Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’ – February

Five points on the road down in Leicester following a convincing 38-24 victory at Wigston Magna was a welcome return to Rugby after the previous weekend’s postponement and will put the squad in good heart for the visit to Priory Park this Saturday in the game v. Sheffield which was also  postponed back in November due to ground conditions.

Six tries shared between forwards and threes ensured victory despite the home side scoring first with goals from the boot of Tom Morton keeping the Blues ahead all of which means as far as Two North is concerned we close the gap on Otley who are immediately above us and who were well beaten by Champions Elect – Sale – 59-5 ay Heywood Road.  Luctonians, who sit at basement level, almost pulled off a good victory at Sheffield Tigers but in the end went down 25-20 with Blaydon, immediately above them, beating this week’s opposition, Sheffield, up in the North East by 29-23 in another closely contested game.  Wharfedale, for so long sitting at basement level, lost out at Leicester Lions by 37-28 but gained a try scoring bonus to keep them just out of the bottom three ‘relegation spots’ and they are now immediately behind us but we have those important games in hand starting on Saturday to move well out of the danger area.  Behind Sale it was Stourbridge who came out on top in a high scoring top of the table clash at Sedgley Park winning by 41-34 in what seems to have been a thriller of a game and in another high scoring encounter at Hinckley the home side just came out on top beating Tynedale by 29-26.

The next few weeks are vital for Macclesfield as, after the re-arranged Sheffield game this weekend, it is a visit to Priory Park for Hinckley followed by games against Tynedale (away) and Sheffield again (Away) with another rearranged game v. Luctonians in between on 17 March as we seek to move further up the table with the recent improved form under Marshall Gadd.

Around the club on Saturday thankfully all sides managed to get their games in despite the soft ground conditions with the Lions entertaining Fylde at Priory Park only to go down 22-21 in an entertaining game for the supporters, myself included, who came to watch.  The Thirds had a convincing 36-12 victory over Rossendale 2nd XV while the 4th team went down to a strong Moore 1st XV in their respective leagues.  Sadly – yet again – I have no information to pass on about these games.

Whilst it was a blank weekend for the Six Nations it resumes with purpose this week as we approach the sharp end with England travelling up to Murrayfield to face Scotland on Saturday with Ireland entertaining Wales in the first game of Saturday.  France play Italy in Paris on Friday evening.  Hopefully Eddie Jones’ men can make it three out of three in the quest for the title and what about Italy? They seem to be the eternal underachievers and questions are now being asked if they should even have a place at the ‘top table’ of European Rugby having failed to make a real impression in the 18 years they have been playing in the competition…

In the other oval ball game my side at last managed to break their duck with a close encounter with Widnes in the ‘Cheshire Derby’.  That’s a comment I couldn’t make when I was a lad when both clubs were in Lancashire where they should be!! And our beleaguered Cricketers down under managed at last to record a victory in the 20/20.

Before Saturday’s game against Sheffield the Priory Park Investment Club will be holding a pre match buffet for members as the Investment Club are sponsoring the game as, indeed, they also sponsor Blues Hooker – Sam Moss.  Let’s hope that the game can bring some more riches to the club!!

Game for Saturday:-

1st XV v. Sheffield – Home – 3.pm.

2nd XV v. Preston Grasshoppers – Away

3rd XV v. Wilmslow 2 – Away

4th XV v. Northwich 3 – Home

That’s all for this week – enjoy your Rugby – I do,

 

‘CLUBMAN’


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