Oswestry 2’s 22 – 24 Macclesfield 4’s

Macclesfield had an excellent win, they were totally delighted with this result.  Oswestry is the furthest away team in the league, it’s 70 miles to their ground. The fourth team were scratching for players and drove there with only 14 men,  however the home side in the generous tradition of rugby as it used to be before league rugby, they loaned our depleted side a player to even up the contest.

And further the man Oswestry lent, Ed Guest turned out to be a fine footballer and scored a try against his mates.  He endured plenty of good natured banter over his success.

Other tries from Captain Ryan Brown and young star of the team Ben Heginbotham who also added two conversions.  A wonderful solo try by debutant Jack Nicholson, recently returned to this area after 10 years domiciled in Australia.  He will be an enormous discovery playing with heart and aggression allied to very good rugby talent.

Paul Smith continued his role as stand in scrum half with confidence, he has always enjoyed playing in the No9 slot and did what half backs always do in that he had more to say than the rest of the team combined.

It was a fascinating match, the lead changed four times and the close result was in doubt right till the final whistle.  Actually it was a game between an experienced heavyweight pack of forwards against a lighter younger and quicker Oswestry side who hardly kicked but ran the ball at every opportunity.  The Macclesfield backs , Michael Moore,  Pat Ellis and Guillaume Janon with Brown himself all did lots of last ditch tackles in defence.

The big forwards Jeremy Bostock, Jim Welch, Geoff Chan, Troy Crocker and Louise Smith aquitted themselves very well helping hooker Rufus Dixon to steel four strikes against the head, almost unheard of these days under the laws of the game where feeding your own side is the norm.

Zane Broome the ex pat Aussie had a great game in the back row and the line outs leaping like a kangaroo always catching Dixon’s throw ins and disrupting the home team’s throws.

This is the penultimate league game; Macclesfield will finish mid table but the encouraging facet is they have fulfilled all their fixtures, not needed to cancel because they couldn’t field a team.  Captain Brown and Vice Captain Bostock are rightly proud of the team’s season and their expansive style of play

Everyone is eagerly anticipating the players dinner and end of season tour to Gibraltar in April.


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