Opportunity slips away

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ONE

THIS was an­other case of Mac­cles­field iden­ti­fy­ing a fix­ture they could get some­thing from – but ul­ti­mately not tak­ing the opportunity.

In the early ex­changes both sides had plenty of phases but plenty of mis­takes which meant there was no score un­til the visi­tors went ahead through full back Fos­ter. Mac­cles­field wasted a cou­ple of chances be­fore con­ced­ing again, find­ing them­selves 12-0 down af­ter 27 min­utes, but hit back with Mar­wick go­ing over af­ter some good try line pres­sure.

How­ever, Al­ba­ni­ans had kept the pace of the game high and bro­ken a few times be­fore Fos­ter found the de­fen­sive line at sixes and sev­ens again to make it 17-5 at half time.

Any thoughts the Cheshire side had of an im­me­di­ate fight back were quashed in­stantly as Fos­ter found a gap straight from the restart. King picked over on 49 min­utes to give the home side hope and then Barker stood over a penalty opportunity at 24-12

The Blues ap­peared to be grow­ing into the game, but his kick hit the post and four min­utes later Tuilagi grabbed the first of two Al­ba­ni­ans tries within seven min­utes.

Mac­cles­field pushed for the try bonus point af­ter a lovely strike move on 73 min­utes put Broster over, but too of­ten their at­tacks were let down by han­dling er­rors – the story of their sea­son.

Two more tries from Al­ba­ni­ans against a clearly hurt Mac­cles­field team took the score to 50. It’s the must win of must win games for Macc against Io­ni­ans. If they come away from there with noth­ing to show for it, it’s pretty much lights out as far as survival is con­cerned.

Mor­ton, Broster, Bri­er­ley, Win­ter­bot­tom, King, L. Barker, Ea­ton and Man­tell, Moss, Robin­son, O. Parkin­son, Mar­wick, F. Barker, Palmer, Parkin­son (c). Re­place­ments: Mil­lea, Mil­lar-Mills, David­son, Palmer, Hall.

Mar­wick (31), King (49), Broster (73)

MACC: TRIES:

Barker x2

Fos­ter, Pritchard, Burgess, Be­droll, Dowsett, Palmer, Daly and King, Miles, Gar­side, Bickle, Len­non, Nay, Stevens (C), Tuilagi. Re­place­ments: Tay­lor, Bog­gis, Hughes, Glik­sten, Smith.

Fos­ter (20, 41, 69, 79), Daly (26), Be­droll (34), Tuilagi (57), Hughes (76)

CON­VER­SIONS: OLD AL­BA­NI­ANS: TRIES:

Palmer x5 296 Mick Har­ris 5-17

CON­VER­SIONS: AT­TEN­DANCE: REF­EREE: HALF-TIME:

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