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Macclesfield 39 – 3 Kirkby Lonsdale

Macclesfield picked up where they left off last week by putting Kirkby Lonsdale to the sword on Saturday.

The Macc managed to claim a third consecutive try bonus point victory, crossing the line six times.

Despite conditions not being the friendliest, the rain and cold did not stop the supporters coming out in full force for both teams at Priory Park.

The opening ten minutes of the game had gone scoreless, both defences remained strong and handling errors had been exchanged.

Sam Moss managed to break the deadlock in the 12th minute, dotting down on the base of the post after a strong pick and go. Will Davies took full kicking duties in the match and converted successfully.

The only other points scored in the half came from Lewis Williams for the visitors via a penalty kick in the 23rd minute.

Kirkby Lonsdale’s number 8 Harlan Corrie had been shown a yellow card only five minutes from the break for repeat offenses at the breakdown.

The score at the end of the first half was Macclesfield 7-3 Kirkby Lonsdale, this had been Macc’s first half time lead of the league season but did not reflect on how strong the home side had been.

Andy Appleyard’s half time speech to the boy’s must have been a great one as the Macc outscored the visitors in the second half 32-0.

The scoring opened in the 47th minute through a penalty kick from Will Davies, followed by a try five minutes later by Harry Oliver. Within the space of 15 second half minutes the score had went out to 15-3 in favour of the boys in blue.

Sam Stelmaszek went over for his first of the day in the 57th minute, he managed to step the opposition winger to run into a large open space to score untouched. The conversion had been scored taking the home side to a 22-3 lead.

With the visitors looking dejected, the bonus point had been the next point of focus and with 20 minutes left, the Priory Park faithful believed it could happen.

Myles Hall managed to go over for his first try of the day, he latched onto a brilliant cut out pass to dive over the line. The dive itself would have even been appreciated by Tom Daley.

The scoring did not finish there as Sam Stelmaszek managed to use footwork to glide past the opposition centre and winger. The Kirkby Lonsdale winger should stop having nightmares about being stepped come the return fixture.

Myles Hall closed off the scoring on the stroke of full time by kicking the ball through and dropping down with not a defender in sight.

Will Davies managed to score the last conversion, which topped of what was a convincing victory for Macc.

The match finished Macclesfield 39-3 Kirkby Lonsdale. This had been the first time Macc had kept the opposition scoreless in terms of tries this season.

The notable performance of the day had come from the defence. Kirkby Lonsdale had hammered Carlisle last week 43-7 and had only managed a penalty kick against Macc on Saturday.

The next challenge facing the blue Macc wave comes in the form of Harrogate away from home this coming Saturday. To keep up to date on matchday events, team information, player and coach interviews, follow Macclesfield Rugby on our Twitter and Facebook page.  

By Luke Murphy

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