Blues must keep sense of per­spec­tive

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

RUGHBY UNION SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD RUFC head coach Giles Hea­gerty be­lieves his club needs to keep things in per­spec­tive de­spite their rel­e­ga­tion from the Na­tional League One.

It has been a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign for the Blues, end­ing with them fin­ish­ing bot­tom of the table.

While that may be the case, Hea­gerty thinks that there are some pos­i­tives to take from the past 12 months.

“What I’ll take from this sea­son is that what­ever hap­pens in this game you need to keep a sense of per­spec­tive,” he said.

“Two rel­e­ga­tions in three years would sug­gest that there’s a de­gree of in­sta­bil­ity here and that we’re a yoyo club, but when you look at the rugby we’ve played most of this sea­son, you have to ac­cept that we’ve per­formed at a high level and played some re­ally good stuff.

“We’ve scored some amaz­ing tries and dug in deep when all the odds were stacked against us.”

Hea­gerty also be­lieves that ge­og­ra­phy and fi­nances needs to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when as­sess­ing Mac­cles­field’s sea­son.

“I saw an in­ter­est­ing stat which said that now pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion mat­ters are set­tled, next sea­son half of Na­tional League 1 will be Lon­don and south-east-based. There’ll only be four teams from the north, and that is quite star­tling,” he said.

“When you con­sider the play­ing power and buy­ing power of the ma­jor­ity of the clubs in Na­tional 1, I think we’ve done re­mark­ably well to have done what we’ve done, given what we had to work with.

“In fact, I’d go fur­ther and say in the con­text of those stats, and the fact that we’ve only spent £100K on the squad this sea­son, we’ve done re­ally well this year.

“Ob­vi­ously I’m in no way try­ing to jus­tify rel­e­ga­tion, but ask­ing sup­port­ers to con­sider the over­all re­sults this sea­son in con­text and with per­spec­tive.”

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