Game plans, match fitness and marginal gains: August at Macclesfield Rugby Club

It’s August already: how time flies. For some that word will bring a sense of fear and foreboding as that can only mean one thing – family holidays. Well, fear not. Here’s something to cheer you up and get you through those trying times: the new season is only a matter of weeks away. That news has to lighten the soul of any Macclesfield Blues supporter. Whilst we’ve been sitting in the sun and spending ‘quality’ time with the family, Geoff and the boys have been hard at work. From now on in training is focused on bringing the game plan together, getting match fit and making those final ‘marginal gains’ necessary to ensure the team hits the ground running on 7th September at Priory par when they take on one of National League 2’s danger teams, Darlington Mowden Park.

If you’re itching to get amongst the action and feel you’ll struggle to last the month without your rugby fix, then we’ve got some more good news for you – the Blues will be playing a number of friendlies throughout the course of August to ensure they are ready to go when the season finally starts.

First up will be a home match against Burnage on Wednesday, 21st August. Kick off starts at 7.00 pm and entry is free if you fancy popping along. Burnage who ply their trade in National League 3 North ended last year’s competition strongly, finishing fourth in a highly competitive league topped by Chester. Under coach, Wayne Morris, Burnage will be sure to give the Blues a good run for their money.

Next up will be a triangular competition featuring the Blues, Loughborough Students and Rotherham. The matches will be played on Saturday, 24th August, with a 2.00 pm kick off for the ‘A’ team, and a 3.00 pm kick off for the Blues. Entry is £5.00: children up to the age of 16 are free. Rotherham Titans, coached by Lee Blackett, will provide a stern test for the Blues, having finished 7th in last Championship. It will be good to welcome back old boys Tom Cruse, Charlie Mulchrone and Rikki Stout; though we can only hope they don’t manage to produce the type of form we became accustomed to when they plied their trade at Priory Park. Loughborough Students need no introduction to the supporters at Priory Park. Newly promoted last season to National 1, they had a successful year under Head Coach, Davis Morris, and finished a credible 7th in what was a highly competitive league.

The final 2 warm up games will be played at home against Wilmslow on Tuesday, 27th August, kick off 7.00 pm with free entry, and away to Rossendale on Saturday, 31st August with kick off yet to be confirmed. Wilmslow Wolves, coached by Brendan Thomas, ply their trade in the North West 1, and finished 7th overall in a league dominated by Sale FC. Rossendale, coached by Tim Fourie, play in National League 3 North, and like Burnage will no doubt be eager to get one over on the Blues at Newchurch Road.

This season will be crucial for Macclesfield Blues. If we play to our potential then there is no reason why we can’t bounce straight back up to National League 1. But the team will need your support more than ever. Geoff and the squad are counting on you – our sixteenth man- to give them the edge during the coming campaign. The team will most definitely be ready: the question is, will you?

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