Macclesfield vs Carlisle 12/10/2019

On what was a damp day, Macclesfield managed to get back to winning ways by defeating Carlisle, 55-22 at Priory Park.

The main objective pregame was to capture a try bonus point victory and they did not disappoint.

It was the visitors though that took the lead in the 3rd minute, courtesy of a Grant Connon penalty kick.

Macc should have struck back immediately, Phil Laing only had one defender to beat after a strong run, but was tackled well by the Carlisle Full back.

The Boys in Blue had to be patient and in the 19th minute Billy Robinson went over to score the first try of the day. He used brute force after latching on to a crash ball only five metres out and Will Davies slotted his first conversion.

The lead had been extended four minutes later, Sam Stelmaszek chipped the ball over the top of a flat defensive line and regathered to score a wonderful try. The conversion missed but the lead grew out, 12-3 to the Macc team.

The crowd could be forgiven for getting excited, this was down to Joshua Redfern scoring a try under the posts, after running a great support line to go in untouched. Will Davies converted nicely to end the scoring for the first half.

The score at half time had been 19-3 to the home side. Despite two early penalties, Macclesfield’s defence had been exemplary.

It was a great sight to see many smiling faces in what had been a packed supporters stand.

On the pitch Phil Laing may have had a rough start, but he more than made up for his early errors through tackling strong and causing issues come breakdown time.

With the try bonus point seeming inevitable in the second half, it only took five minutes, Sam Moss broke away from the back of a strong rolling maul to go over. The score after a successful conversion was a convincing 26-3.

Although Carlisle, score wise had been outdone, they showed plenty of character and in the 49th minute James Telford scored their first try.

With the bonus point in the bag, score line security was paramount, and Will Davies scored a penalty kick to push the score out to 29-8.

In the 59th minute the visitors managed to grab their second try through Max Connon, with the conversion being successful, nerves began to show in the stands.

With the score at the time being 29-15, Myles Hall had been sent to the bin after a high tackle in the process of Connon scoring the try.

The body language had changed from bedraggled to upbeat for the visitors, but Will Davies struck a fatal blow, in the 64th minute he chipped over a flat lined defence to regather and score his first try which was converted.

Five minutes later, Harry Oliver joined the scorers list by receiving an offload only metres out to crash over the chalk. The score in ten minutes went from a nervous 29-15 to 43-15.

The supporters had been treated to more meat pies, in the 72nd minute Will Davies completed his brace after he used his pace to burst through a gap, then he used a cheeky goose step to wrong foot the Full Back and score.

For a team in 8th place, Carlisle showed character throughout the match and scored a third try through Chris Auld, who busted through two tiring Macc shoulders to score, the conversion had been scored too.

The final score of the match came from Harry Oliver, who went over to complete his brace and Will Davies scored a difficult conversion to close proceedings.

The final score had been 55-22. The victory had ensured that Macclesfield remained unbeaten at Priory Park this season.

The team on Saturday all played as a cohesive unit, that can be reflected from a low penalty and error count and also from try scorers in which forwards and backs scored.

Next for Macc is a trip to Sandal, who themselves beat Carlisle one week prior to this fixture.

With Macc looking strong at home, away matches will be a defining factor to whether or not promotion can be achieved.


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