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Sandal 7-31 The Blues

Macclesfield weathered tough conditions to come away with the maximum five points as they defeated Sandal away from home. A fine performance from The Blues proved to all in attendance that they are fully worthy of the top position in National Two North.

The Blues got off to a blistering start and Marshall Gadd crossed after just four minutes to put Macc ahead, Lewis Barker added the conversion to make it a seven point lead.

With The Blues dominant at set piece they looked make the most of it.

On 12 minutes Sandal gave into the pressure and The Blues scrum rolled over and Ryan Parkinson was hand to dot down, Barker once again with the conversion.

The Blues continued their dominance throughout the first half and began to play some fine running rugby despite the tough conditions.

The crowd was treated to a peach of a peach of a third try on the half hour mark when Macc broke clear and Matt O’Regan put Josh Fowles in for the winger to dive under the posts, and Barker once again added the two from the tee to ensure the Blues went in at the break 21-0 up.

After the break the hosts looked to get back into the game but simply couldn’t hand the Macclesfield attack when it got going.

This was the case on 48 minutes when Macc scored from a fine passing move including both backs and forwards with replacement full back Rhodri Mayor adding the finishing touches.

The hosts got off the mark on 57 minutes, putting in a big hit to force a loose ball in midfield, David Findlay picked up the bobbling ball and raced clear of the chasing pack to touch down.

The Blues wrapped the game up on 65 minutes when they made it a 24 point lead. Last season’s leading scorer Matt King showed the form of the last term to chip in behind the defence, gather and finish to add icing to a fine Macclesfield performance.

Final score Sandal 7-31 The Blues

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