The Blues impressed on Saturday against local rivals Sedgley Park to record their sixth win in as many months, their defensive display in particular kept the Tigers at bay, who managed to put five tries past Macc in the reverse fixture back in September.
The 39-17 away loss back at the start of the season paved the way for a difficult first few months, and the side proved how much they have improved since then as new players have settled and the injuries have become less frequent and severe.
The win takes us closer to spending another year in the National League 1, and if the Blues can keep up their good form in 2013 then I don’t see why we can’t end the season in the clear.
There was a slight scare before the game as centre Tom Davenport suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up, forcing Geoff Wappett to alter his side minutes before the kick-off, however the replacement Matt King had an impressive game and took his two tries well.
Some of those in the crowd might not have recognised our number 3, Ricky Stout, who has come back from Rotherham on loan and will provide another option at prop.
It was also encouraging to see Chris Jones have a run-out in the 2s this Saturday as he makes his way back to featuring in the Blues plans after his horrific injury last year.
Next week the Blues travel to Loughborough Students and for those that can remember the bitter defeat at home after leading for the majority of the game, a win away will certainly be satisfying.
The Students have very much been a mid-table side for the majority of the season, consistently beating teams in the bottom half of the table but dropping points to those challenging for promotion.
Nonetheless, Loughborough have lost two and won once in 2013, and it will be hard to predict the score against a team that has such a large selection of players.
Loughborough Students were without a game on Saturday, however 13th placed Wharfedale lost 25-21 away at Fylde, and Tynedale in 12th were beaten 33-20 by Cinderford.
Blackheath picked up a shock 21-20 victory away at Blaydon, whilst Rosslyn Park won 16-3 at Coventry.
Ealing Trailfinders stay top after beating Richmond 34-17, and finally Old Albanians narrowly beat Esher 21-20.
The Lions picked up another win over the weekend, beating Caldy 23-12. 2s Coach Paul Bartle said it was: “A really solid performance by another young side against Caldy to seal another victory for the 2s.
“An excellent scrummage set the platform for the day and the backs ran hard when they got to chance. A welcome return to Chris Jones in the back row who was influential if a little tired!”
The 3s were beaten 22-14 by Widnes, while the 4s enjoyed a 34-0 victory against Bowden. The Vets were without a game.