Macclesfield 4’s 78 – 0 Marple 3’s

This was the biggest win Macclesfield Fourth team has ever recorded in its history. In so doing they scored 12 tries, including hat tricks by Kieran Merriman and Matt Price.

The fourth team was created when Peter Harper, the father of the current Club President, took over the captaincy in the 1970s before the side eventually morphed into the Veterans Team. Searching through club records there is no recorded victory of this magnitude.

Credit should to be extended to Marple for fulfilling the fixture, we loaned them a player, Craig Price, Matt’s father, with Geoff Chan and Jim Welch adding to their number in the second half; both had played an important part in Macclesfield’s dominance up until the interval. They were equally effective for them after the interval.

The half backs: try scorer Paul Smith, again at Scrum half, and Nick Smith, revelled in the freedom to keep Jake Lodge, and double try scorer Simon Street, well supplied with good clean possession. This was quickly transferred down the line, so it was no surprise that Merriman achieved his hat trick.

Captain Ryan Brown earned a huge points tally, one try from his powerful incursion from full back, and 9 conversions gave him a total of 23 points.

The forwards ensured their dominance, with a back row of: Price, try scorer Scott Goodfellow (in a try fest Scott can be relied upon to cross the line), and Vice Captain Jeremy Bostock, now quite used to breaking-away on the blind side.

Our recent recruit, Jack Nicholson, scored the opening try by running 25 yards from a maul; he’s one of the most effective ball carriers in the team – rarely tackled all afternoon.

In hooker Rufus Dixon’s absence, Mike Dale was another scorer. Jason Walker illustrating his all- round game, propped and tackled with determination. Walker is actively involved with MRUFC continually updating the club’s website and organising the end of season tour to Majorca – already fully booked.

In the post match huddle Brown and Bostock congratulated the side but added, a caution, that the away fixture at Ashton on Mersey next Saturday, will be a different contest, and will need to maintain their levels of concentration and industry: “Nevertheless, today enjoy the moment!”.

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