Bottom side Macclesfield were looking for their first home win of the season as travellers Wharfedale who lay third bottom visited Priory Park in search of their first ever win away at The Blues. The Blues were boosted by being able to welcome back Ollie Fewtrell and Billy Robinson back into their starting line-up.
It took just 8 minutes for the first try of the game to be scored, and it went to the visitors. Wharfedale built up some strong phases of play and then shipped the ball out wide to open the scores.
Macclesfield responded on 15 minutes, some fantastic play creating a move that started deep in their own half ended with leading scorer Matt King diving into the corner.
After some good possession from The Blues where they built some good phases but to be denied by some impressive Wharfedale defence. The score came on 36 minutes, a long period of scrummaging deep in the Macclesfield half ended in ‘Dale barging over for the score, Burridge claiming his second of the afternoon.
Macclesfield responded immediately, Ollie Fewtrell getting the score on his return to the side. Another fantastic score from Macclesfield, slicing open the Wharfedale defence, Jordan Brookes made the initial break and offloaded for Fewtrell to power through the gap with just a couple of minutes to play in the second half.
The Blues still had time left in the half to ensure that they went into half time with the lead. Leading try scorer Matt King benefitting from a strong line break and offload from Fewtrell, the two scorers had been the thorn in the visitors side throughout the first half, 17-12.
The game changed dramatically in second half, as discipline throughout the half eventually cost Macclesfield the game. The first Blues player to see yellow was prop Billy Robinson with 48 minutes on the clock.
The visitors kicked on from here, firstly adding three from the boot of Davidson.
The Blues then lost Fewtrell to the bin and the visitors capitalised shortly after with a try from Matt Beesley, and another penalty from Davidson.
Macc lost Fewtrell to the bin just as Robinson was returning and ‘Dale capitalised shortly after, a try from Beesley was followed by another penalty from Davidson.
Wharfedale extended their lead on 70 minutes with another converted try, this score seeminly took the game out of Macclesfield’s reach, 17-32.
With fifteen back on the pitch, Macclesfield began to dominate possession once again, this time some good phases ending with full back Rhodri Mayor diving into the corner to secure a bonus point, this was the final action of the game, 24-32 full time.