They’re one of the best sides we’ve faced

31st March 2016

It’s top plays bottom this weekend at Priory Park as The Blues play host to strugglers, Huddersfield. The last time these two sides met Macclesfield came away 24-38 winners. But despite Huddersfield’s lowly league position, Giles Heagerty insists that the Yorkshire side is one of the toughest opponents this season.

Macclesfield come into the game off the back of eight straight wins including their latest three all being on the road. So rightfully so, Heagerty said his players are chuffed to be back at Priory Park.

“The boys are stoked to be back at home. You can see the relief on everyones faces. Huddersfield are a side who may be struggling but they really pushed us hard at their place. I maintain that they’re one of the best sides we have faced this season. I hope we get better conditions than the last time we met, because they were awful. We know we can’t be complacent against them.”

Macc’s last gasp win away at Otley last weekend showed the squad’s winning mentality as they came from behind for the second week in a row to take the victory. The Blues lead at half time, let their lead slip, and then Rhodri Mayor scored with the final play of the game to give Macclesfield the two-point victory, Giles was very pleased with the character his side showed.

“If you give us a sniff we are going to be able to take it. The patience we showed and at times we were picking the wrong way and at times the ball didn’t come out when it needed to, but, when it counted, we got the job done.”

“It is huge, huge on a number of levels. We knew it was going to be tough coming in here and after last week dropping a point and the performance was frustrating. At times, I think we played some really good stuff, but, credit to Otley, in the second half they threw the kitchen sink at us.”

The win at Otley came on what have should have been a weekend off for The Blues, but the postponement of games, meant that was not possible. Heagerty applauded the commitment and fitness levels of his squad after the game.

“This is a very dedicated group of men. They’ve worked incredibly hard and they keep getting pushed, their conditioning is good. We have worked really hard on getting them in the right shape and hopefully, that will come good towards the back end of the season now.”

It was the first time Heagerty had seen his side live in a few weeks as he has been away as Head Coach of England Counties u18. Heagerty was full of praise for the work his coaching team had done on match days whilst he had been away.

Chris and the guys have done a great job, I’m hugely thankful for the support they have given me. They’ve done everything right and have had a perfect record, I thought at one point, I’d came back and ruined it!”

The visitors today come in off the back of an impressive home win against the in-form Luctonians, a 37-32 win will have given them a welcome morale boost ahead of their visit to Priory Park.

 

Alex Hannah