21st December 2017

The Blues made the journey into the Midlands and in the end after a battling display came out on the wrong side of a 39-25 score line but at least left for home with a bonus point which, come the reckoning at the end of April, could be all important in the final countdown with the National Two North table looking tight at both ends as I pen these notes and despite Macclesfield losing two games to the weather which will be fitted in next year the season has now reached the ‘half-way’ stage and this Saturday with the Christmas Dinner – I believe virtually sold out – before the game when we entertain a Chester side seemingly in good shape following Saturday’s tight 12-8 victory over table toppers  Hinckley at Vicars Cross.  In our first encounter back in September we came home on the back of a close 25-22 defeat so let’s hope that the honours come 4.45.pm. Saturday are in favour of The Blues – your touchline support will give Marshall Gadd and his squad the required incentive for that ‘W’.  This will be the final League game of 2017 with 2018 starting with a trip to Blaydon on 6 January – weather permitting…………….!! So please come along and give your voice to The Blues. This is one we need to win.

Around Two North three games were called off due to the wintry weather at Wharfedale (v. Tynedale), Huddersfield (v. Sale) and at Blaydon (v. South Leicester) but in those played Otley won at Luctonians and as a result leapfrog over us leaving us on equal points with Lucs but with games in hand.  Leicester Lions beat Sheffield Tigers and Sedgley Park won at Sheffield which leaves us still very much at the wrong end of the table but with all still to play for so it is important that we come out of this final game of 2017 with the points.

As far as the other Macclesfield sides are concerned the Seconds game at Sedgley Park was called off due to the Wintry weather, the Thirds v. Lymm Seconds at Priory Park was also  postponed due to the inclement weather meaning yet another ‘blank’ Saturday for Rugby at Priory Park and sadly the 4th XV appear to have conceded the game at Oswestry which is more than a little worrying so as I have said in this column before if you are interested in playing Rugby or even returning to the game then there is a place for you at Priory Park – just turn up training on a Tuesday/Thursday evening or contact the club (827899) and leave your details with Jonathan in the office.

Away from Rugby things on the park at the WACA (as I pen these notes on Sunday evening) do not look good for England who seem to have a very ‘creaky’ lower batting order which was shredded by the Aussie quickies.  We could do with some of the players from my youth to do the same to them – Fred Trueman, Frank Tyson & the great Brian Statham (I’m biased I come from Lancashire!!) to name but a superb trio of fast bowlers.  If only.  Still – only seven more weekends before Super League starts again with the Wire entertaining Leeds at the HJ in Warrington – something for this rugby fan of both codes to look forward to notwithstanding that around  that same time the Six Nations also get underway.

As the season approaches the half-way stage it is interesting to look at the North Premier league – just one level below ours – and presently that it led by Preston Grasshoppers who are currently undefeated and lead the opposition by 12 points although they had a close call at Wirral on Saturday coming away with a narrow advantage by 14-7 with Hull & Lymm just below them aspiring to come up next season into National Two North at the expense presently of whoever gets relegated from our league. I have enjoyed many games against Hoppers Vets XV – The Strollers as I recall – and they are, in my mind, a club who should be at a higher level.  Watch this space.

Just one more item and it means good news for a few members of the 200 Club for Christmas as the November & December draws were made at the club last Wednesday as follows:

  • November – £100 C Dempsey, £60 J Easto, £30 C Mitton
  • December – £150 G M Jones, £40 R A Alves, £30 C Dempsey

I understand that there are vacancies should anyone wish to join this group which for an annual contribution offers prizes throughout the season – contact Albert Simpson if interested.

Games for Saturday:-

  • 1st v. Chester – Home – 3.pm.
  • 2nd v. No Game – Free Week
  • 3rd v. Rossendale 2 – Away
  • 4th v. No Game – Free Week

That’s it for now and as I always say – Enjoy your Rugby – I do,

Clubman