Ealing 24 – 35 Macclesfield

A serious injury to Macclesfield forward Chris Jones overshadowed an extraordinary performance which saw Blues win 35-24 away at table topping Ealing.

Jones suffered a broken leg towards the end of the first half which led the match being delayed for over half an hour.

Coach Geoff Wappett said “It was an unfortunate injury and we wish Chris all the best. He is such good player and has been in great form of late, so will be a massive loss for us.”

Ealing have been impressive since being promoted to National League One at the end of last season and Macc knew it would be a tall ask to get anything out of the fixture as the West London side boasted two of the league’s highest try scorers.

Tries from Josh Fowles, Sam Moss and a hat-trick from Ryan Parkinson saw Blues pick up the bonus point and inflict Ealing’s first home defeat of the season, and only their second in total.

Macc got off to a brilliant start, taking the game to the hosts which created a fast-flowing open contest, much to the delight of the travelling faithful.

Blues opened the scoring in the first minute through Fowles; the winger burst down the flank before faking a pass inside and running through for the try.

Skipper Tom Eaton added the conversion as Macc’s fast start left the sparse home support shocked.

Trailfinders looked dangerous with the ball in the backs, but it was to be the forwards that made the first impact on the scoreboard, driving the ball through Macc territory to bundle over the line with Karl Gibson credited the score.

Blues then had a chance to regain the lead after Ed Stobart hacked the ball through and would have touched down in goal, only to be held back an opposition player.

The visitors felt hard done by, especially as the incident led to a penalty but no further action for the player.

Parkinson scored the first of his three scores, following their opponent’s example and scoring through a rolling maul.

Eaton couldn’t add the conversion but Macc had the lead once more.

The match was turning into a shoot-out and Ealing responded once again through Sam Wardingley, the home side showing the attacking threat by running the ball wide and leaving the Blues defence stretched and exposed.

Then the match took a turn for the worse, Chris Jones running with the ball before being tackled and falling awkwardly; breaking his leg in the process.

The game was then delayed for a long period while the medics attended to the number eight, which lead to referee Andrew Jackson calling the half time interval early.

Phil Chesters and Ryan Parkinson exchanged tries as the Macc lead by a point at half time.

After a two minute break the second half was started and Sam Moss bundled the ball over the try line to extend the visitors lead and seal their bonus point.

Eaton and Ben Ward scored a penalty a piece to leave the difference at six entering the last ten minutes, but Parkinson completed the hat-trick late on to seal a deserved win for Blues and a second win in a row.

Parkinson said: “It was a great team performance, the lads got in great positions and I was just in the right place at the right time. Every player on the pitch deserved credit today.”

Macc host Jersey on Saturday as they look to make it three wins in a row.


Post navigation

Find your perfect car lease deal

I am looking for a
lease on a

#maccrugby

🔊 SEVENS SPECIAL PODCAST 🔊 @RupertCoxSKY sits down with former @EnglandRugby and current @USARugby 7s head coach @MikeFriday09 Listen here: skysports.tv/Y3ruBg 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿kick-off their #Dubai7s campaign at 3.30pm. Live📺on @skysports Arena

test Twitter Media - 🔊 SEVENS SPECIAL PODCAST 🔊

@RupertCoxSKY sits down with former @EnglandRugby and current @USARugby 7s head coach @MikeFriday09 

Listen here: https://t.co/jwWDyAhSk3

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿kick-off their #Dubai7s campaign at 3.30pm. Live📺on @skysports Arena https://t.co/h7Q2dxKrwE

"Rugby is a sport for everyone, irrespective of who you love" 🏳️‍🌈 Professional referee Craig Maxwell-Keys discusses his path through rugby and his journey to coming out as gay. #RainbowLaces

'Costa, I need a coffee - this is brilliant' 🤣👏 Watch #Dubai7s LIVE 📺 on @skysports Arena NOW 👇

Final score | A disappointing start for England Women who lose their opening match of the #Dubai7s

test Twitter Media - Final score | A disappointing start for England Women who lose their opening match of the #Dubai7s https://t.co/nkhDU1Abfm

British and Irish Lions boss Ben Calveley says they are "working around" the Premiership final taking place just seven days before their 2021 South Africa tour opener: skysports.tv/YvvX6h

test Twitter Media - British and Irish Lions boss Ben Calveley says they are "working around" the Premiership final taking place just seven days before their 2021 South Africa tour opener: https://t.co/a7d5UVXbZ2 https://t.co/iVoJAPSB2B

"The club has shown in its history what we can achieve." "It's up to us to try and do it again and again." 💚🖤💛 @SaintsRugby's World Cup winner Cobus Reinach has left Japan behind him and is fully focused on capitalising on a great start to the season...

The Groups #Dubai7s England Women v France 🇫🇷 [Thursday, 12:20 GMT] v New Zealand 🇳🇿 [Friday, 06:50 GMT] v Japan 🇯🇵 [Friday, 11:40 GMT] England Men v Spain 🇪🇸 [Thursday, 15:32 GMT] v Kenya 🇰🇪 [Friday, 09:26 GMT] v South Africa 🇿🇦 [Friday, 15:54 GMT] Watch live on @SkySports

test Twitter Media - The Groups #Dubai7s

England Women 
v France 🇫🇷 [Thursday, 12:20 GMT]
v New Zealand 🇳🇿 [Friday, 06:50 GMT]
v Japan 🇯🇵 [Friday, 11:40 GMT]

England Men 
v Spain 🇪🇸 [Thursday, 15:32 GMT] 
v Kenya 🇰🇪 [Friday, 09:26 GMT]
v South Africa 🇿🇦 [Friday, 15:54 GMT]

Watch live on @SkySports https://t.co/6Si2DlFRx8
test Twitter Media - The Groups #Dubai7s

England Women 
v France 🇫🇷 [Thursday, 12:20 GMT]
v New Zealand 🇳🇿 [Friday, 06:50 GMT]
v Japan 🇯🇵 [Friday, 11:40 GMT]

England Men 
v Spain 🇪🇸 [Thursday, 15:32 GMT] 
v Kenya 🇰🇪 [Friday, 09:26 GMT]
v South Africa 🇿🇦 [Friday, 15:54 GMT]

Watch live on @SkySports https://t.co/6Si2DlFRx8

Every. Game. Live.😎🏝️🏉 Watch all 3 days of the @WorldRugby7s from Dubai on @SkySports starting NOW...

test Twitter Media - Every. Game. Live.😎🏝️🏉

Watch all 3 days of the @WorldRugby7s from Dubai on @SkySports starting NOW... https://t.co/1q3cdPUdOg
0