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Macclesfield 28 – 37 Birmingham & Solihull

Tries from Sam Moss, Martin Kent and two from Jack Moorhouse were not enough to provide Macclesfield with the result they wanted against Birmingham and Solihull under the floodlights at Priory Park.

It was the boot of Mark Woodrow that put Blues to the sword, the fly-half providing 19 of the visitors 38 points.

The match began with Macclesfield on the back foot, with the home side 10-0 down after eight minutes.

However the team responded well after Jack Moorhouse broke through the Bees defensive line to gain some valuable ground

Seconds later it was Moorhouse again who impressed, his converted try putting the Blues back in contention with the score at 7-10.

Macclesfield conceded another penalty kick at the 16 minute mark, which was easily put away by Woodrow.

Moorhouse stepped up to score his second try, his fourth in two games, however Captain Ross Winney’s conversion fell inches wide to keep the score at 12-13.

Things looked to turn around for the home side, after Sam Moss put the Blues ahead for the first time in the game, the home side leading 17-13.

A dubious yellow card for Tom Eaton left Macclesfield with 14 men on the pitch, which the Bee’s capitalised on by scoring eight points just before the whistle was blown for half-time.

A nervy start to the second half saw another penalty go Birmingham’s way, providing more easy points for the Bee’s number 10.

The home side worked well to move the ball up the field but some poor decision making cost the side a chance for a try.

After regaining possession a piercing run from Richard Hughes gave Macclesfield the advantage they needed, from which they gained a valuable three points.

Shortly afterwards Birmingham winger John Lowdon put the game beyond doubt with a converted try on the hour mark, who, alongside a pair of Woodrow penalties , put the visitors

11 points ahead.

Macclesfield dominated the final ten minutes, looking desperately for a way back into the match; however even with Martin Kent’s try the response was too late in the game to make a difference.

Daniel Hawkes drop goal in extra time rounded off a disappointing result for Macclesfield, recording their third consecutive defeat against relegation favourites Birmingham & Solihull.

Blues Director of Rugby and Head Coach Geoff Wappett said after the game: “it wasn’t just the result; the performance was not what we wanted.

“We were just making life so difficult for ourselves and you can’t win games like that. We knew they had a good goal-kicker and we give away two stupid penalties early doors.

“We’re turning the ball over with great regularity, conceding penalties with great regularity, and so you’re going to lose, it all adds up to the same thing.”

Looking ahead to the Blue’s next fixture, away at Blackheath on the 24th March Wappett was keen to turn the side’s poor run of form around:

“We’ve got a week to gather ourselves and then we have to get our act together. We’re missing a few players and we can’t seem to tick as well without them and I can’t put my finger on why this is.”

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