News from the Blues 31st March

1st April 2012

After all the hot weather we have been having, there was much anticipation for a sizzling fixture at Priory Park, though many felt it would be a one-sided affair.

A team like Ealing who are chasing promotion to the championship and looking very dangerous with every game they play, coming to play our Blues who haven’t had the best time of it of late, looked like a mismatch but by the end of the match it could not have been further from the truth.

A draw is always a strange result in any sport, but it was probably the fairest outcome in match that Blues probably should have won, but almost lost in equal measure.

It is true testament to the side that when they are faced with playing a very dangerous side like Ealing, they really rise to the challenge and you see the best they have to offer.

There was another standout performance from Edd Stobart, who is proving extremely dangerous with the hardening ground.

Ross Winney was superb with the boot, meaning we took seven points instead of five each time we scored a try which was priceless at the end of the game.

The composure he showed in the dying seconds to seal the all-important penalty was fantastic and shows the experience of the player.

Great to see that with just a few games left in a long, hard season for Blues, the players are still pulling out superb performances.

Looking ahead to Blues next game then and it is the big one for the players, a trip across the channel to league leaders Jersey in two weeks’ time.

It will of course be a very difficult game, in front of the biggest and arguably most partisan crowds in the league, making it a very intimidating place to go.

Nonetheless, it will be a special event for the players selected, flying over to the island to hopefully pull off an upset and delay the Islanders’ title celebrations.

Having a week off will be vital for Blues as there are a number of injury worries following the Ealing match, most notably Ryan Parkinson, who hurt his back in the warm-up.

Parky has been brilliant for Blues this season and the coaching staff will have everything crossed that he can recover in time for the trip.

Equally Sam Moss who was a doubt before the game, started it but was unfortunate to have to come off with a quarter of the match gone.

The time off will hopefully allow Moss to rest the calf strain that has troubled him, as he is such an integral member of the pack.

Credit though must go to Dave Blackwell who replaced Moss for his first appearance since joining Blues.

He settled into the game quickly and showed he has plenty of potential for the weeks and months to come.

Around Priory Park then and to the rest of our fantastic teams and special mention must go to the fourth team who travelled to Acton Nomads and beat their second team 107-0! What a fantastic result for all involved and they will look to take that form into their cup encounter coming up which hopefully will be supported well by the Blues’ faithful.

In the other games in National League One then, and Jersey trounced Tynedale 64-0 to extend their lead at the top to six points, while Fylde overcame a resurgent Birmingham and Solihull, winning 45-24.

Sedgley Park sparked an upset with a narrow 30-29 win over Rosslyn Park, while Blackheath continued their impressive form beating Coventry 36-23.

At the bottom end, Barking beat Wharfedale 42-24 but are effectively down now, while Stourbridge’s 32-20 defeat sees them following the same path.

In the final fixture, Cambridge beat Cinderford 25-20 to notch up a twelfth win of the season.

Some fantastic games as always in this league, and let’s hope we see the same in two weeks’ time, and hopefully a positive result for Blues!

Come on Macc!