Rugby action resumed on Saturday at Priory Park with The Blues looking to lay down a positive start to their upcoming campaign against National 3 opposition. The Blues introduced a few new faces and came out with a strong 52-17 victory.
The game was broken down into 4×20 minute quarters in order to allow both coaches to maximise the usage of their larger than usual match day squads.
A recognisable face scored the opening try of the game for Macclesfield as Josh Fowles powered over the line after a build up of Blues pressure led to a penalty which was quickly taken by scrum half Jordan Brookes, who offloaded cleverly to Fowles, Tom Eaton added the extras, 7-0.
Nuneaton did not take long to respond and get their first try of the game. The forwards of the visitors wearing the Blues defence down around the fringes and it finally gave way in the corner. The score went unconverted however, 7-5.
Some weak Macc tackling gifted Nuneaton the lead with the final play of the first quarter, as the centre danced through and offloaded for his partner to score. The score was 7-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The Blues opened the scoring in the second half with Phil Laing finishing off a well worked move which sliced through the visiting defence. The score was converted by debutant Lewis Barker.
Barker then followed up his conversion with a try of his own and it was shaping up for an impressive debut. The replacement fly half picked up a loose ball from close range to dive over and score, 21-12 at half time.
Nuneaton came out straight after the break firing and notched an early score. The visitors scored after retaining possession from their own kick off, and building play well to then score from a quickly taken penalty.
Rhodri Mayor was next on the scoresheet for Macclesfield, the winger benefitted from his side picking up a turnover deep in Nuneaton territory, The Blues then worked it wide and Mayor finished smartly in the corner, Barker added the extras from a tricky touchline kick.
Phil Laing grabbed his second of the game to top off an exceptional personal performance. The back rower finished off another well worked Macclesfield move as he trotted in under the posts, with Barker again adding the extras.
Jamie Anthony added the next try for Macclesfield to cap off another strong debut among the Blues squad. The new centre signing picked up the ball from the bottom of a ruck and somehow found the space the touch down. Barker this time missed the conversion.
Rhodri Mayor then completed his brace, The Blues speedster thankfully continuing his form from the latter end of last year’s National One campaign. Mayor picked up a loose and bobbling ball, did well to re-gather and beat his man to score in the corner once again.
Mayor completed his hat trick with the final try of the game. He linked up wonderfully with fellow Welshman Barker to cut across the field and speed in under the posts. Final score at Priory Park 52-17.