21st August 2016

Macclesfield continued to build for their upcoming season in National League One with three wins from three. Macclesfield took on Redingensians, Caldy and Loughborough Students in three 40 minute matches in a round robin format.

The Blues first opponents were Loughborough Students. The game got off to a scrappy start with neither ide being able to impose themselves on the game. However, Blues’ new signing Lewis Winterbottom impressed at the breakdown, winning several turnovers. The first points of the game came in the 18th minute when Loughborough were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The incident also saw Blues’ flanker and new signing Nyle Davidson sent to the sin bin. Macclesfield were undeterred however, as they hit back within six minutes as winger Rohdri Mayor crossed the try line to put The Blues in the lead. The conversion was missed from a tight angle by Full Back Bradley. The rain started to hammer down as Macclesfield started to dominate, however they were only able to add another penalty before the final whistle. The first game of the festival ended 8-3 to Macc.

The second match saw the Blues take on Caldy RFC. Macc started well, scoring two unanswered tries in the first twenty minutes. The first was scored by flanker Josh Redfern, Bradley then slotted the conversion. A penalty try was awarded to the Blues in the 20th minute after sustained pressure from a driving maul and Bradley comfortably added the two points from in front of the posts. Despite their positive start the Blues were reduced to 14 men after try scorer Redfern was sin binned in the 35th minute. Caldy then reduced the deficit after Blues fly half Eaon had a clearance kick charged down and Caldy capitalised and added the conversion. The next five minutes saw both teams reduced to 13 men, with the Blues losing Eaton for ten minutes. However, the lack of discipline didn’t impact the score line any further as the Blues wrapped up a 14-7 victory.

The third and final opponents of the festival for the Blues were the Redingensians Rams. The match was an attritional affair with the only first half highlight being Blues flanker Parfitt being sent to the sin bin. However, the Blues were then able to mount some pressure on the Rams try line, however after a number of phases the closest the Blues came to scoring was having the ball held up on the line. The breakthrough came in the 40th minute as blindside flanker Thorpe crashed over to ensure the Blues won 5-0. Giving them a perfect three from three.

After the festival, Head Coach Giles Heagerty was pleased with the way his new signings were settling into the squad. “To be honest a lot of the new lads feel as if they’ve been here for ages already. Of course there are things to work on, however I feel as if we are in a good place at the moment. We’ve certainly got the potential to do some damage in the league this year.