Blues de­nied no­table vic­tory

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ONE

MAC­CLES­FIELD were de­nied a mem­o­rable win against sec­ond placed Birm­ing­ham Moseley win due to a penalty try at the death.

The game started off as a scrappy af­fair. The open­ing stanza con­sisted of scrums and li­ne­outs, mean­ing that nei­ther side was able to carve out a foothold to play some at­tack­ing rugby. The first op­por­tu­nity came from the vis­i­tors, driv­ing a maul dan­ger­ously close to Macc’s try line, how­ever the Blues were able to shunt them into touch.

The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken on the 15th minute as James Wil­liams slot­ted a penalty from in­side the 22. Macc re­sponded in the 17th minute.

El­liot Bri­er­ley cross­ing over in the cor­ner af­ter some slick hands, espe­cially from Tom Man­tell. Moseley could have had a try of their own, how­ever some stout Macc de­fend- ing even­tu­ally won the hosts a penalty, al­low­ing Macc to clear.

The Blues were then re­quired to go on the de­fen­sive one again, and again they held firm, caus­ing the turnover, this time through a knock on.

With 25 min­utes gone the game still re­tained its scrappy na­ture, with The Blues frus­trat­ing Birm­ing­ham at ev­ery turn. As the half went on Macc started to see more of the ball, this was re­warded when Myles Hall crossed af­ter hit­ting a great line with 10 to go in the half.

Mac­cles­field’s de­fence held firm, con­tin­u­ally win­ning penal­ties, caus­ing slow ball and turnovers. Mean­ing that the half ended 12-3 to the Blues.

Macc started the brighter of the two teams af­ter the break, again frus­trat­ing Birm­ing­ham at ev­ery turn. The kick­ing game from Macc prov­ing to be key in pin­ning back and hold­ing Moseley in front of a hos­tile crowd at Pri­ory Park. How­ever the Blues were re­quired to per­form some more goal line hero­ics 10 min­utes into the half, even­tu­ally forc­ing the knock on.

Like the first half the game was very scrappy with the for­wards of both teams dom­i­nat­ing the play.

The vis­i­tors were camped on Macc’s fiveme­ter line for a good five min­utes, how­ever, once again The Blues steel and per­sis­tence paid off as they won the penalty, al­low­ing them to clear.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing Josh Red­fern was sent to the sin bin.

The vis­i­tors cap­i­talised, scor­ing un­der the posts with 10 to go. Macc were awarded a penalty with seven min­utes to go, which Mor­ton dis­patched to widen the mar­gin to five points. With one minute to go Josh Red­fern was sent off as Birm­ing­ham elected to scrum the fol­low­ing penalty.

The ref­eree awarded a penalty try as Birm­ing­ham snatched the win in the fi­nal sec­ond.

Andy Lam­bert

Myles Hall scored a fine try just be­fore the interval

Os­car Ran­som from the cur­rent Un­der 7’s with 1st XV Cap­tain Ryan Parkin­son. Os­car was the mas­cot for the match against Birm­ing­ham Mosely Park on Satur­day

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