The Blues kicked off 2014 with the maximum thanks to five second half tries in a 17 – 37 victory over Hull at a gloomy Ferens Ground.
The first half was a bit of a non-event, Hull opened the scoring with an early penalty but that was soon cancelled out by two three-pointers thanks to the boot of Tom Eaton.
The visitors never got into their stride in the first 40, little errors halted any rhythm they were trying to build and it was the same for the hosts. Neither team was really causing the other any concern apart from the odd line break, which were few and far between.
The score at halftime was 3 – 6 in favour of the Blues.
However in the second half the league leaders sprung into life and early on the crowd witnessed the first try of the game. Macclesfield turned the ball over just outside the hosts’ 22 and it was shipped wide when Ed Stobart cut a lovely angle and scythed through the defence to score.
That score kicked off a ruthless 30 minutes for the Blues and it wasn’t long before they were over again. This time it was all about the pack, some good work from the big men made the hard yards and it was left to Mike Finnemore to force his way over in the corner.
On the hour mark Stobart was over for his second of the match. Again the ball was coughed up by Hull, this time some slick handling from the backline put the winger on the outside and he raced to the corner to score his 14th of the season.
The Blues continued to dominate the possession and the territory, which resulted in the bonus point coming with 15 minutes left to play. With the ball in the Hull 22, the Macclesfield pack kept it to themselves and attacked around the fringes. Eventually it was up to Dave Marwick to rumble his way over and ensure the Blues claimed all five leauge points.
But they weren’t done there, yet more possession in their opposition half led to Tom Eaton throwing a beautifully whipped miss pass that put Matt O’Regan in space on the outside. The back had a clear run in to the line to score on his return to the first team after having 11 weeks out thanks to a fractured cheek.
With five minutes to go Hull refused to lie down and there was time left for them to get two scores. A break out wide saw the hosts race down the far touchline, with the try line at their mercy fullback O’Regan made a high tackle and the referee awarded a penalty try. O’regan was also sin binned for the offence.
In the last play of the game the hosts broke up field again and went in under the sticks but it was too little, too late. The conversion was the last act of the game and the Blues ran out 17 – 37 winners to stay top of the league.