Ot­ley hold off a Blues fight­back

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - ■ By JOHN FINCH

A RE­STRUC­TURED Ot­ley turned on the power and pace to beat Mac­cles­field for a much­needed win with a per­for­mance they have promised but, of late, failed to pro­duce although they had to dig deep after let­ting slip a 15point lead.

They made an ag­gres­sive start, peg­ging back their vis­i­tors with fly-half Ben Smith eas­ing them ahead with a penalty on ten min­utes, adding a try when hooker Joe Gra­ham broke from a drive to cross, Smith con­vert­ing.

Look­ing ever stronger a turnover in their 22 saw the ball out to winger Nazir Karim who burst through. The pres­sure was main­tained but not the com­ple­tion, a ball dropped on the line and fi­nal passes go­ing awry and they were made to pay when, on 33 min­utes the vis­i­tors broke loose, ex­cel­lent han­dling tak­ing them to the Ot­ley line where prop Tom Man­tell crashed over. Cen­tre Lewis Barker con­verted and they were straight back, winger Myles Hall rac­ing in at the cor­ner.

The three-point half­time deficit was cleared within two min­utes, Barker touch­ing down but the lead was short­lived, Smith re­ply­ing with a 30-me­tre penalty.

Both sides had chances to win it, Ot­ley tak­ing theirs when Alex Beau­mont went over from a scrum.

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