After a gruelling battle on Saturday against Tynedale the Blues have managed to pick up their ninth win of the season and now sit just four points away from Wharfedale in 13th place.
Many observers would have written Macclesfield’s chances of survival off at the Christmas break, stuck at the bottom of the table and struggling to pick up points, however after four wins on the bounce the team has shown great determination to prove why they deserve to stay in this league.
A late penalty was the difference in the last two games, while the last three games have come down to a margin of 3 points.
It is positive to see the Blues picking up more bonus points as well; an area in which we have struggled in for the majority of the season.
With the end of the season just around the corner the Blues will be looking to keep up this momentum and claim all the points they can as they approach their final eight matches.
Macclesfield will be targeting wins in the upcoming home games against Coventry and Fylde, while they also have to make the trip away to Wharfedale.
Away games at Blackheath, next week’s opposition Richmond, and Blaydon on the final day of the season will all prove to be very difficult games, however the tenacity shown in the last few games to never give up and come from behind to take victories proves that the Blues are not to be taken lightly by any side.
While defensively there were areas to improve on in Saturday’s game, there were several impressive attacking performances; for example Dave Marwick did well to score his second try in two games, and full-back Ed Styles looked quick and sharp as he scored twice on his debut.
Frankie Barker was a welcome sight to see as he returned to the starting line-up after missing the last few games due to injury, while Tom Davenport had another good game as he gets back to full fitness.
Tom Cruse started at hooker in for the injured Sam Moss, while Matt O’Regan moved from centre to wing as Ed Stobart is still out of action.
Next week the Blues travel down to London as they take on Richmond. In the first half of the season Richmond were able to beat Macclesfield 19-15 in what was a closely contested match.
Rosslyn Park beat Richmond this Saturday at home 28-20, while Wharfedale were beaten 41-13 away at Ealing.
Loughborough Students picked up a shock 42-27 win at Blaydon, as Old Albanians and Fylde both won by one point away, Fylde winning 24-23 at Coventry, Old Albanians beating Sedgley Park 39-38.
And lastly, Cambridge were beaten 58-26 at home against Blackheath after conceding ten tries.
The Lions were beaten this weekend by Preston Grasshoppers, the final score coming to 36-27, while the 3s also lost, 67-15 against Wirral.
The 4s were more fortunate as they won 34-26 against Winnington Park, as the Vets also beat Didsbury 26-23.