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Captain Eaton Secures Promotion!

Macclesfield Captain Tom Eaton scored the promotion clinching try in a 28-24 defeat away to Darlington Mowden Park.

The captain’s last gasp try ensured the title was Macclesfield’s in what was a Hollywood finish to the game. The Blues captain felt his team looked down and out at half time but showed true grit and determination to fight back and secure the all-important bonus points:

“I didn’t think we were going to do it at half time. I thought we were struggling. Credit to our boys, what an effort second half, I was out on my feet at times and I was just stood at ten, I wasn’t in the carrying that Mantell, Moss, Dean and Billy were doing, to name a few.”

Despite the loss the Blues finished top of the league and Eaton felt it reflected the consistent performances of his side:

“When you have a last game like that its working out who has been best over the entire season. It wasn’t just about that game, it was about that and 29 others where we have amassed more points than anyone.”

Macclesfield will be playing their rugby in national one next year, a very high level but captain Eaton believes the Blues have what it takes:

“National One is where we should be as a side and a group of players. It’s where all these players should aspire to play at, at least! We are better than this division and we have proved that, rugby is about playing at as higher level as you can, I hope we retain as many players as we can and we’ll be successful next year.”

Tom was quick to thank Geoff Wappett and Andy Northey for their time at the club and what they have done for Macclesfield:

“I’ve worked with them since I was 18. I’ve learnt a lot as a rugby player and a person. They’ve had a big effect on my life and also a lot of the other players’ too, they may not understand it yet but they will have affected theirs. How they carry themselves in everything they do. I really can’t thank them enough.”

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