No re­peat of Arena joy for Mac­cles­field

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1

in the game at half time, look­ing to have the first say af­ter half time, but un­for­tu­nately the op­po­site was the case.

Dar­ling­ton came out fir­ing, with two quick fire tries straight af­ter the break, firstly from a turnover in their own ’22 and a wide break, the pacey Rad­wan again the scorer, and then a punch in the stom­ach for Mac­cles­field when Tom Ea­ton’s wide pass was in­ter­cepted and in the next phase, Si­mon Uzokwe, whose work ethic and power must ri­val Rad­wan’s sear­ing pace for man of the match, broke through to score un­der the posts.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, the op­po­si­tion tak­ing ad­van­tage of Macc mis­takes to score is also a trend of this sea­son.

Much of the re­main­der of the match was played be­tween the ‘22’s, with the pos­i­tives for Mac­cles­field be­ing that they dom­i­nated the scrum, winning five penal­ties in this sce­nario in the day and steal­ing an­other and there was even a glim­mer of hope when Dave Mar­wick popped the ball to Nick All­sop to score from a me­tre out with 65 min­utes on the clock, but Dar­ling­ton’s pace, power and bet­ter ac­cu­racy in at­tack put paid to any thoughts of a fight­back with three tries in the last fiften min­utes.

Firstly an op­por­tunis­tic kick and chase from a Mac­cles­field han­dling er­ror suc­cess­fully chased down by out­side cen­tre Ben Fran­k­land, then a great first phase carry by Uzokwe gave the home team enough go for­ward and space to let Rad­wan sneak in the cor­ner for his ha­trick, be­fore that man Uzokwe again, car­ried and off­loaded for Cal­lum Macken­zie to score un­der the posts round­ing off a re­sound­ing win.

Dar­ling­ton just had too much power and pace for Mac­cles­field to­day, de­spite los­ing the scrum and maul bat­tles.

Macc wel­come the youth­ful Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents to Pri­ory Park next week, af­ter two dis­ap­point­ing away trips on the bounce.

They will have to deal with pacy backs a lot bet­ter in or­der to take any­thing fro the game but if the fore­cast is any­thing to go by the pitch may see to that.

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