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MATCH REPORT from 31st January 2016
Macclesfield 37 – Wilmslow 0
Macclesfield entertained a strong Wilmslow side in a repeat of last year’s Cheshire Cup final, the result was the same however the margin of victory was hugely different. Macclesfield outscored their opponents 7 tries to nil.
The game was played in difficult conditions both under foot and with driving rain and wind. Macc won the toss and Harry Harding chose to play into the elements in the first half. A deep kick off by James Oliver immediately put the Wilmslow team under pressure in their own 22. They tried to run the ball from defence through their big forward but strong tackling continually pushed them back. Wilmslow were playing some good, tight rugby but they just couldn’t get out of their own half. Superb tackling by the front five of Macclesfield, Wheelton, Walton, Chalcroft, Harding & Meredith continually stopped any forward momentum.
Macclesfield scored first after sustained pressure, from a 5m scrum Lewis Haliday forced his way past several players to score a try wide out. Whilst the Macclesfield pack was on top with Sean, James Oliver and Lewis making headway with some great runs it was the backs who created and scored the next try. The ball was swiftly moved from the breakdown by Harry King, a set training ground move was perfectly executed by Will Davies, Ross McGlone and Harry Oliver. This allowed Toby Moule to run at pace forcing his way over in the corner.
Whilst scoring a try Oliver Whitham, the excellent Wilmslow back row player was injured, we hope it’s not too serious and he makes a full recovery.
Macclesfield were 10-0 at half time playing against the wind, rain and up the slop. The game was nowhere near won because of the elements however we had to consider our game plan in the second period. Wilmslow kicked off and we immediately exited our own half through a great kick by Harry King. This was the game plan for the second half – play the game in the Wilmslow half !! this was executed well by Macc and Wilmslow never played in the Macc half for the whole period, superb game management that many senior teams could learn from.
Further scores by Toby Moule (Twice – so Hat trick boy !!), Harry Harding and James Oliver with Harry Oliver kicking one conversion meant that Macc came out comfortable winners on the day.
Special mention must go to the 7 subs came on in the second half and immediately played to the game plan. The score was a reflection of the dominance of Macclesfield, however finishing was a problem with 3 potential tries dropped over the line.
All the players from both sides gave 100%, the Wilmslow supporters were incredibly complimentary about Rob’s refereeing, which was nice to see. Overall a good hard fought derby which we won.
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