It’s always good to hear how optimistic and positive team coaches are; this attitude is obviously expected after winning, but after a loss the team managers and Coaches still manage to exude positivity of how their sides performed.
The first team management, led by Head Coach Andy Appleyard left Rossendale Rugby Club with a very assured attitude that their defeat was only a small bump on our season’s long road. Macclesfield were leading by what seemed a 12 point winning margin before a yellow card was shown to Hooker Sam Moss. During the 10 minutes, with only 14 men we conceded 14 points turning an apparent victory into a loss with a last minute interception try.
Apps said the staff and boys were disappointed with their performance: “We drifted away from the manner we wanted to play, conceding too many penalties and making too many mistakes allowing Rossendale back into the game”. But he added that he had faith in their ability to rectify and regroup, to right the wrongs during this week’s squad sessions.
Of the two home games, there wasn’t a victory for the spectators to cheer, as both second and third teams went down. The second XV lost to a well organised Caldy side however, Rick Hopkin scored the try-of-the-match. Pete Langley, Team Coach was very happy with plenty of aspects of the play, he especially pointed out how good the line-out was, crediting this to squad forwards coach Rik Jones for drilling the boys so well that they won all of their own throw-ins and stole quite a lot of Caldy’s. Harry Wheelton and Matt Harrison were particularly outstanding in this department.
We welcomed Terry Longworth for his first match in Macclesfield colours, he’s on loan from Sale for the remainder of the season, with the ambition to play for our first team. Two yellow cards were significant, playing a full 20 minutes with only 14 men is tough enough but against a top of the table side this deficit was exploited advantageously.
Pete Robinson and Paul Davenport were highly effective, their defence being particularly strong. Don Sheratte had an unlucky afternoon, he was called from the bench, but after only one minute was injured in a ruck and had to leave the pitch; fortunately an ice pack and immediate first aid saw him able to walk almost freely afterwards, hopefully he’ll be fit next week when they go away to Fylde.
Macclesfield 3rd XV 19 – Chester 3rd XV 33
The third team also had a robust time playing the top of their own league Chester 3rds, losing by 19-33. Coach Simon Grant, felt everyone had contributed significantly. Tries by Lloyd Coates Smith, Jack Caswell and Aled Williams were the result of good all round interplay between forwards and backs. The pack were out shoved in the formal scrums but were highly mobile and clever in the second phases achieving much turn-over ball.
Tom Jennings (once a Macclesfield Mini) has now committed to travelling from Leeds every week, Jonny Thompson at No 8 and John Poyser in the second row played well, Granty awarded MOTM to young Reese Melville. Next Saturday they go to Merseyside to play Liverpool University Vets.
Glossop 3’s XV 0 – Macclesfield 4’s XV 39 points
On Saturday Jeremy Bostock, 4th team captain, was delighted as they pulled off their fourth successive victory at Glossop, on their notoriously sloping pitch, with a handsome score-line of 0-39.
This was an impressive performance played in a strong wind and coping with the infamous slope of Glossop Rugby Club’s pitch. Macclesfield are not actually top of their league but another couple of wins will cement their place in the play-offs.
The forwards were very good, Captain Jeremy Bostock always maintains forwards win matches, backs merely decide by how many points. This fixture saw a welcome return to the fold of Craig Philips, his first game of rugby for 4 years as Hooker, he was propped by Mike Dale and Jason Walker. Behind them were the giant pairing of Bostock and Jack Nicholas, who yet again was amongst the try scorers, he’s now accumulated the impressive return of 12 in 12 games.
Making up the Forwards the back row trio was Lewis Smith, Simon Street and Troy Croaker; Glossop must have been overwhelmed even before the kick off by the size of our pack. Half backs continued their understanding, the two Smiths, Nick at fly half and Paul at scrum half – the latter scoring a very good team try, diving over the line following a 25 metre rolling maul. In Ryan Brown’s absence Nick kicked three conversions and a penalty, his first points from the boot for 5 years.
Matt Price and Matt Humphreys in the centre both touched down for tries, this will be Price’s last game for 3 months, he’s going into hospital for a bone graft; he’s been playing since October with a fractured wrist with complications that prevented it healing naturally. Keiran Merriman is also quietly accumulating plenty of tries (if Merriman ever does anything quietly) and James Parsons at full back, these two both scored, but Jim Moore on the opposite wing missed out this week.
On the subs bench Carl ‘Mad Dog’ Downes and Bill Latham added impetus when they came on for 30 minutes and it was a return to the colours for Rufus Dixon after a six week long injury.
This was a highly comprehensive win, Jeremy confessed to being very tired at the end, the slope and wind proving strength-sapping, he expressed his delight at the way the team played; saying how grateful he was that they’ve had such a good run of victories; he hopes they will continue this excellent form when we entertain Old Bedians 3rd team next Saturday. In this form our 4th team will prove a severe examination for any side in the league.
Rochdale Ladies 27- Macclesfield Ladies 15.
As both teams were a bit thin on the ground this week, the game was played 11-a-side with Macclesfield generously loaning Rochdale a player.
Captain Mary Thorp after the game said: “It was as a really enjoyable game and Rochdale commented on how much they enjoyed playing us and how they’d be delighted to support us in future with loaning players etc”.
People who had good games were: Sarah Naden (unstoppable in attack), Bex Ward (Kicking really strong), Phum Sikakana (Player of the match) which was awarded by the other team for general all-round contribution to the game. Tries scored by Bex Ward (2) and Phum Sikakana; this was a last minute try chasing a kick from Bex Ward.
The Ladies train on Friday nights 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm, all training is at Macclesfield Rugby Club. Any ladies who are interested in trying something new or if you already play then come on down – you’ll love it!
Medical Support Team
An absolutely essential part of the back-up team to the playing side, is the Medical Support Team. They are on hand before and after every squad session and every match. Players need patching-up with tape on existing sprains and pulls, massaging stiffness out of muscles and joints and first aid on the field after heavy tackles and knocks. We have a team of five who have a very strong Salford University connection, four of whom are in the second or third year of their Sports Rehabilitation Degrees.
The first and second teams regard their careful manipulations highly; recognising that after the injuries that players pick-up during a game can be much more serious without immediate treatment. Furthermore, there is always the feeling, by the players, that it’s OK to try and run-off a bump when it can be the worst possible thing to just carry on running about, tears and strains can take a lot more healing time, if not rested and iced straight away.
The Physio team that travels to Priory Park are: third year student Hannah Hughes from Cheltenham, Isabella Adlington who graduated this July and has been employed directly by MRUFC, Chloe Hull, also in her third year, from Bramhall and we have two second year students; Kirsty Keir from Knutsford and Zeesham Iqbal from Oldham.
After finishing their degrees these students have many opportunities available to them; a favourite is as a personal trainer within Leisure Centres, joining sports clubs, with rugby, football and cricket all employing full time staff.
Wherever the team end up, fulfilling their careers, we are currently very fortunate in having such a dedicated group, to minister to our players.
Club sponsor Leasing.com
A fairly recent sponsor to the Club is Leasing.com, the largest dedicated market place in the UK for new car leasing; their hoardings can be seen either side of the entrance to Priory Park. Dave Timmis the MD lives in Macclesfield and is a big supporter of grass roots sports. After becoming associated with Macclesfield, he became so impressed with our community involvement and spirit that he decided to sponsor us.
He has 3 sons Finn 13, Milo 10 and six year old Ted and he’s fully aware of the need to offer our children as many active and healthy options as possible. Timmis says Macclesfield Rugby Club is a great example of how to manage and put these opportunities into practice.
As a company they recognise the value and support clubs like us provide to young people via the Mini and Junior Sections and to rugby players throughout the senior teams. Dave says that his whole team at Leasing.com would like to wish everyone associated with MRUFC all the best for the rest of 2019/20 season.
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