Blues end long wait for win­ning feel

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1 BLUES .......................... 42 LOUGH­BOR­OUGH ..... 38

MAC­CLES­FIELD match re­ports have been pretty much tinged with neg­a­tiv­ity since Christ­mas but the tide turned at the week­end when they en­joyed a thrilling win.

Mac­cles­field opened the scor­ing to a tense first half, which saw Mac­cles­field largely pegged back in their own half despite be­ing ahead on the pen count, the scum half dart­ing through a gap off the back of the im­pres­sive Mac­cles­field maul.

But Lough­bor­ough took ad­van­tage of their su­pe­rior ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion to push Berry over be­fore scor­ing again when cen­tre Elliot Bir­erley’s pop pass was in­ter­cepted just out­side the home side’s ’22 and im­pres­sive winger Olowofela ran un­der the posts.

The Cheshire side knew they had a chance to win to­day with a slightly ro­tated Lough­bor­ough side mak­ing the trip to Pri­ory Park, and en­joyed some ter­ri­tory to­wards the end of the first half.

Myles Hall thought he had lev­elled it up with his chip and chase but King was judged to have taken a man out off the ball.

Then the mer­cu­rial as ever Lewis Barker cre­ated a try for Fin­nemore and con­verted to level the scores, but on the stroke of half time the ball popped out the side of Macc scrum on the Lough­bor­ough 22, and the pacer 9 Moater latched on to the re­sult­ing off­load to score, mak­ing it 14-19 at half time.

The sec­ond half be­gan brightly for the Blues, hav­ing made 4 changes, with Sam Moss com­ing on to score af­ter a great break by David­son then Lewis Barker.

The men in pur­ple re­sponded with a maul over try but Mac­cles­field knew this was their day, and be­gan to turn the screw, with Lewis Barker him­self the scorer this time af­ter a pos­i­tive carry by cap­tain Ryan Parkin­son off the back of a line out put him through a gap and then the home side must have thought they had sealed the win with an­other score, Parkin­son him­self be­ing pushed over from the maul.

But the stu­dent side hadn’t read the script, they fought back from 35-24 down on 63 min­utes to be lead­ing again with five min­utes to play, Kerr and Olowofela go­ing over af­ter ill dis­ci­pline from Mac­cles­field let them march up the pitch.

Ul­ti­mately, the Macc crowd were the 16th men, and weren’t go­ing to ac­cept an­other de­feat, with qual­ity de­fend­ing by Mac­cles­field, despite trail­ing by three with four to play, earn­ing them a penalty put into the cor­ner and al­most every­man in the maul, Tom Ea­ton found him­self at the bot­tom of the pile to score the win­ning try on the stroke of full time.

The be­gin­ning of the come­back? Un­likely, but a great day for Mac­cles­field and their fans.

Matt Rat­cliffe

Ryan Parkin­son

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