Macclesfield played host to fourth placed Blackheath at Priory Park and performed like a side that does not represent their lowly league position.
The first score came on 12 minutes when Macclesfield turned the ball over deep in their own half. Centre Elliot Brierley spotted space on the blind side and released full back Matt O’Regan away up the left wing, Matt King supported him and received the offload but was stopped just short of the line, King managed to find O’Regan with the offload who touched down, Tom Eaton converted, 7-0.
The hosts were reduced to 14 men shortly after their score however with prop forward Billy Robinson being sent to the bin for taking the man out in the air.
The visitors, Blackheath took immediate advantage of the extra man, kicking to the corner and securing good line out ball and drove over The Blues line for flanker Dave Allen to touch down for his first score of the afternoon. the score was unconverted so Macc regained the lead.
Immediately after Blackheath’s score The Blues extended their lead, Eaton calmly slotting a penalty kick.
With The Blues back to their full complement another penalty was won in front of the posts and Eaton stepped up to again convert and make it 13-5 after 27 minutes.
Blackheath pegged their hosts back on the half hour mark, the line out again proving dominant to drive a maul over The Blues’ line, Dave Allen again the man to benefit from his hard working pack. The score went unconverted and The Blues went in at the break 13-10 up.
The Blues showed strong defence but relentless attacks from the visitors in the second half meant the blue wall would be breached in a matter of time.
The first score of the second half came on 54 minutes from winger Richard Squires who benefitted from a clever kick from fly half Joe Carlisle. Squires collected and touched down in the corner, 13-15.
12 minutes later, Dave Allen secured his hat trick, Sam Eydmann collected a Tom Trotter box kick to then offload to Allen who touched down as they began to put the game out of Macclesfield’s reach.
Six minutes later ‘Club had crossed again. Replacement Seb Nagle-Taylor touched down from another powerful catch and drive line out to put the game to bed, 13-25 full time.
Macclesfield Head Coach Giles Heagerty was very disappointed with his side’s second half performance and felt his side gifted Blackheath the win in the second half:
“The first half was really good. We knew what their threat was and we failed to deal with it in the second half and gifted them field position by giving foolish penalties away. We cut our own throats in 25 minutes of the second half.”
Simon Whatling, on the other hand was pleased with the grit his team showed to come back from a half time deficit:
“We knew we were going to be tested here, Priory Park is a tough place to come but we really came through in the last half hour. This league is about momentum and we’ve built on the last seven games today.”
Whatling also commented on the performance of Star Man and hat trick hero, Dave Allen.
“You very rarely get a bad game from Dave Allen. He wears his heart on his sleeve every week and its testament to how long he has been playing the game of rugby, he scores critical tries for this club at times we need them throughout the season, but he was very impressive today.”