Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’ – March

A good Saturday for Macclesfield Rugby Club with all four sides recording emphatic victories in their various leagues and not so good for the England team who came second best against a fired up and confident Scotland up in Murrayfield to throw the Six Nations wide open with just a couple of games left and what about that Scot with a Welsh name who scorched in for an excellent brace of tries………..ah well just a little matter of March 10 in Paris and Ireland at HQ a week later to finish it off with Ireland currently in the hot seat unbeaten in three.

Back to Priory Park and on a cold but sunny afternoon on a firm pitch the Blues recorded a competent 31-15 victory over struggling Sheffield in a re-arranged game from last November when Priory Park was unplayable along with other grounds to leave the visitors languishing just above Luctonians at the wrong end of the table while Blaydon beat South Leicester in a high scoring game in the North East by 45-20 to keep alive their hopes of survival at National Two level.  In the other re-arranged games champions elect Sale travelled to Huddersfield and came away with a convincing 28-7 victory.  At the other end of the table Tynedale recorded a 52-29 victory over Stourbridge coming back from an interval deficit of 29-17 in a remarkable game.  Also at the top end Sedgley Park took on and beat Leicester Lions by 34-12 to remain in contention although it seems Sales to lose now having a game in hand and a five point lead at the top with just eight more games to play including here at Priory Park in another re-arranged game late in March.

Back to a full house of fixtures – weather permitting looking at the current forecast as I pen these notes on Sunday – for this weekend when third placed Hinckley come visiting KO 3.pm. for ‘Match of the Day’ in Two North.  Do come along and lend your support to our hardworking squad who are now coming good under the guidance of Marshall Gadd.

The other Macclesfield sides – as mentioned above – all had a good day at the office with the Lions (2nd XV) beating Preston Grasshoppers 2nds 42-19 at Lightfoot Green whilst the 3rd XV travelled the short distance to Pownall Park to return 38-26 victors over Wilmslow Seconds and the 4th XV at Priory Park took on and beat Northwich 3rds by 42-12.    I know I mention this every week but again I have no further detail of these games to report – you never know it may happen although there are only a couple of months left in this campaign !!

The game against Sheffield was sponsored by the Priory Park Investment Club and during the pre-match lunch the latest 200 Club draw was made and the winners were:- 1st prize and £100 – Nick Hynes, 2nd prize and £60 – Richard Oldham and 3rd prize & £30 one John Brown.  There are still a good few numbers to fill in to make this a full 200 so if interested in supporting the club and stand the chance of winning a bit of cash during the season then contact Albert Simpson at the club.

Away from the 15 a side version I am delighted to have watched my home 13 a side team come out on top in the ‘Derby’ game against Wigan at the weekend to hopefully fully kick start their season although a tough trip to Hull awaits this week and our Cricket One Day side just lost out in an exciting game ‘down under’ this morning (Sunday as I write) and hopefully they can get one back in the second game.

Hopefully the weather will relent for Saturday and in the hope that all games can go ahead the fixtures are as follows:-

1st XV v. Hinckley – Home – 3.pm.

2nd XV v. Sedgley Park – Home – 2.15.pm.

3rd XV –FREE WEEK

4th XV v. Knutsford 1 – Home 2.15.pm.

All ‘home’ games so a good day for the club,

Enjoy your Rugby – I do,

 

CLUBMAN


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