Match report by Ben Jaycock
A hat-trick by winger Morgan Passman helped Tynedale ease to a bonus point victory away at Macclesfield, 38-15.
Tynedale opened the scoring early in the first half through Passman, after a quick tap and go by scrum-half Matty Outson, caught the Macc defence off guard and the overlap on the left allowed Passman to score in the corner.
Fly-half Robert Parker scored the difficult conversion and the score became 7-0.
The away side added to their early lead, just a couple minute later through another try by Passman. A kick over the top by Parker, picked out the unmarked winger for his second of the day.
Parker then scored another difficult conversion and the score became 14-0 after just seven minutes.
However, Macc did get into the game on 21 minutes, scoring a try through Sam Broster, who scored after being picked out by an excellent and precise grubber kick by Tom Morton.
Fly half Morts just missed the conversion and the score was 14-5.
After half time, Tynedale started the better of the two sides, adding to their lead through a hat-trick try by Passman.
A kick in behind by Parker, was chased the quickest by the pacey left winger who gathered the ball and scored in the left corner.
Macc did get some needed momentum after Morts scored a penalty for the home side in front of the posts, to make it 19-8 after a high tackle by Ben Haigh on Macc forward Tom Burden.
Soon after, Tynedale added to their lead after a try by Liam Checksfield after good quick hands by the away backline gave the centre the space to score.
The conversion was scored, and the score became 26-8, with 25 minutes remaining.
Things went from bad to worse for Macc, as they went down to fourteen men after front row forward Tom Mantell was sin binned after not releasing after a tackle.
Tynedale then took advantage of the extra man in the pack, through a powerful maul which overpowered Macc’s pack and number eight Joe Mills was able to put the ball down for the score.
The conversion was scored, and the score line became 33-8.
Macc then scored the games next try through winger Myles Hall after he hit an excellent line of Morts pass, to break through a gap in Tynedale’s defensive line.
Morts conversion was scored, and the score became 33-15, with ten to play.
Despite the lift in the crowd with Macc dominating the ball, it was Tynedale who scored next, through a try by inside centre Jamie Dixon.
Dixon was picked out on the left side after a perfectly executed loop pass by Checksfield picked him out, he had a straight path to score.
Parker dispatched the conversion on 76 minutes.
Macc went close late on through strong running by Hall after he broke through the Tynedale defence but was tackled just before the try line.
Then just a few phases later centre Harry Blackwell, went frustratingly close after Morts pass after a quick tap and go, found Blackwell who looked set to score in the corner but couldn’t due to a great tackle by Mills.
Macc were up a man for the last few minutes after Outson’s late yellow card because he deliberately knocked the ball on, when Macc looked set to score. But despite late pressure Macc couldn’t add to their 2 tries.
Macc showed today how great they can be, but we need to maintain it for the whole 80 rather than just spells but there are certainly parts of this game that we can build on.
Next up for us is a huge game away at Peterborough, where both teams are in desperate need for points, as they sit just one place below us in the table.
Head Coach Marshy Gadd said: ‘Any loss is disappointing, I think we gave them a little bit too much respect and too many points first half, leaving us playing catch up and under pressure.’
‘We’re our own worst enemy but we can’t dwell on the result, we’ve got to change our mistakes. We’ve got to replicate that last 20 minutes from the first minute.’
Speaking about next week’s game, Gadd said: ‘Any away fixture in this league is tough, regardless of where they are in the league. They’re fighting for points, exactly the same us.’