In the end it was a frustrating few days for ‘Clubman’ with the Wire losing the local derby with Wigan, Lancashire crashing out of the T20 finals and then Macclesfield coming second best up at Fylde on Saturday afternoon !! Thankfully the local Cricket team that I played with for many years – Kerridge – closed their campaign on a successful note and in winning their final game thus they gained promotion up to the next level in the UKfast Cheshire Cricket League so it will be a happy squad attending the Annual League Dinner in Altrincham in mid October to collect their award.
However, back to Rugby, and as I did not travel to Fylde (match report elsewhere in this publication) it was the Second XV who entertained local rivals Sedgley Park that took my attention along with a goodly number of hardy supporters and it was a fine performance that they put in to record their first victory of the season with a 21-14 scoreline in a game that had a bit of everything from both sides in what was a very good Premier League encounter. Hopefully they can continue this come Saturday coincidentally up at Fylde where the 1st XV came unstuck.
In the Championship the 3rd XV lost to Blackburn Seconds and at Priory Park the 4th XV also went down, this time to Newcastle Two’s in a game that doubled up as a cup tie also. As I have already mentioned in this column these sides, thanks to previous seasons successes are now playing the 2nd & 3rd teams of most opposition clubs and hopefully they can come to terms with this level of rugby and begin winning some games. Plenty of time yet to get back on the horse… season not quite a month old yet.
For the 1st team the trip to Fylde was never going to be easy and the scoreline of 46-8 to the home side perhaps shows just what has to be done but Fylde are a very good club with much history. Around Two North at the weekend just three clubs remain with a 100% record of played and won three and they are Hinckley who beat Wharfedale with a high scoring 33-24 scoreline in the Midlands, Hull Ionians who saw off yet to win newcomers Peterborough Lions 34-12 in Yorkshire and Chester who, after the previous weeks win over Macclesfield, beat Leicester Lions 24-12 at Vicars Cross. At the other end of the table with records like us of Played 3 Lost 3 are the aforementioned Peterborough Lions, Leicester Lions and perhaps surprisingly Tynedale who were beaten in a close encounter 29-24 at Stourbridge but clearly it is early days yet but standards are being set and with Huddersfield – who won a close encounter at home to Preston Grasshoppers by 28-27 – our next visitors to Priory Park come 3.pm. on Saturday the stage is set for us to record our first victory of the campaign – be there come 3.pm. to support the lads.
Going well away from Macclesfield it was interesting to see South Africa record a close 36-34 victory over New Zealand in the Rugby Championship in Wellington to put a bit of a dent into their pride but rest assured they will come back with attitude for the next encounter. Still away from Priory Park and I always look to the results of the clubs I played for before moving to Macclesfield in 1974 and it is good to see that both Warrington and Bowdon have made decent starts to their respective campaigns this time round. I spent many happy hours at both those clubs especially at the old Loushers Lane ground of the Warrington club before they moved to their present HQ. Who knows – one day they may be up with Macclesfield…
However enough of history and these are the games for Macclesfield sides come Saturday – hopefully at 3.pm. (as I arrived a bit late for the 2nds game as they had started earlier than advertised!!)
1st v. Huddersfield – Home – definitely 3.pm.
2nd v. Fylde – Away
3rd v. Firwood Waterloo 2 – Home
4th v. Bowdon 3 – Away
That’s all for now – enjoy your Rugby – I do,