Macc out of luck again in grudge game

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1

cost the Cheshire side nu­mer­ous wins this sea­son and this game was no ex­cep­tion.

De­spite a man dis­ad­van­tage, Io­ni­ans pulled away, af­ter the pacey winger Smith had turned de­fence into at­tack by rac­ing from one 22 to the other and forced a penalty out of the scram­bling de­fence, the home side drove a line-out over for a try for Ali Thom­son, to ex­tend the lead to 19-7 af­ter 47 min­utes.

Even though Mac­cles­field were dom­i­nat­ing scrum time they couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize and con­ceded the bonus point try came as the game ap­proached the fi­nal quar­ter.

The un­re­lent­ing Joe Al­lott broke through the first line of a flag­ging de­fence, ran on for 40 yards be­fore un­selfishly pass­ing in­side to Smith to fin­ish un­der the posts.

Sam Wil­son made the game safe with Io­ni­ans fifth try on the hour, when he was on hand to fin­ish off a move in­sti­gated by some in­creas­ingly fluid play from the home back line, Lewis Minikin mak­ing a nifty break that put the home side in a good at­tack­ing po­si­tion mak­ing it 31-7 with 18 min­utes left to play.

Matt King com­bined with Ea­ton again five min­utes later, the former un­der­neath the lat­ter’s chip over the Io­ni­ans de­fence from five me­tres out and lit­er­ally fall­ing over the line to fin­ish, to keep the vis­i­tors faint hopes alive.

But those hopes were snuffed out as Io­ni­ans were grow­ing in con­fi­dence and hit back with two late tries; Smith was de­nied a third try when he was il­le­gally im­peded in a race to the line af­ter a chip and chase kick with only Matt King at home for Mac­cles­field but Io­ni­ans were awarded a penalty try and the former pro­fes­sional, Eg­gle­shaw then bagged a sec­ond, like his first, from close range.

Fran­cis Barker scored for Mac­cles­field, fol­low­ing up on a break by fel­low back-rower Nyle Davidson, on 75 min­utes but this served as lit­tle more than a con­so­la­tion, though no more than their ef­fort de­served. As has been the case all sea­son the lads gave ev­ery­thing but un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t enough.

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