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Old Albanians 50-26 The Blues

Macclesfield suffered defeat again on the road this weekend despite picking up a try scoring bonus point.

The Blues travelled south to St. Albans to face Old Albanians a side who were looking to pull themselves away from the drop against a Blues team that was suffering from the injuries picked up over the last few weeks.

The hosts opened the scoring on 7 minutes as they attacked from deep with pace which opened spaces and allowed the full back Gregg to run in the score.

On 11 minutes the hosts extended their lead once again shipping the ball wide to dive over in the corner. The match was by no means all going one way however, The Blues were dominating possession of the ball but struggling to break down a strong defence, The Old Albanians were also very dangerous on the counter attack.

OAs made it a three try lead on 22 minutes as the big prop forward Berry broke a few tackles and found number Johnson with the offload who ran in under the posts, 19-0.

Old Albanians wrapped up the bonus point on the half hour mark as Michael Allan picked the gap to score in the corner.

The Blues’ possession finally paid off on 35 minutes as the forwards retained the ball well until David Marwick blasted his way over under the posts from close range, Tom Eaton added the extras, 24-7.

The hosts responded immediately however to keep their three try lead going into half time. A very soft score gifted to them by Macc defence as winger Marchon dived over relatively unchallenged.

The Blues got off to a good start after half time, number 8 Franky Barker crashing over from close range after the backs made good ground out wide cutting through the hosts’ defence, Eaton again added the extras, 31-14.

A long period of defence for Macc followed their score as they held up the visitors ver the line and managed to turn over the resulting scrum shortly after. But it was still not long until the hosts crossed, on 50 minutes to again restore their four try lead.

Marchon completed his brace for the hosts on 55 minutes as he finished well out wide to take Old Albanians past the 40 point mark.

 After having a certain score ruled out Rhodri Mayor made sure he got himself on the scoresheet as he crossed soon after the original disappointment. Solid set piece for Macclesfield proving the catalyst to opening the home side’s defence.

Each team added a late score to cap off a fast and exciting game of rugby. The Blues’ score came from Josh Fowles as he rose highest to pluck a Tom Eaton cross kick out of the air and finish in the corner to make the final score 50-26.

 

 

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