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Luctonians 10 – 69 The Blues

Macclesfield ran in 11 tries during a 10 – 69 rout against Luctonians at Mortimer Park on Saturday.

Matt King opened the scoring for the Blues after just five minutes with his eighth try of the season. The forwards kept hold of the ball well in the Luctonians 22 and created plenty of space out wide for King to exploit.

Six minutes later centre Elliot Brierley scored his first of three tries on the day, going over in the same corner as King did earlier before Luctonians hit back with a try of their own. The scores were 5 – 12 after the first quarter, then four tries in ten minutes put the Blues in a commanding position.

After 21 minutes Greg Mellor made a great break from fullback to set up an attacking opportunity, the visitors kept their composure and it was left to prop Billy Robinson to charge to the line from 15 metres out.

A Tom Eaton offload started a flowing move in which both forwards and backs displayed good hands, eventually the ball reached Brierley who racing away from the defence and crossed for his second of the day.

Prolific back rower Ryan Parkinson turned provider for the next two tries with offloads to Dave Blackwell and Joe Murray who both managed to force their way to the line from close range.

In the minutes before half time Luctonians prop Antony Marfell was given a red card for head butting a Macclesfield player, meaning the hosts would be down to 14 men for the rest of the game. The scores at half time were 5 – 36 in favour of the league leaders.

After half time the Blues showed no signs of letting up. Eight minutes into the second half the home team tried to take a short drop out, but Dave Marwick threw out a right hand, picked it off and strided to the line.

Minutes later Ed Stobart got in on the action to score his 11th try of the season. A brilliant break from hooker Blackwell got the Blues in behind and when the ball was shipped wide, Stobart ran a great line to carve through the disorganised defence.

Matt King was sent to the sin bin on the hour mark after an accumulation of team infringements and the hosts took advantage and grabbed a second try to make it 10 – 50.

With ten minutes remaining Ryan Parkinson stepped up to score his weekly try. After being held up over the line, the number eight controlled the ball well at the back of the resulting scrum and dived over from close range.

With a prop sent off and another forward in the sin bin, the hosts’ scrum was down to just six players. With five minutes remaining the Blues pushed a scrum 20 metres to the line before the referee went under the sticks to award the penalty try.

With the last play of the game Brierley rounded off his hat trick. The ball popped out the side of a ruck on the Blues 10 metre line and the centre picked it up and jogged to the try line to dot it down. The final score 10 – 69 and Macclesfield stay top of National 2 North.

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