16th October 2016

Macclesfield’s winless run continued to five games after losing 26-20 away to Cambridge. It was a game in which The Blues could have easily come away from with all five points, however they butchered multiple try scoring opportunities so leave Cambridge with just a losing bonus point.
The hosts made the better start, pinning Macclesfield inside their own half for much of the early exchanges. However, the deadlock was broken by Macc, after Tom Morton slotted a penalty on the 10th minute. Cambridge then had a man sent into the sin bin on the 20-minute mark. This resulted in Macc scoring the first try of the match through Ryan Parkinson.

The hosts were back in the game five minutes later, scoring in the corner after some slick hands through the backs. The Blues then wasted a glorious opportunity two minutes later, after Elliott Millar-Mills rampaged through the Cambridge defence Macc seemed to be only one pass away from scoring, however a lack of composure and urgency cost The Blues that opportunity and the hosts cleared. It was a case of déjà vu five minutes later after a break from Jordan Brookes wasn’t put away following a forward pass. Despite these missed opportunities The Blues went into half time leading by five points.

The second half started as the first did, with the hosts applying early pressure to The Blues defence, however, unlike the first half, it was the hosts who scored first capitalising on some sloppy midfield play from Macc to score under the posts. The next score came in the 60th minute as the hosts added their third try of the match after sustained pressure on the Macclesfield try line.

Cambridge then wrapped up the bonus point on 67 minutes after scoring from a quick tap penalty. This put The Blues 16 points behind and looking increasingly likely to leave empty handed. This was until the 76th minute after Max Smith carved through the hosts defence on a great line. Macc were able to secure a losing bonus point at the death after driving over from a lineout. This last gasp try does mean that The Blues leave with a losing bonus point, but they will be bitterly disappointed not to have left with with all five points.