The ‘Macclesfield Express’, going well after three games, came to an unscheduled halt at the buffers of Crow Trees on Saturday when Blaydon ran out worthy winners with a five try display and it was only at the death when the Blues scored a brace of tries to ensure that the important ‘bonus’ point was achieved. We all remember last season the importance of gaining these additional points for scoring four or more tries or remaining within seven points of the opposition in defeat. Hopefully this season will be the same but with more winning bonus points!!
Last season’s form side, Barking, pay us another visit on Saturday and so far they have not reached the high standards they set themselves last time out and hopefully another ‘W’ will be forthcoming after the first pre match dinner of the season. See ‘Preview’.
Results in the SSE sponsored National One last weekend saw Fylde and Ealing remain as the only unbeaten sides in the league with Fylde now on top with a full house of four bonus point victories after beating Stourbridge 40-17 at Stourton Park. Ealing had an excellent victory at Jersey by 26-15 and became the first side to win on the island since March 2009 whilst we dropped to third in the table. Birmingham/Solihull had a good but close 21-20 victory at Wharfedale as did Coventry by 18-12 at Sedgley Park. Blackheath piled the woes on Cinderford (21-18) and Cambridghe won a high scoring encounter by 36-32 against visiting Rosslyn Park while Barking just lost out 29-22 at home to Tynedale making it a good weekend for the North East!!
One thing that our coaching team will be concerned about is the ‘points against’ column which presently stands, after four games, at 104 and whilst this compares favourably with the 122 at the same stage last season only five teams so far have a worse ‘points against’ record. However on the credit side the Blues have so far scored142 compared with 105 last season and only Fylde with 144 have a better record.
Around the club on Saturday there was a welcome victory for the Lions who beat Chester 13-8 in a close game to avenge their Cheshire Cup reverse but the Thirds went down heavily 43-10 at Kendal. The Fourths kept up their high scoring with a thumping 91-7 victory over Bowdon – a club where I spent ten very happy seasons back in the sixties.
The weekend was full of Rugby with England playing their second game on Sunday morning at an unearthly early hour and whilst they eventually won well after the stuttering performance against Argentina there is still plenty to be done but, as they say in the trade, a win is a win no matter how it is gained and we are on course for the next stages of the competition. As an aside it was nice to see our ex RL players scoring four of the tries between them on Sunday morning to perhaps silence in part those doubters who are always on the prowl.
England apart though this was Ireland’s weekend with a powerful pack performance which saw off Australia and shut up one or two ‘down under’ who doubt the pedigree of our Islands when it comes to Rugby!!
Much rugby to be played though and still early days but isn’t it nice to see it all on terrestrial TV.
A note for your diaries as the club’s Financial AGM will take place at Priory Park on Tuesday 27 September at 7.30.pm. so, if you have an interest in how the club is doing and why you are paying it then come along and listen/question. It is your club after all.
Games this weekend:
1st v. Barking – SSE National One – Home – 3.pm.
2nd v. Vale of Lune – League – Away
3rd v. Trafford MV – League – Home
4th v. Heaton Moor – League – Away
Vets v. Crewe & Nantwich – League – Home
Enjoy your Rugby – I do and the Wire are almost at Old Trafford.