2nd March 2018

“If we turn up with the right attitude and the right mentality, then I’ve got every faith we can get a result against Hinckley”

Last weekend’s game against Sheffield was a potentially tricky fixture. League form would have suggested that Macclesfield Blues, on paper, should have no problem securing the win and hopefully getting a maximum 5 points for their efforts. The game, however, is not played on paper, but on the pitch. Still, all was well in the end, and the Blues were able to claim their rightful prize and continue their winning streak. Next up at Priory Park is in-from team, Hinckley. Hinckley are sitting in third place in the league and are playing well, so Macclesfield Blues will have their work cut out getting something from the game. What did Interim Head Coach, Marshall Gadd, think of last week’s performance against Sheffield, and what is he expecting this weekend from Hinckley? Here are his thoughts.

Were you pleased with the Blues’ win and 5 points against Sheffield last weekend?

“I was definitely pleased with the result. Obviously, a win is always nice, but Saturday was worrying because it was a potential banana-skin of a game for us. Sheffield were fighting for points like we were, but there is always a temptation to look at the league table and think, well, we should win that game on form, and then take your eye off the ball. The things is; Sheffield are a really good side, and capable of turning any team over – like Hinckley the other week. So I think we did well to keep our composure and to close the game out.”

Were you happy with the performance and satisfied that the Blues were clinical enough on the day?

“I think we probably could have taken more chances and scored more tries, but at the end of the day we scored 5 tries and secured 5 points. So in terms of attacking play I don’t think there was too much of an issue. We conceded a couple of soft tries which I wasn’t best pleased about. Still we’ve had a look at that as a management team, and we’re looking to try and put that right for this weekend against Hinckley.”

Although Hinckley are riding high in the league table, they’re not unbeatable as Sheffield have proved: are you confident you can get a result against them this weekend?

“It’s a cliché I know, but any team can beat anyone on their day. If we turn up on the day with the right attitude and the right mentality, then I’ve got every faith we can get a result. But having said that, we will have to play somewhere near our very best to get anything out of the game.”

What are Hinckley’s main strengths?

“They’ve got a big forward pack and they’re very strong up front. So we’ve got to match them there. If we can do that, then I think we have sufficient attacking strengths to cause them problems.”

How’s the Priory Park pitch looking for this weekend?

“It’s not looking too clever at the moment. The forecast is also not looking great, so we’ll just have to wait and hope. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to play. If the weather isn’t kind, then that will be another game we’ll have to play at the end of the regular season. The 2 free weekends we had between now and the end of the season are already taken, so we’d have to play any rearranged fixture in May. You then run into problems, because some of the boys are looking to play County rugby fixtures. Let’s just hope we can get the game on for everyone’s sake.”