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Birmingham Solihull 17 – 22 The Blues

The Blues come from behind to overcome a potential banana skin, beating Birmingham Solihull 17 – 22 at Portway on Saturday.

With a strong tailwind the hosts enjoyed the majority of the territory in the first half. They made that count with three penalties from fly half Adam Canning inside the first 30 minutes.

The Blues had their chances in that period but mistakes coupled with some committed Bees defence stunted any momentum. Macclesfield eventually got on the scoreboard thanks to a simple penalty from skipper Tom Eaton.

Canning extended his side’s lead back to 9 with a drop goal five minutes before half time and the scores at half time favoured the hosts 12 – 3.

Ten minutes into the second half it was all Blues and they used the now favourable wind to get field position. Tom Eaton made a fantastic break to get it to the Bees 5 metre line and it was big Dean Williams who crashed over.

The hosts hit back straight away with a powerful driving maul that had been a weapon of theirs all day. This time the Blues had no answer and Chris Goddard picked up the try.

Tom Mantell was rewarded for his once again tireless display with a five-pointer after some immense pressure from the Blues and it was 17 – 17 heading into the final quarter.

The crucial score came with 10 minutes to go when replacement flanker Chris Jones powered his was over from close range and the hosts looked beaten.

However they refused to lie down and the final ten minutes were nervy for the visitors but they held on to run out victors and stay top of the league.

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