Clubman Notes 31st October

31st October 2011

Another Saturday and sadly another defeat – now an almost unheard of four in a row – and I hope that the ripcord will be pulled next weekend when we visit Damson Parkway on Sunday to allow the freefall to ease and the Blues will have no better chance to do just that with Bees currently sitting at the bottom of the pile after having points deducted for recently playing an illegible player but nothing in this SSE National League One can ever be taken for granted.

Last season the Blues came out on the right side of several close encounters but this time the ball has rolled the other way and at present it is a 50% record.  Played 10 Won 5 Lost 5 For 294 Against 294 and thankfully with 9 bonus points in the bag although we drop down another couple of places to mid table there is still much water to pass under the bridge yet.

Injuries and unavailability certainly played their part on Saturday with a number of changes which were not helped when the influential Charlie Mulchrone had to finally leave the park just after half time having suffered what I sincerely hope is not a serious knee injury.  Missed kicks, again, did not help the cause but this can all be put right with a performance on Sunday – again a reminder that this week the Blues are at Birmingham Solihull on Sunday 6th kick off 2.pm.  It was good to see Chris Roddy touch down in a rare first team outing early in the game.

Along with Fylde and their excellent supporters who made the relatively (in National One terms) short journey from Lytham were luminaries Fran Cotton and Bill Beaumont who no doubt exchanged tales of yesteryear as well as how to sort out the mess that is Twickenham.  One can only dream of Macclesfield taking as many supporters to The Woodlands next March……………………………………………

Around National One early leaders Ealing were finally derailed at Barking who won a close game 22-20. Jersey who made the long trip to Blaydon came away with a 12-6 victory while Cambridge beat Blackheath 42-27 and Coventry who we visited last weekend beat Rosslyn Park 30-29 in another cliffhanger. Sedgley Park beat Cinderford 21-17, Stourbridge beat Wharfedale 23-20 and finally Tynedale beat Sunday’s opposition Birmingham 49-9.

Closer to home the Lions maintained recent form with a convincing 57-10 victory at Broughton Park (not Birkenhead Park as my fixture list showed!!) but the Thirds went down 29-10 to Waterloo seconds at Blundellsands.  Fourths had no game this week and the Vets beat Brodlians Beavers at Priory Park.

The 200 Club will commence its annual draws on Saturday 12 November at the pre match lunch when Blackheath visit us and it would be good to have something nearer 200 members than the present 140ish who presently pay their £12 per annum to have a chance of winning one of the three prizes on offer throughout the winter from November on.  It just goes that little way to ensuring that the club is and remains on a good financial base.  Contact club office or see Albert Simpson at the club to get this fund raiser closer to the number.

Just one little flashback to the World Cup and clearly I am not the only one to wonder just what the IRB are doing in fining France £2,500 for their excellent response to the All Blacks Haka.  If they do not wish to have a response then the All Blacks should not be allowed to do it.  Simple as but the IRB have other issues as well such as fining players who wear gumshields with the wrong advertising thereon and a number of other directives which clearly have not helped the International game.

But, who am I to criticize from my desk in Macclesfield being unable to afford a day at Twickenham these days.  One thing though – it would be nice to see a Scrum Half put the ball in straight again.  I can but dream!!

Games for this coming weekend: Could be earlier kick offs now the hours back.

Saturday:

2nd v. Fylde – League – Home

3rd v. Sandbach 2nd – League – Away

4th v. Crewe & Nantwich – League – Home

Vets v. Stafford Vets – League – Home

Sunday:

1st v. Birmingham & Solihull – League – Away – 2.pm.

Note kick off time is 2.pm. at Damson Parkway.

Enjoy your Rugby – I do – just…………………

Clubman