Up­lift­ing vic­tory


Mac­cles­field 33 Hinck­ley 21- Ben Jaycock

MAC­CLES­FIELD ............ 33 HINCK­LEY ...................... 21

MAR­SHALL Gadd’s Mac­cles­field se­cured a huge bonus-point 33-21 win over Hinck­ley to move off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and take a ma­jor step to­wards safety.

Hinck­ley are still with­out a win away since Septem­ber as their poor record away from home con­tin­ues.

Hinck­ley started the bet­ter of the two sides as they dom­i­nated both pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory, play­ing much of the game’s open­ing 10 min­utes in Macc’s 22.

De­spite re­silient de­fend­ing by Macc, their de­fen­sive line was even­tu­ally bro­ken as Hinck­ley full-back Joseph Wilson broke through the mid­dle to get the game’s first try. Wilson then con­verted his own try to give his side an early 7-0 lead.

But Macc re­sponded well and got into the game with some of their own ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion.

Then Macc looked des­tined to score in the cor­ner, af­ter great hands by the back­line cre­ated space for a try but un­for­tu­nately the ball was dropped just be­fore the line.

Even­tu­ally, Macc’s pres­sure was re­warded as they scored a try through Sam Parry. Bril­liant back­line and link up play by Tom Mor­ton and Jor­dan Davies al­lowed Parry space in the cor­ner to score. Mor­ton missed the dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion.

Soon af­ter, Macc were ahead as Sam Broster made a great break and he off­loaded it to Parry who then got his sec­ond of the day with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish. This time Mor­ton scored the con­ver­sion.

How­ever, the lead didn’t last long and just a cou­ple min­utes later Hinck­ley were back in front.

Hinck­ley won a penalty on halfway and kicked to the cor­ner for a li­ne­out deep in Macc’s 22. The li­ne­out was mauled, and Hinck­ley’s pack over­pow­ered Macc’s to get over the line and Gareth Turner scored.

Wilson then con­verted the try to give the away side a two-point lead.

But it was Macc who went into the half time break lead­ing af­ter Harry Black­well scored af­ter another great back­line move. Mor­ton then con­verted the try.

Macc started the sec­ond half as they ended the first as they dom­i­nated the game and added to their lead through two quick­fire penal­ties from skip­per Mor­ton.

Star man Josh Red­fern then got on the score­sheet as he charged down and blocked a kick and he was quick­est to re­act to the loose ball and out­paced ev­ery­one to score in the cor­ner, Mor­ton then just missed the dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion.

Mor­ton then scored another penalty to put Macc out of sight.

Hinck­ley then scored a late con­so­la­tion penalty try for wheel­ing the scrum but nev­er­the­less Macc were com­fort­able win­ners.

Head coach Mar­shall Gadd said: ‘ We did the ba­sics re­ally well, we won the col­li­sions and we stayed on the front foot and that al­lowed us to play.

‘All credit to the boys, we learnt from last weeks mis­takes and we fronted up sec­ond half and we grounded out a de­cent win.

‘It was a com­plete per­for­mance 1 to 20, the boys who came off the bench made an im­pact and matched the in­ten­sity on the pitch.’

Speak­ing about next week’s game away at Hull Lo­ni­ans, Gadd said: ‘Any team is beat­able on their day. The mo­men­tum is with us and we just need to repli­cate this per­for­mance away at Hull next week.’

Rob Hock­ney

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