Macclesfield scored five second half tries to run out convincing winners over Leicester Lions at Westleigh Park, consolidating their position at the top of the league.
In blustery conditions player coach Jonathan Boden slotted an early penalty to give the hosts an early lead. Ed Stobart hit back for the visitors on 10 minutes with a try, before Boden slotted another penalty to put the hosts back in front.
The lead didn’t last long and Elliot Brierley crossed just two minutes later for his first try of the day to give the Blues a 6 – 10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mike Finnemore was sin binned on the half hour mark due to a professional foul and the Lions took advantage.
Leicester’s blindside flanker Tom Morris made the extra man count and crashed over, but there was still time for the lead to change hands again for a fifth time. Dean Williams went charging up field and when the ball was recycled, his second row partner Dave Marwick dived over from close range. Macclesfield took a 13 – 15 lead in at half time.
As seems to be the way this year, the Blues came out firing in the opening stages of the second half and Brierley crossed for his second try of the day after a lovely break from Tom Davenport.
Pacey winger Matt King was next to score for Macclesfield, he raced away from the defence and wrong footed the Lions fullback to touchdown and give the Blues some breathing space with 20 minutes remaining.
Ryan Parkinson continued his hot streak after scoring his eighth try in seven games thanks to a rumbling maul that Leicester had no answer to. Ashley Platt-Hughes scored next for Macclesfield, he’ll have the forwards to thank after some great work at the scrum gave him the opportunity to score.
Some great link up play between Parkinson and Eaton gave King the chance to score the visitor’s eighth and final try of the day, and he duly obliged.
There was still time for Tom Williams to score a consolation try for the hosts but in the end it was comfortable for the visitors who have now won eight from eight, dropping just one league point.
Elsewhere in the league, Stourbridge beat Chester 15 – 23 but failed to get a bonus point for the second week running, meaning that Macclesfield are now two points clear at the top.
This weekend’s opponents are Dudley Kingswinford and they have had a miserable season so far. Last weekend they went down 22 – 47 to Harrogate and remain rooted to the bottom of the league without a single win so far.