The Lions entertained 1 of the remaining 3 unbeaten teams in the Bateman Premiership League and again ran out easy winners without ever getting into top gear for any sustained period of play. As is now customary the Lions handicapped themselves with an early yellow card but still managed to score during this period with the lively Thorp crossing the whitewash with the conversion being added by S Sheratte. Following this the lions continued to play in patches but the inability to keep hold of the ball and the continuing ability of conceding penalties kept Waterloo in the game and close in score only actually breaking away close to half time.
For those of you who have followed the Lions over the last few season will know, Macclesfield vs Sedgley is usually the game that sets the tone for the season – the Lions will be hoping this is the case this year. The Lions turned up at Sedgley knowing that no matter what strength their opponents were at, they would be in for a tough 80 minutes, the Lions themselves had a strong 15 out but this would count for nothing once the game started and Sedgley laid down their intent immediately.
Macclesfield Lions vs Stockport was just one of 4 games taking place on a busy afternoon at Priory Park last Saturday. After only ten minutes of rugby two weeks ago and a less than satisfactory win last week against Altrincham Kersal the Lions were keen to put a decent performance together.
This week the Lions visited Chester in an attempt to continue their good form from last week and obtain another important win, Chester away is never an easy fixture so a good performance was vital. The Lions fielded a strong team and over the last couple of weeks have started to see some consistency in important positions, Board returned from injury to once again partner Dewers in the centres, Walker returned to scrum half and for the first time this season there were difficult decisions to be made in the front row.
The previous two weeks have seen two games and two losses for the Lions, it was important that they got back to winning ways this week, and they did just that and in quite some style. It was the turn of Vale of Lune to visit Priory Park and take on a rejuvenated Lions side, Luckett, McCarthy and Townsend all made a return to 2nd team rugby and all had a significant impact.
The Lions travelled to Birkenhead on Saturday in an attempt to obtain another win and continue their good league form. The conditions were again ideal for rugby and it was clear from the mood in the changing rooms prior to kick off that Birkenhead would be in for a tough afternoon. The first two league games had seen the Lions play some good rugby but take their foot off the gas once the game was won, they knew it would be important to play for the full 80 minutes this week.
The first loss of the season came on Saturday as the Lions entertained Preston Grashoppers at Priory Park. The Lions had been building up to the first big test of the season and were unfortunate to lose.
A scorching hot Saturday saw the first home game for the Lions who entertained league newcomers Wilmslow Vikings. Having played a Wilmslow XV during pre season the Lions half knew what to expect from the Vikings, however this was a local derby with bragging rights at stake therefore a tough encounter was to be expected. After last week’s poor performance in the second half against Lymm the Lions were determined to put together an improved performance.