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MATCH REPORT – Sunday 4th December
West Park St Helens 5 – Macclesfield 36
Macclesfield travelled to West Park St Helens with a smaller than usual squad of 19 players and the chance for a number of the players to show the coaches their skills and leadership.
The game, however, did not start well with tackles being missed, passes being dropped and Macclesfield being beaten to the breakdown. Park were clearly up for the game and within 5 minutes had scored a well-deserved try with several of the Macclesfield players falling off tackles.
It took Macclesfield 20 minutes before they were able to put any phases of play together and this resulted in Ben Holden scoring. The coaches hoped that this would be the start for Macclesfield and they were going to see some good rugby that they knew the squad could play. They were to be disappointed with the same mistakes being made. Park nearly scoring again as a result but for a last ditched tackle from Alex Collins, on the try line, prevented the Park winger from scoring.
Macclesfield were the next to score after several phases of play took them towards Park’s 22 and when the ball was released to the backs Danny straightened the line and cut through the Park defence to score.
Half time followed shortly afterwards with the score at 5 – 10.
A chat at half time and the players themselves knew that they had not performed in the first half and things had to change.
The second half started and Macclesfield were immediately on the attack, putting pressure on Park. This led to Park dropping the ball near to their line and Danny kicking through and scoring his second try.
Macclesfield’s all round play was much improved with tackles being made, passes being held and players supporting the ball carrier and securing the ball at the breakdown. The forwards started to boss the game and this meant that Harry K, at scrum half, was able to provide quick ball for the backs and ground was being made with each attack.
The next score for Macclesfield came from a stolen Park line out, with the leaping gazelle that is Max B taking Park’s ball at the front of the line and after several phases of play Conor took a pop pass and ran straight busting through the Park defence to score under the posts. Harry K converting.
Macclesfield now had the upper hand in the game and were retaining the ball very well and going through the phases which they had to do as Park were still putting in the tackles and making Macclesfield work hard.
Macclesfield’s next score came from a scrum with Harry H picking up at No 8 and crashing over for a deserved try. Harry K converting.
The game continued with Macclesfield having much of the ball and Park working hard in defence. The last, and probably best, try of the game came with Macclesfield winning the ball near the half way line and with quick ball given to the backs the ball was passed down the line with Joe P joining it from full back and with the ball passed so that each player ran onto the pass the ball reached Alex T on the wing in space. He was able to run into the Park 22 and with the cover coming across passed it back inside to Sean, who had tracked the ball from the breakdown, and Sean beat the defence to score under the posts. Harry K converting.
A good win in the end with some nice rugby played in the second half. Park never gave up, at times made it difficult for Macclesfield and played the game in the right spirit.
Thanks to George, James M, Tom, Eden and Jack for donning the green and gold of Park during the game to make up the numbers for Park.
Our best wishes to Callum P who as it turns out has broken his collar bone as a result of a tackle.
Macclesfield U16’s beat the National School Champions!
Macclesfield U16’s 23 – Sedbergh U16’s 12
Macclesfield hosted the winners of the Nat West Schools Trophy on Wednesday night in front of a bumper crowd. The game was won by the 15 on the pitch but it was a real squad effort.
Macc were straight out of the blocks, after a great kick off Sedbergh fielded the ball & were forced back by the Macc forwards who immediately put them under huge pressure, Sedbergh tried to force their way up the field but the tackling from Macc was immense, this really set the tone for the game. Sedbergh tried to clear but a great charge down by Sean and his superb pick up allowed him to score the game’s first try, Calum Greaves converted. Macc were 7-0 up inside 2 minutes.
Sedbergh composed themselves and started to put together several phases, Macc anticipated this onslaught and some huge tackling by James Oliver, Harry Harding & James Meredith stopped them from gaining ground. They did eventually score taking the game to 7-7.
This only lit the fire within Macc and within minutes they won a penalty which Calum converted to take the score to 10-7. The next 10 minutes were all Macc, the front row of Wheelton, Walton & Chalcroft were immense taking 3 balls against the head and pushing the much larger pack from Sedbergh backwards. This stopped there No 8 from being able to run the game, not something he is used to. The lineouts were functioning well, again Macc causing Sedbergh many problems on their own ball. This pressure resulted in Connor forcing his way over for another Macc try. Macc were 15-7 up at half time
The second half started well with Macc changing their game plan to push the visitors back into their own half more. This worked well and after a great pre-called move Ross McGlone scored to take the score to 20-7. This forced Sedbergh to be more expansive and try and get back into the game. This played into Maccs hands and the Macc back line of Greaves, McGlone, Briggs, Sleath, McNulty and Moule worked as a unit to stop anything Sedbergh threw at them. Macc then scored next with a penalty taking the score 23-7.
With the clock running down Sedbergh scored a well deserved try with the last play of the game after a charged down kick.
Macc won 23-12.
The lads fought like lions from start to finish, they showed huge character defending as if their lives depended on it, Macc thoroughly deserved the win. This was the hardest game we have played against well organised, talented opposition, just shows what Macc can produce!
Captain & Vice Captains chosen by U16 squad
Summary of 2015/2016 Season
Winners – Cheshire Bowl
Winners – Bowl Wirral Festival
Winners – Heaton Mersey 7 a side Festival
Winners – Macclesfield 7 a side Festival
U15’s End of Season Awards
Players Player – James Oliver
Most Improved Forward – Eden Massey
Coaches Forward – Connor Chalcroft
Most Improved Back – Sam Pantone
Coaches Back – Toby Moule
Clubman – George Coleman