Blues tir­ing of ‘gal­lant losers’ tag

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1 BLUES .......................... 24 CAM­BRIDGE .............. 36

MAC­CLES­FIELD must be sick of the valiant loser tag, but as has been the case too often this sea­son, that phrase ap­plied again.

Af­ter early ex­changes in mid­field, the Cheshire side found them­selves in the Cam­bridge ’22 and off a scrum Mar­wick latched on to an off­load to score in the cor­ner in the 11th minute.

The home side had their tails up, and Mar­wick scored his sec­ond from a maul, putting the Blues 12-0 up af­ter 18 min­utes.

Un­for­tu­nately, a se­ries of de­fen­sive penal­ties al­lowed Cam­bridge up the park, and with their first visit to the Macc ’22, Cam­bridge man­aged to maul put cap­tain Lieben­berg over to score in the cor­ner on 24 min­utes. Within a minute the Cheshire side con­ceded again with num­ber 8 Nut­ley went over to take the lead.

Mac­cles­field heads could have dropped but they punched back al­most im­me­di­ately, when a strike move from their own half put winger Win­ter­bot­tom over in the cor­ner.

But the half would end even as the Cam­bridge for­wards nar­rowed the macc de­fence and winger Petrides scored eas­ily.

The home side came out strong in the sec­ond half strong, with fly half Barker putting his troops in space fre­quently.

An early op­por­tu­nity to maul for the line was thwarted by the Cam­bridge for­wards and they took ad­van­tage with 3 points just shy of the hour.

Macc moved ahead with a bonus point try from young flanker Joe Palmer hav­ing ex­ited their half with an­other great move but from then on in, Mac­cles­field were los­ing the ter­ri­tory bat­tle and sur­vived nu­mer­ous Cam­bridge vis­its to their ’22, at times gift­ing chances to Cam­bridge through penal­ties and er­rors, with Lieben­berg prof­it­ing from his for­ward work again, on 69 min­utes and Portsmouth scor­ing af­ter steal­ing a Mac­cles­field li­ne­out 22m out.

Mac­cles­field played some ex­cel­lent play to space, quick tempo rugby, but ul­ti­mately have lost to a side who win away for the first time this sea­son, who had the edge at the set piece when it truly mat­tered.

Mac­cles­field U11s Tom Bri­er­ley, mas­cot for the day, along­side cap­tain Ryan Parkin­son

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