Overall it was not a good weekend for Macclesfield Rugby with the Senior Squad going down at Priory Park to a Chester side that came back from a half time deficit to record victory by 24-10 to leave the home side languishing at the wrong end of National Two North – played and lost 2 games -so hopefully we can get on track this weekend when we make the trip up to the Lancashire coast and the Fylde club who in their game at the weekend lost to local rivals Preston Grasshoppers in the ‘Lancashire Derby’ at Lightfoot Green by 18-15 in a tight encounter. Details and directions later in this column. Disappointing for ‘Clubman’ who had to leave at the interval for an MRI check up on a knackered knee when Macc were ahead 10-7 only to return to learn the result had gone against us. The post match beer was scant consolation!!
It was more worrying to learn on Saturday afternoon that the Second team had to concede their game at Caldy thus giving the home side a ‘walkover’ – something I cannot recall in all my years at the club. Hopefully this will be sorted for games this weekend and, under league rules, this meant that the 3rd team gave opposition Rochdale a ‘walkover’ and whilst the fourth team played and beat Linley 2nd XV that result also will, sadly, not stand under the League rules but tries here from Jack Pearce, Rob McLeod and ANO in a game dominated by Macclesfield. Overall not a good day at the office………….
Around Two North there are still five clubs unbeaten albeit after only two games but Wharfedale are showing their intent with a hard-fought 26-19 victory over Sedgley Park over in Yorkshire to sit at the top with Hinckley coming away from newly promoted Peterborough with a 48-21 victory. Hull Ionians went up to Tynedale and came away with a thumping 50-20 victory and South Leicester maintained their good start with a 24-21 victory in the Leicester ‘derby’ over Leicester Lions. In the Yorkshire ‘Derby’ Otley overcame Huddersfield by 18-11 while Sheffield Tigers recorded a good home win against Stourbridge (24-11). Finally Fylde, as indicated above – who we visit on Saturday – lost 18-15 in the Lancashire Derby at Preston Grasshoppers. Early days as yet but some clear intent around so let’s hope we can get back on the horse at Lytham St Annes come 4.30.pm. Saturday.
Going back to Saturday’s game and it was interesting to compare the team that played Chester to the side that played the final ‘Home’ game of last season back in April when Stourbridge visited. There were just six players in the squad of twenty for Chester that played in the game against Stourbridge which indicates the changes that have taken place during the close season. Hopefully the two early reversals will not affect the squad and they come back with a result on Saturday.
Whilst it is still early days as far as the 8 month campaign is concerned the mere fact that a game had to be conceded is worrying at any stage of the season and perhaps time in this column to advertise for players – of any ability/age – to come along to Priory Park to try their hand at our great game. Turn up for training Tuesday/Thursday or contact the club on (01625) 827899 and leave your details for someone to get in touch.
Games for Saturday:-
1st v. Fylde – Away – 3.pm.
2nd v. Sedgley Park – Home
3rd v. Blackburn 2 – Away
4th v. Newcastle 2 – Home
For those travelling to Fylde they play at Blackpool Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes FY8 4EL which from my Tytherington post code is 75 miles so allow a good hour and threequarters for travel.
Enjoy your Rugby – I do (and haven’t even mentioned that ‘other’ code this week!!)