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Macclesfield U15’s 35pts – Sandbach U15’s 19pts
Sandbach visited Macclesfield today on the back of a hard worked victory over locals Stockport last weekend. Macclesfield wanted to make sure that they maintained their unbeaten record at Priory Park this season. The game started off well for Macclesfield with some expert kicking from Zak Bowden & Will Davies making sure that Sandbach were playing most of the rugby in their own half. This pressure turned into points with Harry Oliver forcing the Sandbach player to make a mistake, he expertly picked up the lose ball, side stepped 2 players and forced his way over in the corner.
The forwards were dominating and the tight 5 of Harry Wheelton, Connor Chalcroft, Harry Harding, Ben Holden and James Meredith were on top allowing the back row of James Oliver, Lewis Halliday and Sean Campbell to attack with ease. The next score came from a great kick from Will Davies, the forwards won the ball and this allowed James Oliver to score a well work try in the corner.
The last score of the half was scored by Lewis Halliday who stormed past 3 Sandbach defenders and with the help of the pack scored in the corner.
At the break Macclesfield made 12 changes to the starting team, this disrupted the flow of play and Sandbach took full advantage with a well worked try of their own. Macc didn’t let their heads go down and kept attacking, the ball movement was excellent with Sam Pantone, Sam Leonard, Josh Roberts all trying to put the wingers into space. The wingers of Callumn Prendergast and Will Stubs were making good ground but fell short on a couple of occasions. Sandbach scored again after some great interplay with the backs with the winger being injured scoring in the corner, we hope he makes a full recovery.
Macclesfield regained composure and after some changes in the back row scored next through James Oliver, the try was made by the completely new tight 5 ( a luxury most teams don’t have !!). Sandbach never gave up and repelled attack after attack. They had some very strong runners who were tackled before they we able to make ground, Max Blackburn, Eden Massey and Tom Hurst all making sure that they didn’t score again.
Once Macclesfield were able to control the ball and win clean ball at the breakdown they were always going to score next. Harry King was controlling the backs with his new scrum half partner Alex Turner and this allowed tries for Will Stubs and Harry Harding. James Oliver scored again to complete his hat-trick for the day.
Sandbach scored a consolation try at the end after some great work by their winger and centre.
The game was a hard fought encounter and played in the right spirit, thanks to Sandbach for travelling to Macc and the 28 Macc players who played today were a credit to the club, yes 28 Macc players played the game today.
The only ugly incident was the Ref Tony King Losing Rob’s lucky whistle, still not found!!!!
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