Macclesfield Blues had Ryan Parkinson to thank for their bonus point win after the back rower picked up a hat trick to extend The Blues’ lead at the top to fifteen points after a very hard fought 33-26 victory over Tynedale.
Despite the win, Head Coach Giles Heagerty was left scratching his head at his side’s defensive efforts.
“Defensively we’ve got work to do. It’s the first time this season we’ve conceded the four try bonus point, and there were too many clean line breaks. As a side we’re trying to evolve, and I think we’re showing that in our attack but we seemed to switch off defensively. I just felt today that we didn’t really hit anybody.”
“Tynedale are in a hell of a fight at the minute, that’s no disrespect to them and you could see the determination they had, they put us to the sword today and played well late on to get something from the game.”
Man of the match, Parkinson got his first on 11 minutes, some fine set piece from the league leaders ensured that Parkinson was the beneficiary from a fine driving maul, Tom Eaton added the extras to make it 7-0.
Moments later, Macc doubled their lead. A fine running move resulted in outside centre Elliot Brierley diving under the posts after an offload from winger Rhodri Mayor.
On 25 minutes, Dave Marwick crashed over and gave Macclesfield a three try lead, with Eaton again adding the extras, 21-0.
Tynedale took the momentum into half time after a score close to the whistle. Ben Bell grabbing the score for the visitors and Ashley Smith converted, 21-7.
Tynedale came out strongly after half time and got reward and reaped the reward seven minutes in. Ben Haigh smashing over, Smith again with the conversion, 21-14.
On 51 minutes, the visitors saw their wind knocked out their sails when Will Miller was sent to the bin for a no arms tackle.
The Blues secured their bonus point on 68 minutes, Parkinson getting his second score of the game, Eaton converted, 28-14.
On 73 minutes, The Blues wrapped up the victory and Parkinson his hat trick when he finished off a fine team try, receiving a fine offload from skipper Mike Finnemore, 33-14.
Tynedale needed two tries in the last seven minutes to secure the two bonus points deserved. The visitors grabbed their first of two on 76 minutes when Jack Harrison went over.
With the final play, the visitors crossed to complete a fine match, Haigh got his second and smith converted, 33-26 full time.
Tyne coach, Matt Fieldhouse was pleased with his sides showing and believes today’s points will be crucial in the long run.
“It was always going to be tough, we knew what they were all about. We just wanted to keep our foundations and build from there. We struggled early on but credit to the lads, I thought for the majority of the last 50 minutes I thought we really put ourselves into the game and deserved to come away with two points. They could be huge for us in the future.”
Report by Alexander Hannah
1 Marshall Gadd (Mills 40), 2 Sam Moss (Millea 63), 3 Martin Kent (Mantell 40), 4 Harrison Lewis, 5 David Marwick, 6 Mike Finnemore, 7 Max Smith, 8 Ryan Parkinson (Palmer 74)
9 Jordan Brookes, 10 Tom Eaton, 11 Rhodri Mayor (Barker 60), 12 Matt O’Regan, 13 Elliot Brierley, 14 Josh Fowles, 15 Charlie Venables
16 Paul Millea, 17 Tom Mantell, 18 Elliot Mills, 19 Joe Palmer, 20 Lewis Barker
TRIES: Parkinson (11, 68, 73), Brierley (13), Marwick (25)
CON: Eaton 11, 13, 25, 68
1 Peter Southern, 2 Louis Frankland (Proctor 68), 3 Ben Haigh (Westgarth 60), 4 Ben Bell, 5 Scott Powell, 6 Stuart Johnson, 7 Richard Hall (Charters 47), 8 Nick Cairn
9 Daniel Taylor, 10 Matt Outson, 11 Oliver Walker, 12 William Miller (Duncan 68), 13 Jack Harrison, 14 James Clark (Marshall 53), 15 Ashley Smith
16 Matt Proctor, 17 Alex Westgarth, 18 Matt Charters, 19 Ben Duncan, 20 Daniel Marshall
TRIES: Bell 36, Haigh 45, 80, Harrison 76
CON: Smith 37, 46, 80
Referee – Michael Harris
HT Score – 21-7
Attendance – 252
Star Man – Ryan Parkinson