Macclesfield Blues 19 – 50 Old Albanians

This was another case of Macclesfield identifying a fixture they could get something from, but ultimately not taking the opportunity.

In the early exchanges both sides had plenty of phases but plenty of mistakes which meant that there was no score until the visitors went ahead through full back Foster. Macclesfield wasted a couple of chances before conceding again, finding themselves 12-0 down after 27 minutes, but bit back with Marwick going over after some good try line pressure. 

However, Albanians had kept the pace of the game high and broken a few times before Foster found the defensively line at 6’s and 7’s again to make it 17-5 at half time.

Any thoughts the Cheshire side had of an immediate fight back were quashed instantly as Foster found a gap straight from the restart. King picked over on 49 minutes to give the home side hope and when Barker stood over a penalty opportunity at 24-12 The Blues appeared to be growing into the game, but his kick hit the post and 4 minutes later Tuilagi grabbed the first of 2 Albanians tries within 7 minutes.

Macclesfield pushed for the try bonus point after a lovely strike move on 73 minutes put Broster over, but too often their attacks were let down by handling errors, the story of their season.

Two more tries from Albanians against a clearly hurt Macclesfield team took the score to 50. Its the must win of must win games for Macc against Ionians. If they come away from there with nothing to show for it, its pretty much lights out as far as survival is concerned.

Macc
Tries: Marwick (31), King (49), Broster (73)
Conversions: Barker x2
Penalties:
Drop goals:

Old Albanians
Tries: Foster (20, 41, 69, 79), Daly (26), Bedroll (34), Tuilagi (57), Hughes (76)
Conversions: Palmer x5
Penalties:
Drop goals:

Attendance: 296
Referee: Mick Harris
Half-time: 5-17
Star man: Foster – O.A.’s
 
TEAMS (15-9, then 1-8)
MACC: Morton, Broster, Brierley, Winterbottom, King, L. Barker, Eaton and Mantell, Moss, Robinson, O. Parkinson, Marwick, F. Barker, Palmer, Parkinson (c)
Replacements: Millea, Millar-Mills, Davidson, Palmer, Hall.
 
OLD ALBANIANS: Foster, Pritchard, Burgess, Bedroll, Dowsett, Palmer, Daly and King, Miles, Garside, Bickle, Lennon, Nay, Stevens (C), Tuilagi
Replacements: Taylor, Boggis, Hughes, Gliksten, Smith.

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