Under 14s

u14s-2016

All new players welcome. If your son is currently in year 9 and wishes to try rugby please contact Matt Bowden or Dave Marchington. We run a very successful age group both on and off the field. The coaching team is made up of ex-players from Macclesfield 1st XV and County and Regional Coaches all of whom have achieved a minimum coaching certificate of Level 2. 

Training is still on grass at the club every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm.

 We have a busy fixture list this season and the majority of Sunday mornings will be competitive matches.

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Above; Winning the Cheshire Bowl 2016, beating a very physical Hoylake side 39-7 in the final.

Below; 2016 London Tour. Undefeated on tour and a great trip to Wembley!!

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MATCH REPORTS

Macclesfield 51 – 17 Mold

A dominant second half performance saw us pull away from a very physical Mold side. The first half was much closer although Macclesfield always kept their noses in front, it took over 10 minutes to get the first score of the morning and break down a solid Mold defence.

Mold had the upper hand in the forwards in the first half, which starved us of possession and saw us living off scraps for much of the period. After a gentle half time chat delivered by Mr Droy the boys realised the error of their ways and started competing at the breakdown and winning numerous turnovers, none more so than Messer’s Marchington and Gascoigne, who jointly won the man of the match award for their tenacity throughout the morning.

Morgan ran in a hat full of tries, followed by a brace from David who, still only playing his second game in the backs looks comfortable in the mid-field with his centre partner Renners. The final try of the morning was a classic interception from Marchington on half way and a sprint to the try line.

Another solid performance from the boys. Still plenty to work on though. The quote of the day was from the Mold coach when they kicked off following a try from Macclesfield; “why him, why of all the people on the entire pitch did you have to kick it straight to him…why…unbelievable”. This was just as their flyhalf kicked a re-start straight into the hands of Morgan who promptly ran the length of the pitch to score again. Brilliant!!!

Big thanks to Mold who traveled over early to play us. The game was played in great spirit and the scoreline doesn’t really reflect how close the game was. A very entertaining morning of rugby and we look forward to visiting Mold later in the season.

MACCLESFIELD 27 – 12 LYMM

Great start to the season with a convincing win over a very spirited Lymm side. The nerves were clearly visible from our boys, as we struggled to get hands on the ball during the opening period of the match. When we finally got possession, we made some good ground with strong direct running and some sweeping movements from the set piece. These didn’t amount to much though as the support just wasn’t there quick enough. Gone are the days where we can pick the ball up and run through an entire team, especially one the quality of Lymm.

The deadlock was eventually broken when captain Carl Droy made a break down the wing from a turnover to dive over in the corner. The no 8 was one of the stand out performers of the day. Working tirelessly in defence and attack. Lymm were rattled with the score that really was against the run of play and soon scored themselves after repeated pressure in the Macc 22.

With it all even at half time, we lost our form winger Jake Pester with a suspected broken wrist (news just in though, that it’s not broken, but needs further x-rays to check if there are any fractures present), this forced a reshuffle in the backline which was already without Ben Bowden who suffered a concussion last week playing for school. We began to play with a bit more pace and determination, realising that if we didn’t we wouldn’t come away with the desired outcome. This resulted in David Butlin bursting through the Lymm line to score under the posts, not bad for his first game in the centres and 15 minutes practice last Wednesday!!

 

Lymm came back after some sloppy tackling by Macc and scored a well worked try through sheer determination. This galvanised the Macc boys and a further reshuffle pushed Alex Davies out to fly half and Jacko into scrumhalf. Great scanning From Alex Davies, saw a swift change in  direction and he created an overlap out of nothing, resulting in Morgan running in for his first try of the match. Alex D has obviously been watching too much YouTube as his second touch saw an audacious pass flicked between his legs, and with swift hands from the backs we gained good territory. The forwards won the ball back and a clever chip from Davies saw Jacko collect and touch down in the corner. Great skill from the half backs, keep watching those clips!!

The final try of the day came from a no8 pick up, and a clean sprint for the line from Morgan to wrap up his scoring and secure the game for Macc. A well-deserved victory against a good Lymm side. All the boys played a part in today’s game, and we wish speedy recoveries to Will Smith, Ben Bowden and of course Jake Pester, next week Dempsey returns to the team as he was down in the capital this weekend reliving the tour!!! Big welcome also to Raff who came on for his first game for the Junior Blues.

Well done boys great start to the season. Training Wednesday 6.30pm on our pitch. However at 6pm the U16s (one of the county’s best sides) take on Sedbergh School (one of the country’s best sides) at Macclesfield, so get down early and support our boys, as they seek to overcome one of the true rugby powerhouses of the English game. This will be a match not to be missed!!!