News from the Blues 17 Dec

17th December 2012

Saturday’s game against Old Albanians marked the end of the first half of the season, and the past 15 games have proven to be a stern test for the Blues.

With an injury list long enough to give anyone a selection headache, and a league that is becoming more and more competitive every year, the Blues have struggled to replicate the same form of this time last year.

With the league starting to take shape, Macclesfield find themselves in the unfortunate position of being near the bottom of the league in 15th.

Those that have seen the National League One table recently might have noticed that the Blues have had five points deducted, leaving us with 16 points.

The unfortunate situation came about several weeks ago after an administrative error led to the Blues fielding an illegal player.

Whilst the accidental set-back is the last thing that is needed right now, the Blues are more determined than ever to turn things around in the second half of the season and get back to winning ways.

Facing Old Albanians on Saturday was always going to be a tough game, even after our narrow win against Wharfedale the week before.

The recently promoted side were in good form and coming away with some shock results in the league, the most notable a 31-25 win against Ealing.

The game was forecasted to be bright and sunny, however it was anything but and conditions were terrible for the Blues, especially during the second half.

The Albanians walked away with a deserved victory; however the Blues will be wondering how they only managed to score six points.

Next week’s opposition Sedgley Park picked up a narrow 19-17 win against Coventry on Saturday, which keeps them just above Macclesfield in 14th.

Our local rivals have also had a tough time as well this season, losing eight of their fifteen matches.

However the Blues know to tread carefully, as it was only four months ago that Sedgley Park enjoyed a 39-17 win in the away fixture of this match.

Elsewhere in the National League One, bottom-placed Cambridge suffered a heavy defeat away at Ealing, conceding seven tries in the 47-11 onslaught.

Blaydon jumped into second place after beating Rosslyn Park 28-22, the result keeping everyone guessing as to how the top three will play out at the close of the season.

Fylde and Richmond both picked up away wins, Richmond winning 23-19 at Esher, whilst Fylde narrowly beat Blackheath 17-14.

Loughborough Students continued their impressive form by beating Cinderford 28-25, their seventh win in nine games.

Meanwhile Tynedale travelled down to Wharfedale and won 34-15.

There was no game for the Lions on Saturday; however the 3s picked up a 7-3 win against Rochdale in what was a closely contested affair.

The 4s game was postponed due to the weather, while the Vets won 36-15 against Linley & Kidsgrove.