Macclesfield Blues have had to come from behind for the third week in a row to beat Bromsgrove 43 – 34 in an exciting 11 try thriller at Priory Park on Saturday.
Inside the very first minute, the visitors pounced on an unforgiving bounce in the Macclesfield 22 and Philip Horton crossed to give Grove the dream start.
It didn’t take the Blues long to hide their stride and within minutes they were in the ascendency. Ed Stobart scored the first of 7 tries for the hosts after eight minutes. The forwards held on to the ball well and went through some good phases before releasing the backline and Stobart crossed for the five-pointer.
Within three minutes Macclesfield were charging up field again and some good offloading led to Billy Robinson crashing over from close range to put the Blues in the driving seat.
Blues openside Ryan Parkinson continued is fine try-scoring form and grabbed his sixth try in five games midway through the first half after some more great offloading.
Two penalties from Jonathon Critchlow brought the visitors to within striking distance, and a breakaway try from Will Crane on the half hour mark put Bromsgrove into a 15 – 20 lead and that’s how the scores stayed until half time.
The hosts began the second half much like they ended the first and piled on the pressure in the opening stages. Within two minutes of the second 40 Matt O’Regan was over the whitewash to wrap up the bonus point and send the Blues back in to the lead.
Minutes later Ashley Platt-Hughes benefitted from a nice break and offload from Ed Stobart on the 50 minutes mark and the hosts were cruising.
Try scorer Parkinson turned provider to send second row Dave Marwick over the try line to give the Blues plenty of breathing space, the scores were 36 – 20 heading into the final quarter.
Pacey centre Elliot Brierley was on the end of it all after the hosts broke out from their own half and sealed the victory with ten minutes left on the clock.
But it was the visitors who finished stronger, two late tries from scrum half Josh De Cothi earned Bromsgrove a well-deserved bonus point.
Bromsgrove took just the one bonus point and the final score was 43 – 34, seven tries for the Blues mean it’s five bonus point wins in five games.
The visitors deserve huge credit for they way they performed and more than played their part in an entertaining game of rugby. In the end the Blues just had too much power and the forwards did a lot of the hard graft creating the space out wide.
League leaders Stourbridge won comfortably beating Preston Grasshoppers 44 – 6. This means that Macclesfield currently sit second in the league behind Stourbridge on points difference.
Elsewhere in the club, the Lions lost away to Fylde 68 – 21, the thirds won at home against University of Liverpool Vets 18 – 15 and the fourth team lost away 28 – 13 at Moore.