Streetwise foes beat the Blues
NATIONAL LEAGUE 1 PLYMOUTH..................... 33 MACCLESFIELD ............ 10
MACCLESFIELD RUFC came up short once again after they suffered defeat against Plymouth Albion at Brickfields.
The hosts turned out to be too strong for Macc, overcoming the visitors and condemning them to a loss.
Macclesfield head coach Giles Heagerty admits there were some disappointments from the game, but felt that the better side won.
“I think there was definitely a degree of frustra- tion there certainly, but these things happen,” he said.
“You just have to accept that Plymouth were a very well-organised side and were pretty streetwise on the day.
“Yes, they did get some yellow cards in the first half, and we weren’t able to convert a couple of chances that came our way, but you have to remember that two years ago Plymouth were playing in the Championship, so they know how to deal with pressurised situations. Their experience definitely showed on Saturday.
“I’d put the defeat down to unforced errors unfortunately. We turned the ball over a little too easily at times in an attempt to force the play.
“I know they did it for the right reasons, but unfortunately their skills didn’t come up to scratch. It’s a little bit disappointing, but at the same time you have to give the players credit for sticking in there and trying to get the job done.
“I think forcing the play was more of a reaction to the situation we find ourselves in in general, and also the particular position we found ourselves in on Saturday.
“As I said previously, Plymouth are a very good, well-organised side, so they don’t give the oppo- sition many opportunities. When we did get them I think we were maybe guilty of snatching at them.”
Plymouth were quick out of the blocks in the match and they got the first try of the match when Matt Crosscrombe touched down, with Kieran Hallett adding the conversion.
Macclesfield managed to hit back though as David Marwick went over to reduce the deficit, but they couldn’t add the conversion.
That try appeared to give Macc confidence and they soon enjoyed a spell of possession, but they couldn’t take advantage and Plymouth managed to catch them on the break.
Robin Wedlake went under the posts to get their second try of the afternoon, with the conversion added.
Plymouth started to dominate and they added to their tally when Tom Cowan-Dickie got another try, making it 21-5 at the interval.
The Blues did manage to score a further try at the start of the second half when Samuel Moss touched down, but Plymouth ensured they had the final say when two more tries were added in the closing stages to pick up the 33-10 victory against Macclesfield.