It went down right to the wire, but ultimately Blues came up second best in a tense and nervous affair against Tynedale.
Though not pretty at times, it was a match very few in attendance could look away from as it was on a knife-edge for most of the match.
Credit where it’s due, the lads played their hearts out and gave everything they had both with the ball in hand and in defence.
At the end of the game, all the players looked understandably devastated, but they know they weren’t far off and they will build on that in a fortnight’s time, when they travel to Rosslyn Park.
Perhaps the biggest frustration for the lads was that the other teams near the top of the league lost as well and they had missed a chance to go second.
Blues’ next opponents Rosslyn Park were stunned by Cinderford, while Fylde were beaten by a last minute penalty against relegation favourites Barking.
This means there are just two points separating Blues in fifth and Fylde in third, with four further points between Fylde and Ealing in second.
Only Jersey have any kind of breathing space and are now nine points clear at the top and do look like they are well placed for a punt at life in the Championship.
The islanders continued the superb winning streak with victory over Wharfedale, while Ealing got back to winning ways with a bonus point victory against Stourbridge.
Elsewhere around the league, Blaydon put seven tries past the struggling Birmingham & Solihull, Cambridge put the drubbing by us behind them as they won well against Coventry, as Sedgley Park were edged out at home to Blackheath.
For the other Macc Clubs then, the seconds won at home to Stockport 38-19, the thirds lost away at Wilmslow 20-9 and the fourths are through to the next round of the cup with a 31 -12 win against Stockport.
So a mixed weekend for our respective teams, including Blues first loss since November.
There is a good feeling around the club, both amongst the players and fans alike and that can be taken for granted sometimes when things are going well.
If only it could be bottled up and stored for when things aren’t perhaps going so well, as we experienced earlier in the season.
The next few weeks are critical for Blues in dictating where they end the season in terms of league position.
That in mind then, it is key we keep behind the lads and make sure the enthusiasm continues over the coming weeks and months to make sure the good form continues right up until the end of the season!
There is a week off next Saturday as you all know the league keeps weeks reserved for the playing of matches postponed by weather.
Lucky for us then that we have had no such issues.
Let’s hope then that the players get a good rest and are well prepared for the trip down south to Rosslyn Park – a match I hope to see as many of the Macc faithful as possible in attendance.
It’s a massive game for the team as both sides are locked on 69 points in fifth and fourth respectively,
Let’s hope the rest serves all well and we can head to West London refreshed and raring to get a good result against Park!
Come on Macc!