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Blues 73 – 3 Dudley Kingswinford

Top of the table Macclesfield ran in 11 tries in a 73 – 3 rout against Dudley Kingswinford at Priory Park on Saturday.

Pacey Blues winger Matt King got his team off to the ideal start, grabbing himself a brace of tries inside the opening six minutes. Tom Mantell was dragged over by a rumbling driving maul ten minutes later giving the hosts a 21 – 0 lead after the opening quarter.

Midway through the first half Kieran Pinches kicked a simple three points for the visitors, but that was to be the first and last time Dudley would trouble the scorers.

The bonus point was wrapped up inside half an hour and it came from the power of the Blues pack. They pushed over from a five metre scrum and all number eight Frankie Barker had to do was control the ball and fall on it over the line.

With ten minutes left in the half, King rounded off his hat trick thanks to a lovely break from young George Baxter. The scrum half fed King the ball and all he had to do was carry it to the line and touch it down.

As the clock winded towards half time it was a question of not if, but by how many points Macclesfield would win this game, and there was time for one more try in the half.

The pack showed their dominance with another powerful driving maul on the stroke of the half, this time Dave Marwick was the man to claim the five pointer. That try meant the score at the break was 40 – 3 in favour of the hosts.

Marwick was at it again shortly after the break as the Blues showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal. The second row dived over from close range to claim his second try of the game.

In the 55th minute Tom Davenport took it upon himself to crash over for a try after the forwards continually battered the Dudley try line. He ran hard and direct and carried over some tired defenders with him and the visitors’ resolve appeared diminished.

Marwick then turned provider for the ninth try, he broke through the tackle and managed to offloaded to Ashley Platt-Hughes who rounded the full back nicely for his try.

Elliot Brierley carved through the defence and left a handful of would be tacklers in his wake to score the penultimate try, before Ed Stobart ended the scoring five minutes from time with a try of his own. In the end the Blues ran out 73 – 3 winners.

This week the Blues travel to Stourbridge to take on their top of the table rivals, who themselves continued their unbeaten run against Leicester Lions, 3 – 20 the score.

Elsewhere in the club, the Lions beat Burnage away 63 – 22, the third team were also on the road against Whitchurch but lost 43 – 0. Also at Priory Park, the fourth team beat Old Bedians 25 – 22.


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