Macclesfield opened their National 1 campaign with a narrow defeat to Esher. Going down 21-19 to the London side.
The Blues showed no signs of their underdog status as they initially took the game to Esher. Maintaining early pressure, the Blues were unable to convert position into points. As the half wore on Esher started to make the Blues pay for their impatience. They won a penalty on Macc’s 22 line and Fly-half Paul Roberts slotted the three points.
The hosts then extended their lead on 16 minutes. After winning possession on their own 22, Number 8 Isaac Curtis-Harris broke then line and carried up to Macc’s 10-meter line before offloading to scrum half Calum Waters to dot down under the posts. Esher made it two tries in two minutes after slick hands left Blindside-Flanker Charlie Gossington to touch down in the corner, making it 15-0 to the hosts.
The Blues responded well and were soon back in the game after winger Rhodri Mayor went over after a quick tap was taken by scrum half Jordan Brookes, the ball was quickly passed through hands, allowing the winger to score in the corner, this made the score 15-5 after full back Matthew Bradley failed to score the conversion. Macclesfield then added a second try on the half hour mark. After a driving maul, hooker Sam Moss was the benefactor, scoring for the
Blues, Bradley then added the conversion to make it 15-12.
The second half started evenly for the first 10 minutes, until the hosts added another penalty to make the score 18-12. Macclesfield then found their groove and started to pressure the hosts as the rain arrived. And their hard work payed off as winger Matthew King crossed the line under the posts, Bradley slotted the extras, this put the Blues into the lead for the first time in the match.
The match settled down after that point as the rain continued to fall. Esher were relentless in their attacks but the Blues defence stood firm. The game was on a knife edge going into the final 5 minutes. The hosts retook the lead with 4 minutes to go after a penalty was awarded for indiscipline at the breakdown, Roberts added the three points. Despite their best efforts the Blues couldn’t add a final score to win the match.
Although they lost on paper the Blues still managed to pick up a losing bonus point opening their account for the season. Next up Macclesfield welcome local rivals Fylde. This fixture has been designated as Family Fun Day, so be sure to come along and bring the kids.