Esher de­feat her­alds end of Blues era

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ONE

WITH Esher safe and Macc al­ready down, there was lit­tle at stake when the teams met at the week­end – though a num­ber of play­ers were play­ing their last games for the Blues and wanted to go out on a high.

Elliot Bri­er­ley and Tom Ea­ton were run­ning out for the last time as a new era will be­gin at the Cheshire club next sea­son.

The home side got off to the best pos­si­ble start with Parkin­son at the base of a scrum 10 mins in, but the sides pro­ceeded to trade blows from there.

A spell of scrum pens be­ing ex­changed, ad­mit­tedly of­ten con­tro­ver­sially for both teams with Man­tell of­ten be­ing tar­geted by Matt Tur­vey, in the macc 22 ended with a try by prop Furey.

Wa­ters (9) was run­ning the show for Esher and scored off a nice move from a scrum in the mid­dle of the park be­fore Macc ral­lied to hit back in the cor­ner from Myles Hall build­ing on a pos­i­tive at­tack spell and fin­ish­ing in bizarre cir­cum­stances as the Esher de­fender knocked the ball in to his Hall’s chest and into the in-goal area only for the exS­tock­port winger to pounce.

The away side led 19-12 at half time though as Wa­ters tapped quickly from a con­tentious scrum pen against Man­tell, and Beck­ett went over from half way. Our rule book may be out of date but a quick tap can­not be taken while bod­ies are still on the ground, can it?

The sec­ond half only saw one score in what was avery scrappy tit-for-tat af­fair, with both sides hav­ing strong spells in each oth­ers’ ’22 and Mac­cles­field will prob­a­bly feel they had the bet­ter of the chances, twice ap­peared to be rac­ing over the line with driv­ing mauls only for them to be scup­pered by the im­pres­sive Esher back row Cameron Gen­tles, legally or not but only ref­eree Matt Tur­vey will know what he did and did not see at the maul.

It was al­most the story of this sea­son for macc when their in­abil­ity to con­vert red zone op­por­tu­ni­ties led to a break and try for Esher though winger Beck­ett.

With Elliot Mil­larMills and Paul Mil­lea mov­ing on, and Mike Fin­nemore tak­ing a cou­ple of years out to move to Canada, and the fu­ture of the likes of Nyle David­son and Dave Mar­wick as yet un­estab­lished, there is work to be done on the Mac­cles­field squad over the sum­mer.

But with young­sters com­ing through like Joe Palmer, Sam Broster, Lewis Win­ter­bot­tom and Liam Parfitt, the fu­ture is bright and with a sprin­kling of in­vest­ment the Blues should be front run­ners in Na­tional 2 North next year.

With the new ground be­ing de­vel­oped there is plenty to look for­ward to.

Lo­max, Hall, Bri­er­ley, L. Barker, Broster, Ea­ton, All­sop and Man­tell, Moss, Mil­lar-Mills, Fin­nemore, Mar­wick, F. Barker, Parfitt, R. Parkin­son. Re­place­ments: Mil­lea, Robin­son, O. Parkin­son, Dr M. Smith, M. Smith

MAC­CLES­FIELD:

Lloyd, Beck­ett, Brown, Lang, Ibitoye, Boat­man, Wa­ters and Furey, O’Con­nell, Zeiss, Mar­riott, Ed­wards, Gen­tles, Goss­ing­ton, White. Re­place­ments: Hope, Leigh, Halau­fia, Wright, Gar­ner

ESHER:

478 Matt Tur­vey

AT­TEN­DANCE: REF­EREE:

El­liott Bri­er­ley

Tom Ea­ton

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