Ch­ester bodes well in sur­vival bid

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

22 which came about af­ter a knock on from the restart, saw the Blue pack push Ch­ester off the ball and scrum half Sam Stel­maszek snapped up the loose ball be­fore dart­ing for the line - 21-10 at the break.

Macc ap­peared to have some­thing ex­tra at the scrum so early in the se­cond half it was no sur­prise this set up a scor­ing chance, as the for­wards pushed a scrum for­ward the back made a break for Sam Broster who was pulled down just short, un­for­tu­nately no one could con­vert the chance and how Mac­cles­field would rue not punch­ing back in at that point.

For­mer Eng­land man, Fo­den was in­tro­duced and made an in­stant im­pact, his kick re­turn short­ened up the de­fen­sive line cre­at­ing an over­lap, Ch­ester put it through the hands and scored in the cor­ner through Ross on 48 min­utes (28-5). Ch­ester scored again min­utes later, Croft get­ting his se­cond and from a close pick again, open­ing a spell for Ch­ester in which they scored 2 tries in 2 min­utes with the Fo­den broth­ers comb­ing to ex­tend the lead from the restart, 38-5.

Mac­cles­field man­aged to stop the rot with an at­tack of their own, go­ing close af­ter oc­cu­py­ing the Ch­ester 22 for 5+ min­utes but lost the ball in their own scrum 5m out.

The home side were now full of con­fi­dence and moved the ball to width well, putting King in in the cor­ner to cap off the win.

Macc could still get a bonus point and scored one of the tries of the game through Myles Hall on 74 min­utes af­ter good work from Mor­ton and Broster had teed him up for a qual­ity fin­ish.

The men in blue won a penalty in mid­field from the restart and spent the rest of the game win­ning penal­ties and putting to the cor­ner to try and maul over for the bonus point which even­tu­ally came from Sam Broster af­ter great work by the for­wards. A bonus point for Mac­cles­field against the team in se­cond in the ta­ble, in a tough run of games that has seen them play the top three and play fourth af­ter the fes­tive pe­riod – a very de­cent ef­fort.

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