Chester played host to a spectacular day of rugby as they played host to both Cleckheaton and Macclesfield. Each playing 40 minutes against each other.
National One’s Macclesfield made their first appearance of the day against Chester. The Blues were first on the score sheet after building good pressure inside the Chester 22. Scrum Half, Jordan Brookes spotted and opportunity and quick stepped around the fringe to get over the line.
Chester responded almost immediately as a charged down kick bobbled over the line and a red body was the first to pounce on top of the ball, leaving it 5-7 to Macclesfield after ten minutes.
A Chester man was sent to the bin for stopping what would surely be a Macclesfield try by tackling Brierley off the ball. The Blues took advantage of the extra man immediately as they took a catch and drive line out over the home try line.
Macclesfield’s Chris Jones was then sent to the sin bin for his first infringement at the breakdown and Chester wasted no time with their now extra man as they took a line out over the try line, leaving the score at 12-12 after 40 minutes.
Macclesfield took on Cleckheaton after the break and made a few changes at the break, including the entire front row and a change at number 10 as Tom Eaton left the field to be replaced by Josh Hodgkinson.
It took 20 minutes for the first score after what was a scrappy period of play. Cleckheaton were first on the score board after a well worked move from the back of a line out.
The Blues responded ten minutes later. Captain Mike Finnemore lead by example to force his way through the gain line to smash over the line. Platt-Hughes converted the score to give The Blues the lead.
Shortly after Finnemore’s score Cleckheaton lost a player to a yellow card and Macc began to look to push on. Although, this didn’t go to plan as Cleckheaton were to score next, a perfectly weighted cross kick was caught out wide and taken over The Blues’ try line. The score was not converted meaning this was still only a three point game.
It looked as if the Blues were heading for defeat, but with the final play of the game, Matt O’Regan cut a perfect line against the grain to secure the win for Macclesfield.
Another good work out for Macclesfield as they build up for their first game in National One on the 6th September against Richmond at Priory Park.