Sedgley Park earned a hard fought victory over Macclesfield on Saturday, running out 19 – 23 winner in a classic game of two halves.
The Blues started in powerful fashion, they turned over the first three Sedgley scrums to gain filed possessions and created a number of chances. Eventually they made their pressure tell with a quick brace of tries from number eight Ryan Parkinson.
Both tries came from scrums, the first scrum was pushed over from 5 metres out after the ball was held up over the visitors’ line. The second try was from a scrum that was won against the head, the Blues heaved over the line and it was another simple finish for Parkinson.
It took 24 minutes for Sedgley to get any field position, but they didn’t need a second invitation. The ball was set up in midfield near the hosts’ line when Richard Wainwright spotted some space down the near side and made his way to the line.
Macclesfield hit back straight away; they charged up field with some speed on the ball and kept their guests on the back foot. They made their way to the line and it was left to young Jack Baxter to force his way over and extend the hosts lead.
At halftime the Blues had a 19 – 5 lead
Sedgley grabbed themselves a try early in the second half through hooker Jonny Matthews after a catch and drive from 10 metres out to chip away at the Blues’ lead.
A penalty from Steve Collins got the Tigers to within striking distance, then came the killer blow.
On the hour mark, Collins found a gap and broke into the Macclesfield final third. When the ball was recycled the backs took advantage of an unorganized defence and Matt Riley crossed, Collins’ conversion gave his side the lead.
A late Sedgley penalty extended their lead and the scores finished 19 – 23 in favour of the visitors.
Top of the league rivals Darlington Mowden Park have snatched the driving seat off the Blues thanks to a convincing win over Harrogate, getting the bonus point in the process.
This weeks opponents Bromsgrove 14th defeat of the season, going down 37 – 13 against Hull. They currently sit one place off the bottom of the table and are hovering precariously over the trap door, so they’ll be desperate for a result.