Fylde 57-5 The Blues

22nd December 2014

Macclesfield took the short trip to north west rivals Fylde as they looked to finish a disappointing first half of the season with a positive result.

It was very much a tale of two halves at the Woodlands Memorial ground as Macclesfield stayed in touch and competed strongly throughout the first period but this strong start seemed to take the wind out of the Blues’ sails as they looked tired and lagging behind the hosts during the second period.

The game got off to a nightmare start for Macc as fly half Tom Eaton was sent to the bin for what was seen as a deliberate knock on by the referee.

Fylde took advantage of the extra man immediately, fly half Chris Johnson with a fantastic piece of vision to put a kick in behind The Blues defence out wide for Jordan Dorrington to collect and finish in the corner.

Five minutes later the hosts extended their lead after turning over a Macclesfield scrum deep in their own 22 and break up the wing which was finished by winger Warren Spragg, and converted by Ryan De La Harpe, 12-0.

Ten minutes later Macclesfield pulled themselves back into the game. Leading try scorer Matt King pounced on a loose ball inside the Fylde half after good Blues pressure, King unsurprisingly finished well and got Macc back to within touching distance of the hosts.

Fylde were reduced to 14 men after half an hour, Johnson was adjudged to have punched Eaton, and therefore found himself as a spectator for the following ten minutes.

Macclesfield failed to take advantage of the extra man as Fylde extended their lead on the stroke of half time. Sam Beaumont crashing over with De La Harpe again providing the extras, 19-5 half time.

The second half was very much one way traffic as the Blues found it tough going, credit to Fylde who played some fantastic rugby, keeping the ball alive whenever they could.

Fylde set the tone for the half as they shot out of the blocks, turning the ball over immediately from kick off and building phases to go onto score.

On 50 minutes, captain for the day Jordan Brookes was sent the the sin bin for another deliberate knock on in the eyes of the referee, adding to The Blues send half woes.

Fylde once again took immediate advantage of the extra man, Jordan Dorrington showing immense pace to finish off a great team move.

On the hour mark, Fylde made it 36-5 as Warren Spragg read play well to follow up an offload and dive under the posts.

Five minutes later Fylde showed that they could score with brute force aswell as pace and skill, the scrum barged over to score from five metres.

On 70 minutes, The Blues were made to pay for a number of consecutive missed tackles as Fylde scored to pass 50 points for the afternoon.

There was still time in the game for a final Fylde score in the game, a flowing team move was finished again by Dorrington and the game finished 57-5.