Macc set to face ‘Go­liath’ Hart­pury

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Rugby Union head coach Giles Hea­gerty ad­mits that it will be David ver­sus Go­liath when his side travel to Hart­pury Col­lege this week.

The Blues will be big un­der­dogs in the game, hav­ing al­ready been rel­e­gated from Na­tional League One, while top of the ta­ble Hart­pury have looked un­stop­pable and are un­beaten hav­ing won all 27 of their games.

It will be an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult task for Mac­cles­field, but Hea­gerty has set his side some tar­gets for the match.

“Ev­ery­body knows the Hart­pury game is go­ing to be un­be­liev­ably tough, par­tic­u­larly with them aim­ing to go un­beaten all sea­son,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“They may yet go to­tally un­beaten with ev­ery side they put out this sea­son, from the Bucks team, their Women’s Bucks team and to their Na­tional One side. So, yes, it is go­ing to be tough, but never the less we’ve set our­selves some tar­gets.

“We’ve then got the fi­nal game against Esher at Pri­ory Park. That’s a nice way to end the sea­son in front of your home fans. The tar­get for that game is pretty ob­vi­ous given the cir­cum­stances, but we have to deal with Hart­pury first be­fore we start think­ing about Esher.”

While Macc may al­ready have been rel­e­gated, they put in a bril­liant per­for­mance last week­end to de­feat Black­heath 24-12 at home, much to the de­light of Hea­gerty.

“It felt great to win. The boys played re­ally well and got their just desserts. We’ve put in equally good per­for­mances over the course of the sea­son and come away with noth­ing, but for once we got what we de­served,” he said. “The boys de­serve an enor­mous amount of credit for what they achieved on Satur­day, and I am very proud of them.

I think we’ve been a lit­tle un­lucky at times in cer­tain games this sea­son, but we’ve also not been good enough in oth­ers. On Satur­day ev­ery­thing went for us.

“We started well and got in the game early and were able to kick on from there. In other games that didn’t always hap­pen. Is it frus­trat­ing? Well, yes, it is a lit­tle.

“I think if you re­flect on the course of the sea­son I think there were prob­a­bly four games that got away from us and were games we should’ve won but didn’t. That’s where the real frus­tra­tion lies. In the other games we prob­a­bly de­served to lose.”

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