Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Good weeks for Macclesfield with a five point haul from the long away trip up to the North East at the Crow Trees ground of Blaydon where in a high scoring and entertaining encounter the Blues came home on the back of a 52-34 victory scoring seven tries to the home sides six with the difference being the accurate place kicking of Tom Morton who converted all the Blues scores and added a penalty for good measure as the visitors secured their first ‘Double’ of the campaign having already defeated Blaydon back in September at Priory Park by 41-15 all of which augers well for Marshall Gadd’s stewardship of the squad.

This victory moved Macclesfield a bit further away from the ‘wrong end’ of the table and the squad will face up to Huddersfield at Priory Park this Saturday with confidence seeking to overturn the defeat at Lockwood Park last September.

Other results in Two North saw bottom side Wharfedale beat fellow strugglers Luctonians 34-15 but Sheffield lost heavily at Stourbridge and Otley went down 22-19 at Chester thus giving the Blues a lift up the table and hopefully this can be maintained on Saturday – kick off 3.pm. – and with games in hand it all looks good for the squad so get down to Priory Park come 3.pm. Saturday to lend your voice.

Huddersfield who – in the first encounter back in September won by 22-13 at their spectacular Lockwood Park home – had an excellent 29-20 victory over high flyers Tynedale on Saturday so it is all to play for this weekend.  Hinckley remain at the top after their 27-0 victory at Leicester Lions closely followed by – in many views favourites for the title come April – Sale who came away from Sheffield Tigers with a 27-16 victory.

Away from the 1st XV I watched the Seconds (Lions) at Priory Park against a strong Preston Grasshoppers outfit who eventually returned to Lightfoot Green with a close fought 26-28 victory in a game that quite easily could have swung the other way in an entertaining encounter and in the other games the 3rd XV went down 47-22 to Stockport Seconds and the 4th XV lost a close game 12-10 to Bowdon seconds at Priory Park so not a good week for Macc Rugby overall but that’s how things go and hopefully all can get back on track this weekend.

Having stayed up late over the weekend watching action ‘down under’ I will not waste your time by making any comment suffice to say that it looks like a comprehensive defeat for Joe Root’s side……………….hey ho but now only just over three weeks to Super League!!

Before Saturday’s game at Priory Park there is a pre match dinner for the Pie & Will Club so hopefully that will develop a ‘winning’ atmosphere for the following encounter.  See you there.

Games for Saturday:-

1st XV v. Huddersfield – Home – 3.pm.

2nd XV v. Chester – Away

3rd XV v. Wirral 2 – Home

4th XV v. Newcastle 2 – Away

Enjoy your Rugby – I do,

 

‘CLUBMAN’


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