News from the Blues – 14th April

There are often times when a score is a true reflection of a match between two sides but the 39-0 scoreline between Blues and Jersey certainly wasn’t one of those.

The Islanders are a good side without question, but they weren’t 39 points better on the day and they certainly shouldn’t have had a whitewash in the process.

It wasn’t a case of Jersey winning the game but more Blues losing it, which is perhaps the most frustrating thing of all.

It is a hard enough ask to travel across the Channel to face a formidable test in front of the largest crowd of any match this season, but when you are handing the opposition easy scores, the task goes from tough to impossible in a matter of phases.

Every defeat is painful, and the players would be lying if they said they weren’t hurting after a defeat, but to lose in this manner stings 10 times more than anything else.

There are only two games left now and it has been a gruelling season, but there is plenty to be played for in terms of pride when we come out at Priory Park for the final game of the season against Cinderford.

Cinderford have had a mixed time of it this season; much like us, but have shown some superb form in the second half of the season and will provide Blues with a stern test.

That being said, the lads are wounded after the Jersey match and will be looking for a reaction, and that will hopefully come at Priory Park.

Blues won the reverse fixture earlier in the season with Jack Moorhouse the star of the show.

Let’s hope for a big crowd and a massive support for Blues in their final outing at home this season – as well as hopefully a repeat of the earlier result.

Around the ground, and seconds edged a tight encounter 18-14 at home to local rivals Preston Grasshoppers.

In a busy week for the thirds, they were unable to build on Monday’s victory against Rossendale as they went down 36-19 away at Aldwinians.

The fourths have also had a hectic time of things this week but were slightly more fortunate with two comprehensive wins; first on Monday beating Holmes Chapel away 41-3, before inflicting a 63-5 drubbing on Congleton at Priory Park.

All in all then, a mixed week for Macc but a positive one nonetheless and as always, let’s hope all of our teams have more success in the final weeks of their respective seasons.

Elsewhere in National One, Blackheath continued their fine form beating Fylde 59-24, while Ealing kept the pressure on table-topping Jersey with a comprehensive 55-33 win over Coventry.

Cinderford outplayed struggling Tynedale to win 43-14, Rosslyn Park piled the pain on Birmingham 34-19 and Blaydon put Sedgley Park to the sword, coming through 41-19 away from home.

With both sides already relegated Stourbridge edged the dead rubber between Barking 29-22, while Wharfedale came through against Cambridge 31-24.

All signs point to Jersey finishing top of the pile and playing Championship rugby next season, but Ealing will do everything they can to the spoil the party.

It will interesting see if they do go up, whether or not they will manage to stay up and if so will they prosper or struggle like last year’s promoted side London Scottish.


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