Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’ – January

Following a pre match lunch with fellow rugby colleagues on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon the fare that followed on the park was a credit to both sides in an uncompromising encounter with no quarter given as Macclesfield and Huddersfield fought for the points and it was the home side that, in the end, came out on top by a narrow margin in a game that had it all to entertain the crowd and it made it three wins on the run for a revitalised Macclesfield squad as they move away from the danger area of National Two North.  Nothing too spectacular but good hard honest graft from both sides as the Macclesfield squad look forward to a run of tough games in the next few weeks starting on Saturday down at Leicester Lions who lost quite heavily up at Tynedale by 38-10 but who are always a threat on their exposed Blaby home and, of course, in their side they have one of the league’s top try scorers in the dangerous Devon Constant with 14 under his belt already. An early reminder for those intending to travel to Leicester that kick off will be at 2.pm. as the club have no lights.

Anyhow around Two North on Saturday there were victories for now top of the pile Sale who took Sheffield apart at their Abbeydale home by 47-10 and are now clearly looking to progress to National One next season and in another top of the table clash at Hinckley it was North West visitors Sedgley Park who took the honours in another close fought game by 26-23 and we play both Sale and Sedge in the next few weeks – both games at Priory Park so make a note in your diaries now for 27 January and 10 February respectively for some good quality rugby football.  Elsewhere in Two North Otley beat Blaydon 40-17 to relieve their worries at the ‘wrong end’ as did Luctonians who beat Chester 20-5 at their Mortimer Park home that is so familiar with some of us long standing Blues fans.  Wharfedale, currently at the bottom, suffered another reverse at Stourbridge by 29-18 and whilst they are not too far adrift of those immediately above them it is getting desperate at Thresh field as the weeks go by.  It is therefore important that with the new found winning formulae we maintain progress on the park and make it four from four come 4.pm. Saturday..

Around Priory Park it was another bad day at the office for the other Macclesfield sides with the Lions narrowly going down at Vicars Cross to Chester by 21-17 in a close encounter but the 3rds and 4ths fared badly with defeats to Newcastle Seconds and Wirral Seconds in their respective leagues and hopefully there will be an upturn in results as the season progresses but remember that both sides are pulling above their weight bearing in mind that they have progressed over the last few seasons to play in leagues where they nearly always meet Second & Third teams rather than 3rd and 4th XV’s.  There is still a way to go before the season closes and hopefully the teams can find a run of form.

Sadly I have no further information about these games…

I know it is a long way off but looking to next season in Two North it seems that we will have the famous Preston Grasshoppers back in the fold as they are looking good clear at the top of Three North unbeaten so far and no less than 17 points clear of second placed Lymm with whom we have had many close encounters in years gone by.  From the other direction it is almost certain that we will be joined by Fylde who are struggling, like we did last season, at the bottom of National One.  I realise things can change but that’s the way it looks at the moment – watch this space!!

As we approach February it will be the Six Nations that grips the attention of rugby lovers and England begin their campaign in Rome on Sunday 4 February when they play Italy whilst the day before Wales entertain Scotland in Cardiff and France play Ireland in Paris

All this and a good start in the ‘One Dayers’ by the England Cricket team ‘down under’ – let’s hope we can get something back after the Ashes debacle about which no further comment similarly about that ‘other’ rugby game incidentally born in, by coincidence this weekend, Huddersfield way back in the 1890’s which starts in but a couple of weeks.

Games for Saturday:-

1st v. Leicester Lions – Away – 2.pm.

2nd v. Caldy – Home – 2.15.pm.

3rd v. Vale of Lune Seconds – Away

4th v. Marple Seconds – Home

Directions to Leicester Lions who play on Lutterworth Road, Blaby LE8 4DY as follows:-

From M1/M69 take A5460 bearing left onto A563 (South) Lubbesthorpe Way then left onto B4414 Nsarborough Road (South) taking first exit on to B582 Blaby Road continuing g on to B582 Enderby Road take then the 4th exit at roundabout on to the A426 Blaby bypass.  At second roundabout take first exit to ground.

Approx 85 miles – allow a good couple of hours

Enjoy your Rugby – I do,

‘CLUBMAN’

#maccrugby

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