Macclesfield travelled south to face fellow strugglers Cinderford in the hunt for their second away victory of the season and also to begin to close the gap on the rest as we reach the half way point of the season.
The Blues were without captain Mike Finnemore and vice-captain Jordan Brookes as they made the trip, but experienced head and last year’s captain Tom Eaton skippered the side from scrum half with Adam Greendale at fly-half with scrum half Ollie Chambers returning from his travels to fill a spot on the bench.
Macc, however did not get the start they required and found themselves 7-0 down after two minutes. Some fast link up play saw the hosts go from one end of the pitch to the other and finish in the corner, all be it with . Gloucester dual registered fly half, Mark Davies began a superb performance with a cracking conversion from the touch line.
Cinderford crossed again five minutes later, number 8, Evans showing some good footwork combined with power to break two tackles and go over in the corner, Davies again slotting the kick to put Cinderford 14-0 up after just 7 minutes.
Cinderford grabbed their third try on 12 minutes and heaped pressure on a Macc side who failed to come out of the blocks. Davies was having a good day with ball in hand aswell as he pulled the strings, identifying space to get his team out wide and cross again in the corner. Once again completing the score with the extras.
On the 20 minute mark Cinderford made it 28-0 and secured the bonus point. Davies provider again, he executed a cross kick perfectly all winger Sam Baker had to do was catch and touch down as Cinderford continued to dominate The Blues.
Five minutes later, an identical score was completed, Davies once again providing the cross field kick for the score, the conversion from Davies made it 35-0 as he continued his perfect afternoon with the boot.
This was the final score before the break and The Blues finally enjoyed some possession of their own but were denied on a couple of occasions by stern Cinderford defence, and The Blues headed in at the break five scores down.
The second half was very different to the first, The Blues dominated from start to finish and came close on a number of occasions but the hosts were as strong in defence in the second period as they were in attack in the first.
For all The Blues strong attack it took one attack for Cinderford to add another score, they hit the blues on the break and crossed the line on 49 minutes. Davies completed his perfect kicking afternoon to make the score 42-0.
The Blues grabbed a consolation score on 55 minutes through giant lock Dean Williams. Surprisingly this turned out to be the final score of the match, although The Blues enjoyed the majority of second half possession they failed to break through the water tight Cinderford defence.