8th March 2018

“If we can string 4 or 5 wins together from our 8 remaining fixtures, there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t finish in mid-table”

As Macclesfield Blues were unable to play their Priory Park fixture against Hinckley last weekend, we thought we’d speak to Interim Head Coach, Marshall Gadd, about his thoughts on how the rest of the season will pan out. Has he set any targets or goals for the team, what is his principal priority, and what is he expecting when the Blues travel to Tynedale this weekend? Here’s what he had to say:

Have you set the Blues any targets for the rest of the season?

“No, I haven’t set any specific goals or targets for the rest of the season. Having said that, we have got games that we know we need to target and get points from, and by that I mean games against the teams in and around us in the league. We’ve got 8 games left to play, and 6 of those games are against teams in our half of the table. We’ve got to be looking at picking up points in those games to guarantee that we keep our place in National League 2 North.”

So the priority is maintaining Macclesfield Blues’ status as a National 2 team?

“Absolutely. We didn’t have the best start to the year, but we do seem to have turned it around a little in the last few weeks.”

Are you confident the Blues have what it takes to secure National 2 rugby?

“Yes – 100 per cent. With 2 or 3 wins we’ll be right up there and secure. If you look at how congested the league table is from 6th place downwards, you know that with a few wins, staying up is perfectly possible. We’ve got 2 games in-hand on 3 or 4 teams above us, so if we can pick up points in those games we could conceivably finish the season in the top half of the table.”

“The league table is that close, and very competitive. With the exception of the top 3 or 4 teams, everyone else is beatable if we can play to our full potential. If we can string 4 or 5 wins together from our 8 remaining fixtures, there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t finish in mid-table, or even a little bit higher.”

What will Macclesfield Blues be facing up at Tynedale?

“We’re expecting a fast game. Tynedale are one of the top try-scoring teams, and have only lost 1 game at home this season. They like to play a fast-paced game and to move the ball around. We’re under no illusions about the task facing us up in the North East, and we know we’ll have to be somewhere near our very best to come away with anything. They are without a doubt one of the best attacking teams in the league, so we know we’ll be under the cosh. Our defence will be tested, but I’m confident the boys will rise to the challenge.”

Have you got a full-strength squad for the match?

“Well, we‘re running at about 90 to 95 per cent capacity, so we’re in a pretty good place. We’re carrying 1 or 2 injuries, but they’re long term ones. Other than that we’ve got a strong squad available for this weekend.”