Glimpses of what Blues are ca­pa­ble of

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE

Karl Bra­band over the try line to se­cure the bonus point.

Macc were strug­gling to make much hap­pen in at­tack by this point and Ampthill were pow­er­ing over the gain­line with in­creas­ing fre­quency but at times they re­ally didn’t need to as the in­creas­ing penalty al­lowed the boys in bur­gundy and yel­low to stay in the vis­i­tor’s half.

The ref­eree had his work cut out in this game, as at times it was fairly bad tem­pered, Thomas Davis hand­ing out mul­ti­ple warn­ings for back chat from both sides and break­ing up numer­ous scuf­fles after the whis­tle.

Even­tu­ally, the penalty count pegged Macc back in their own ’22 a cou­ple of times too many with lock, and for­mer Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional, He­hea go­ing over twice from set piece plat­forms.

So, game over? Done and dusted? Well, maybe as far as Ampthill were con­cerned but it was at this point some­thing in­ter­est­ing oc­curred.

The Blues had lost scrum half Nick All­sop to a sus­pected bro­ken wrist in the first half and num­ber 10 Tom Ea­ton had filled his All­sop’s po­si­tion and full back Barker, who is re­turn­ing from long term in­jury hav­ing been highly im­pres­sive in last year’s National 2 ti­tle win­ning sea­son , slot­ted in at fly half.

He hadn’t had much ball to work with since the break but what Mac­cles­field pro­duced in those last 10 min­utes can­not be de­scribed as any­thing other than swash­buck­ling rugby.

The pace, in­ten­sity and fre­quency of ball move­ment had not been this high at any point this sea­son, since the home win against Fylde in week 2, and Barker was at the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing.

Play­ing from ev­ery­where, the boys in blue, or black and grey as is the Pri­ory Park Club’s away kit, were fin­ish­ing strong and re­place­ment hooker Paul Mil­lea’s 74th line break lead to Lewis Win­ter­bot­tom scor­ing in the cor­ner.

If Macc can repli­cate the first five and last 15 min­utes of this game, their may just be light at the end of the tun­nel, the sober­ing thought will be the fact no points were col­lected again.

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