Clubman Notes 7th November

7th November 2011

It was a quiet bus tonight on the return journey from Damson Park, Solihull following a rare Sunday outing to play bottom club Birmingham & Solihull as the Blues endeavoured to return to winning ways after bleak October results which has seen them drop to mid table with just the one victory at Cambridge to show for the month.

Sadly it wasn’t to be as two sides seeking to find some semblance of form failed to break the mould and in the end the Bees, despite  playing the final twenty minutes a man down as a result of a red card, were just about the best of two indifferent sides and despite scoring only two tries to Macclesfield’s three they took the points to move off bottom spot leaving Geoff & Andy with much to mull over before Blackheath come up North on Saturday with vengeance in mind after two defeats to the Blues last season.

Little went right at Damson Park and the Blues have now gone through an unheard of five matches without a ‘W’ but a victory this weekend can change all that so do come along to Priory Park to give them all the encouragement you can.  The pre match dinner still has a good number of vacancies available so get along early and whet your appetite before the main event.  Contact the club office on 827899 for your places.

I, along with goodly support, on Saturday saw the Lions feature in an excellent game of running rugby against Fylde Seconds in the Bateman BMW Premier League with both sides scoring seven tries as the Lions ran out 42-39 victors with the winning try coming late into injury time.  This after Fylde scored four tries whilst the Lions were a man down to a yellow card to take a 32-15 lead!!   It was a case of the power of the Lions pack against the speed & skill of the Fylde threes and it led to good viewing.

Elsewhere the Thirds recorded a 52-29 victory over Sandbach Seconds and the Fourths beat Crewe & Nantwich 55-10 meaning that both sides remain at the top end of their respective Divisions.

Around SSE National One which confounds expectation every week there were victories for top dogs Ealing who beat Cambridge 32-21 and they have a seven point gap on second place Fylde who continued their winning ways beating Coventry 45-14 at the Woodlands. Blackheath – who come here on Saturday – beat Tynedale 23-20, Cinderford ran away at home to Blaydon winning 58-22!! Jersey, who visit us at the end of the month, beat Barking 51-21 on the Island, Rosslyn Park beat Stourbridge 33-24 and finally Sedgley Park won at Wharfedale 29-28 in a tense encounter.

All this means that Macclesfield are now in 8th position on 31 points just one ahead of Tynedale and three in front of Sedgley Park but there is a comfort gap of six points between Park & Blaydon who are on 22 points and, as I have previously said, there is much water to go under the bridge before we visit Wharfedale on 28 April next to finish our season.   Hopefully our injury/unavailability situation will be better sooner rather than later.

Games for Saturday:

1st v. Blackheath – League – Home – 3.pm.

2nd v. Burnage – League – Away

3rd v. Preston Grasshoppers – League – Home

4th v. Buxton – League – Away

Vets v. Chester – League – Home

Enjoy your Rugby – it isn’t easy……………………

Clubman