Macclesfield Colts scored two tries in each half in a fine away win against Southport. Scrum half Harry Grant produced a man of the match performance, proving a vital link between the forwards and back line, also sneaking over for a try of his own towards the end of the first half. Lewis Pierce opened the scoring after a sweeping move started by Callum Davies, helped along the way by Matt Price and Harry. Josh Hunt crossed the line for the third try, straight from the kick off for the second half. Mike Green capped the performance off, cutting an inside line off a reverse pass from Fly half Tom Leicester. Ollie Aston converted the place kicks.
The Blues soaked up the early pressure from Southport, then started to get into their game. Ben made good yards from the back of the scrum giving the team some impetus and field position. Exploiting an advantage, Callum D made a break down the right wing. Matt and Harry were in support, swapping passes back to Callum. Lewis P had been tracking the move and popped up to take the final pass, then dab the ball over the line for the opening score. Ben won possession back and started another move to the right. Callum streaked down the wing, but unfortunately put his foot in touch on his way to grounding the ball over the line. The forwards kept Southport pinned back in their twenty two, eventually winning back possession. After a number of probes around the fringes of a ruck, Harry found a gap to squeeze over, putting the Blues into double figures. Ollie converted from in front of the posts. The Blues were the put back into defensive duties. Clearance kicks from Aled and Harry kept the opposition at bay, along with Charlie stealing possession in midfield.
The Blues kicked off the second half , regaining possession from their own kick and driving the opposition pack into their twenty two. Aled fielded a clearance kick above his head, then fed Josh on the inside. Josh’s run, then persistence in the tackle enabled him to reach over the line for the next score, two phases after he came on as sub. Two promising chances were foiled by foul play, as the Blues continued to pressure. Rob charged down a kick, then was held back as he looked to exploit the space in front of him. Aled chipped the ball ahead, and was in a foot race with the scrum half and full back for possession, until his progress was hindered. Ollie made sure of the three points from the following penalty. Mike scored the final try, cutting a delicious line off an inside pass from Tom, after the dummy switch with Charlie had pulled the defence left, leaving a hole for Mike to run under the posts unchallenged. Ollie converted again.
The Blues put in a pleasing defensive display and showed that training together is starting to pay dividends in their attacking play.
Squad: (1) Adam Grindrod (2) Rob Davies (3) Lewis Jones (4) Lewis Pierce (5) Joe Stubbs (6) Callum Wright (7) Matt Price (8) Ben Hadfield (9) Harry Grant (10) Tom Leicester (11) Callum Davies (12) Charlie Davies (13) Mike Green (14) Ollie Aston (15) Aled Williams (16) Josh Hunt (17) Liam Cole
Try: Lewis Pierce (4) – 10m, Try: Harry Grant (9) – 22m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14)
Try: Josh Hunt (16) – 1m, Penalty: Ollie Aston (14) – 17m, Try: Mike Green (13) – 22m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14)