29th March 2018

Another weekend and another ‘W’ for Macclesfield Rugby over in West Yorkshire at the picturesque Abbeydale complex of the Sheffield club which gave the Blues squad a ‘double’ to celebrate in what was a gritty match with both sides cancelling each other out in the main with the home side of course fighting for their National Two status which is receding for them by the week as Macc thankfully now sit in mid table security with the final games of the 2017/18 season approaching and current table topping and looking to National One next season Sale visiting Priory Park for the next game on Saturday — kick off 3.pm.  Let’s see a big turnout for this local ‘derby’ as the home side endeavour to make a dent in Sale’s record.  In the game played at Heywood Road back in October Sale won 19-3 and they have remained at the top of the table pretty well since and currently have lost only two games and drawn one out of the 24 matches presently played and they are just ahead of Sedgley Park, Tynedale and Stourbridge in the chasing pack for promotion.

Around Two North on Saturday results saw Sale come away from Wharfedale with a convincing 20-6 victory with Sedge hitting fifty in a high scoring game at Blaydon and Tynedale also involved in a big score with a 38-27 victory at Otley.  Luctonians upset the form book with a close encounter down in Herefordshire when they beat Hinckley 33-32 in a nail biter of a game and Stourbridge – once contenders for top spot – beat South Leicester 37-26 in the Midlands all of which leaves Sheffield bottom with Lucs and Blaydon just above them in the relegation spots.  With Preston Grasshoppers certain to come up next season from Three North (they won another high scoring game 39-32 at Lymm) with Hull and Harrogate challenging for the ‘play off’ spot for promotion to Two North it is now getting to the interesting last few games of the season as far as promotion/relegation is concerned and we can certainly have a say in some of those issues with Sale, Otley, Luctonians, Stourbridge, Wharfedale and Hinckley to play before our season closes.  Watch this space.

As for the other Macclesfield sides on Saturday results do not make good reading with the Lions going down 13-10 in a close encounter at Priory Park while the 3rd & 4th teams both lost heavily to their Lymm counterparts although it has to be said that they were playing Lymm’s 2nd & 3rd teams respectively after last season’s promotion –but as always and sadly I have no detail of any of those games other than what I gather from the league website…

Away from Rugby (Union) my RL side had a good day at the office over the weekend with a high scoring win over Wakefield but if you saw the Leeds v. Castleford game on Friday what a treat that was with some outstanding rugby on offer with all that is good about the game of Rugby (both codes) on offer but on the other side of the World what is happening to Cricket!!  Ball tampering by the Aussies caught on film and in this day and age with cameras all over major sports grounds it is simply crass behaviour by world class players who I hope will be dealt with severely by the authorities and this plus an England side struggling to come to terms with New Zealand also on the other side of the World.  What next I ask??

This coming Saturday is a ‘reserve’ weekend where there will be catch up from previously postponed games so there is not a full fixture list in Two North but those games to be played could well have a deciding effect at the wrong end of the table with Blaydon, third from bottom, entertaining Luctonians up in the North East whilst seemingly already doomed Sheffield take on Tynedale at Abbeydale and, of course we have that big ‘local derby’ at Priory Park when Champions elect Sale come visiting but more on any promotion/relegation issues next time.

Saturday’s games:-

1st v. Sale – Home – 3.pm.
2nd v. Sedgley Park – Away
3rd v. Lymm 2 – Home
4th v. Winnington Park 3 – Home

So – a ‘full house’ at Priory Park so do come along and enjoy the sport and a couple of beers après rugby,

Enjoy your Rugby – I do,

‘CLUBMAN’