick.

Some early nerves from Macc saw them a try down af­ter five min­utes, a fine score too. Will Bown run­ning a fine line to re­ceive the off­load and dive over, Rhys Hayes added the ex­tras, 0-7.

It took Mac­cles­field nearly 20 min­utes to set­tle down, and once they did, the hosts looked com­fort­able. A fine backs move was fin­ished by winger Josh Fowles, and Lewis Barker added the con­ver­sion.

The Blues dou­bled their lead on the half hour mark. Some fine hands from the backs saw Char­lie Ven­ables in space and the young full­back fin­ished well, Barker again adding the two points and the fi­nal ac­tion of the first half, 14-7.

The hosts fired out of the blocks in the sec­ond half and had their vis­i­tors un­der the pump. A dom­i­nant set piece through­out the game fi­nally paid off on 47 min­utes when Ryan Parkin­son was the ben­e­fi­ciary to dot down from the back of a rolling maul, Barker again fault­less from the tee.

On 55 min­utes, the cru­cial try came. Josh Fowles grabbed his brace to se­cure the bonus point and the ti­tle for Mac­cles­field, 26-7.

The Blues loos­ened up af­ter their ti­tle clinch­ing score and re­ally started to pick their op­po­nents apart. Try scorer Bown was sent to the sin bin on 68 min­utes.

Macc took im­me­di­ate ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man and the sen­sa­tional scrum­mage forced Ch­ester first back­wards, and then into a foul, as the ref­eree went un­der the posts to award a penalty try, 33-7.

On 76 min­utes, Fowles com­pleted his hat-trick, a fine in­di­vid­ual score as he blitzed through Ch­ester’s de­fence and un­der the posts, Barker con­verted and the cel­e­bra­tions be­gan.

Ch­ester had the fi­nal say how­ever, a Lukas Owen-Ziegen­balg barged over from close range. It did not mat­ter though and scenes of ju­bi­la­tion broke out at the fi­nal whis­tle, a sense of re­lief could be felt that the re­cov­ery pe­riod from last sea­son was now com­plete. The Blues were pre­sented with the tro­phy af­ter the game.

15 Ven­ables 14 Fowles 13 Bri­er­ley 12 Ea­ton 11 Mayor (King 64) 10 L Barker 9 Brookes 1 Man­tell (Gadd 51) 2 Moss (Mil­lea 58) 3 Mil­lar-Mills (Robin­son 64) 4 Lewis 5 Mar­wick 6 F Barker (Berry 69) 7 Smith 8 Parkin­son

Fowles 19 55 77, Ven­ables 31, Parkin­son 47, PENALTY TRY 71 L Barker 19, 31, 47, 71, 77 Jack Le­wars

411 Josh Fowles


Rob Hock­ney

●● Mike Fin­nemore en­joys a cel­e­bra­tory sip

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