Wharfedale 14-32 Blues

12th April 2015

On an afternoon where it was hard to distinguish whether the summer or winter was coming, The Blues travelled to the Yorkshire Dales to take on Wharfedale. The sun eventually came out to shine on some excellent Blues defence and attacking flair as they ran out 32-14 winners to claim only their third league win of the season.

The first half was a relatively close encounter with neither side really taking control and dominating the game. Wharfedale took their one clear cut opportunity of the first half, working the ball out wide to force an overlap before going over in the corner.

Macc had their chances and spent some time in the opposition 22 themselves, but, could not make their pressure count. Dropped balls and perhaps a lack of composure when it came to finishing the move off, resulted in several turn overs and gave the hosts the chance to clear their lines.

In the second half and the game opened up slightly more. Both sides got themselves points on the board early on with converted tries. Matt King was then able to puncture the Wharfedale defence to allow Tom Eaton’s conversion to level the scores.

Tom Eaton added some more to his points tally, knocking over two penalties to give the visitors the lead.

Matt O’Regan then found space after a neat move to add another try before The Blues added another during the last play of the game. A well worked lineout and drive resulted in Max Smith eventually getting the ball over the line.

Macclesfield leave The Avenue as deserved winners and look forward to entertaining Cinderford next week, in search of that elusive home win.

15. Matt O’Regan 14. Josh Fowles 13. Matt King 12. Elliot Brierley 11. Rhodri Mayor 10. Tom Eaton 9. Jordan Brookes

1. Elliott Millar-Mills 2. Sam Moss 3. Billy Robinson 4. Dave Marwick 5. Ben Jones 6. Mike Finnermore (captain) 7. Phil Williams 8. Franky Barker

Replacements: 16. Matt Thorp 17. Josh Hearn 18. Max Smith 19. Chris Jones 20. Greg Newton