League leaders Macclesfield Blues host 14th placed Broadstreet at Priory Park and the Cheshire side did just enough in a tight game to come away 15-3 winners.
Blues skipper Mike Finnemore said despite his side’s win, they must be better and felt that his side slipped below their usual standards.
“We’re by no means pleased with that performance but a win is a win, and results elsewhere have turned that into a very good result. There’s a lot of things that we need to go away and fix after that performance.”
“We had a dry flat pitch today, the best conditions we’ve had for weeks and we’ve not been able to produce it. It was dry and we had a flat track. Broadstreet were good at what they did and frustrated us but we need to be better. We’ve got to keep putting pressure on that chasing pack by winning games.”
The visitors got off to a bright start and immediately had Macclesfield under pressure, the hosts had fine defence from scrum half Jordan Brookes and lock Harrison Lewis to thank for keeping the scores level.
The opening try came on 15 minutes, fine work from The Blues’ pack ensured skipper Finnemore could get around the fringe and dot down, Lewis Barker converted for Macc and gave the league leaders a 7-0 half time lead.
Macclesfield came out after half time and got off to a blistering start scoring a try started and finished by full back Matt O’Regan who was a trouble throughout the afternoon for Broadstreet, the missed conversion meant it was 12-0.
Broadstreet then put a sustained period pressure at the Macclesfield line but fine defence from The Blues, that debutant Joe Palmer was at heart of, kept ‘Street at bay.
Broadstreet failed to get off the mark until just before the hour mark, fly-half Lee Chapman with the three points.
This was cancelled out on 72 minutes by a Macc penalty kicked by Barker, and a late yellow to Broadstreet’s Chris Idehen helped to consolidate The Blues victory and keep the Cheshire side at the top of National Two North.
1 Tom Mantell, 2 Paul Millea, 3 Billy Robinson, 4 Dave Marwick, 5 Harrison Lewis, 6 Max Smith, 7 Joe Palmer, 8 Mike Finnemore
9 Jordan Brookes, 10, Lewis Barker, 11 Rhodri Mayor, 12 Tom Eaton, 13 Elliot Brierley, 14 Josh Fowles, 15 Matt O’Regan
16 Brendan Berry, 17 Martin Kent, 18 Elliot Millar-Mills, 19 Ben Jones, 20 Greg Newton
TRIES – Finnemore 15, O’Regan 43
CON – Barker 15
PEN – Barker 72
1 Jake Dodd, 2 Stewart Pearl, 3 Liam Hills, 4 Chris Dodd, 5 Matt Solomon, 6 Sam McNulty, 7 Chris Idehen, 8 Jack Gibbons (c)
9 Pierre Ferre, 10 Lee Chapman, 11 Stanley Mayne, 12 Callum McBurnie, 13 Andrew Murray, 14 Luke Hibberd, 15 Nathan Tilsley
16 Luke Truslove, 17 George Walsh, 18 Nick Thatcher, 19 Aaron Martin, 20 Harry Pendleton
PEN – Chapman 52
SIN BIN – Idehen – 78
Referee – Matt Turvey
Attendance – 215
Star Man – Joe Palmer