Chester 26 – 36 Lions, One for Bartle

This week the Lions visited Chester in an attempt to continue their good form from last week and obtain another important win, Chester away is never an easy fixture so a good performance was vital. The Lions fielded a strong team and over the last couple of weeks have started to see some consistency in important positions, Board returned from injury to once again partner Dewers in the centres, Walker returned to scrum half and for the first time this season there were difficult decisions to be made in the front row.

It is safe to say that the Lions will not face many bigger sides this season, Chester had put out a significantly sized set of forwards along with an extremely bulky back line, the Lions knew that this week their strength would lie in their fitness. The game started well for the Lions, they faced a long and fairly steep slope in the first half, the long grass made running rugby difficult as Hardwick discovered when he almost got lost in the grass, but the forwards from the outset began to put quite a few phases together, unfortunately Macclesfield seemed to be one phase short of the first try. The Lions took a blow when 8 minutes into the first half their Captain, Roberts was sidelined with a hamstring injury, luckily Longmore was able to step into the fly half position and Kennedy came on at full back, however this did leave the Lions with 2 front row replacements on the bench and as the game went on they would both be needed.

It was not long after this that the Lions went over for their first try in the corner after some good phase play. Not long before the half time whistle the Lions received another blow when Kennedy went off injured with what looked to be quite a nasty knee injury, after some shuffling around and moving fox onto the wing the Lions managed another 3 tries, two of which Longmore converted, Chester managed two tries of their own with and with one conversion the half time score was 12-24 in favour of the Lions. First half scorers for the Lions were Hardwick and Laing who managed a first half hat-trick.

The Lions came out after half time conscious that the game was by no means won, Chester had not yet lay down and would prove difficult to overcome in the second half. Before long Chester worked themselves right back into the game, they scored another two converted tries and the Lions managed one unconverted try which took the scores to 29-26. At this point the game was in the balance, luckily the Lions bucked up their ideas and gained control of the game. The second half saw numerous players struggle with injuries but with 3 injured players already off the field none of them could go off, the Lions managed another converted try before full time which opened up a ten point gap and proved to be enough for the win. Second half tries came from Taylor (the old one) and Alex Smith who had yet another impressive game.

Overall it was a good result for the Lions, there is some consistency creeping into their play and it will be important to carry on the good from into the next few weeks. There were particularly good performances from Hardwick, Laing, Walker and Smith, along with good performances from most other players. A special thanks must go to Bartle who despite extremely difficult circumstances still found time to help during the week.

Man of the Match: Laing

Team: Luckett, Taylor, Travis, McCarthy, Rawles, Laing, Fox, Smith, Walker, Roberts, Board, Dewers, Hardwick, Taylor, Longmore.

Reserves: Kennedy, Curtis, Davenport

Next week the Lions welcome Liverpool St Helens to Priory Park


👏11 players 1 coach & TR from Macc involved in the final at HQ! 8 of the lads have come from our Mini & Youth section 💥The County XV to take on Oxfordshire at Twickenham Stadium tomorrow!All are welcome to travel to HQ to support the lads, and if that's not possible, it will be livestreamed on England Rugby Youtube! 📺 I’m sure you will join us in wishing the Macc lads and the Cheshire RFU squad all the best 👏👏🏆#macclesfield #local #community #rugby #CountyRugby #cheshire #maccrugby ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
🗣️Another 2 class acts are in for 24/25 🏉Danny has been a growing talent for the past few seasons and is now ready to fire into National League Rugby! 💥 All rounder Phil Laing is absolutely brilliant wherever he plays, a true club man and he’s ready to go! 💪Danny is kindly sponsored by the Mayfield’s 🙏Phil is open to sponsor 📧 #macclesfield #local #community #rugby #oneclub #maccrugby National League Rugby ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
We still have places left for teams to get involved 🔗BOOK NOW:👀💰 £600 Prize for the Men’s Open & £250 for the women’s 7s winners! 🤩🥇🏆Don’t miss a great day of Rugby 🏉 & sport including our new 5 a side football ⚽️ offer! Also Lacrosse🥍 will be full swing on the Saturday for anyone interested in seeing what it’s all about! #rugby #rugbysevens #rugby7s #cashprizes #WalkingRugby #womensrugby #communityrugby #football #lacrosse #Macclesfield #cheshire #rugbyclub #camping ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
The End of Season Awards were presented at the End of Season Ball 2024 - a fantastic evening celebrating the end of a successful season which saw the 1st XV crowned champions of Premier North and promoted to National League Rugby 2 West. Our Macclesfield Womens Rugby XV went (virtually) undefeated and will now move into their first league from the 24/25 season and the 2nd / 3rd Xv celebrated their league achievements too! With thanks to all who attended - and all our supporters and sponsors throughout the year. The event was held in aid of the Cardiac Risk in the Young - Onwards we go into the 150th year for the Club and bring on season 2024/25!!!Full list of winners below!Chairman’s Player of the Season 23/24 - Tom Burden 1stXV Players Player 23/24 - Harry Blackwell 1stXV Coaches Player 23/24 - Harry Blackwell 1stXV Most Improved 23/24 - Tom Jennings 2ndXV Players Player 23/24 - Ted Broadley2ndXV Coaches Player 23/24 - Hector Tomlinson 2ndXV Most Improved 23/24 - Carl Droy 2ndXV Young Player 23/24 - Haydn Keogh 3rdXV Players Player 23/24 - Mathew Price3rdXV Most Improved 23/24 - Rupert Dixon 3rdXV Captains Player 23/24 - Mike Dale Women’s Players Player 23/24 - Tiegan Shaw Women’s Players Player 23/24 - Liz JarrattWomen’s Coaches Player 23/24 - Julia Ashford Women’s Most Improved 23/24 - Annie James Bert Ashley tankard 23/24 - Mel BramleyWomen’s Best Newcomer 23/24 - Chloe Newbigging ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
🗣️Welcome to the club Dan Leake, the ex Rotherham Titans & Sale FC winger will be aiming to pile up the points from September. 📈The club wishes you all the best Dan!👍👏💥Become Dan’s sponsor and get a shout out every time he scores or is mentioned on our feeds. 📧 #welcome #macclesfield #community #rugby #oneclub #newsigning #newkidintown #support #sponsorship #opportunity ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
    Your Basket
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop