Lions 49 – 12 Stockport, A feisty local derby

Macclesfield Lions vs Stockport was just one of 4 games taking place on a busy afternoon at Priory Park last Saturday. After only ten minutes of rugby two weeks ago and a less than satisfactory win last week against Altrincham Kersal the Lions were keen to put a decent performance together.

The Lions started into a stiff breeze and up a slight slope and really took the game to Stockport, it was not long before the Lions went over after some good phase play. The Macclesfield forwards really improved on their recent performances and were putting the ball on a plate for scrum half Baxter, the scrum was operating well and the Stockport front row were finding it difficult to cope with the power coming from the Macclesfield pack. As soon as the Lions reached the fourth or fifth phase they were creating some real scoring opportunities unfortunately they were not all being capitalised upon.

At half time Stockport were still in the game after scoring a couple of first half tries. Macclesfield had played well during the first 40 minutes but had given away far too many penalties which had given Stockport the territory to build their scores.

Macclesfield started the second half well, the centre pairing of Haigh and Brierly were breaking through well created gaps and King and Hardwick were supporting well running some fantastic lines. Baxter and Roberts were marshalling extremely well and the team were responding. During the second half Stockport didn’t look like scoring at all even though the penalty count was preposterously in favour of them and with Macclesfield being reduced to 14 after having a man sent off.

This week Macclesfield kept their foot on the gas and were well disciplined in their play, Smith had yet another good game at the back of the scrum, the evergreen Taylor lead the pack well. The good performance came off the back of a good week on the training field. It is important that the Lions have another good week of training in preparation for a league and cup double against LSH this weekend.

Man of the Match: Baxter

Team: Stout, Taylor, Luckett, McCarthy, Rawles, Clowes, Smith, Ed, Baxter, Roberts, Haigh, Brierly, Hardwick, King, Ash.

Reserves: Davenport, Dewars, Morrison

Next week the Lions welcome LSH in a league and cup double

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