Robinsons Brewery Shield Final 2019/20
Virtual match report.
Macclesfield 4th XV 25 Lostock 11
Macc 4s arrived in force on a fleet of buses, with all the trappings of a circus, including a band and clowns (the Avery’s), intending to make the most of their big day, following a fallow run in the cup of over 8 years.
Mighty prop Jeremy Bostock, elected to play into a strong wind and downhill in the first half, and in a frenetic opening, Lostock were clearly determined to give no quarter.
Bill Grayson was prominent early on as was Simon Street playing superbly and combining well with Scott Goodfellow and Jack Pearce, but against the run of play Lostock went ahead with a penalty.
Man of the match, Matt Bowden, replied with a decisive break, gaining 30 yards, ably supported by Matt Humphreys, whose kick ahead was parried by the Lostock full back, then the kick was charged down by Matt Humphreys and backed up by Scott Goodfellow.
Second phase possession allowed Nick Smith to feed Matt Bowden who went over and added the extra points.
Pearce popped up again in a move which allowed Nick Smith to appear twice in the line to touch down for a try to make it 12-3.
The front row were becoming predominant by this time, Mike “Dalo” Dale taking a couple against the head. Then Lostock closed the gap with a penalty, 12-6.
The pack was by now beginning to have a field day, Bostock, Goodfellow, Street and big Jack Nicholson gaining about 30 yards before Ryan Brown was forced out inches short of the line.
From a series of errors, the Macclesfield defence allowed Lostock to score a try to reduce the gap to 12-11, and first half ended with a period of stout defending by Macclesfield.
Bowden put Macclesfield back into the Lostock half with a delightful 50 yard touch kick and with resulting penalty from the lineout, Brown put Macc further ahead with a penalty, 15-11.
Macclesfield were now camped on the Lostock line and the pressure produced several penalties, resulting in a push over try for the might Macc pack, 20 – 11.
Young Tom and Bill Latham combined well, but Ryan Brown was thwarted by the touch flag and went inches short of the line.
Now the Macclesfield lineout was working like clockwork, with great throughing in by substitute hooker, Rupert Dixon, and from the resulting rolling maul, Big Jack Nicholson steamrolled his way through for a try, but unfortunately Brown missed the extras, 25-11.
Brown redeemed himself late on in the second half, showing some splendid ball-handling skills. Bill Latham had a bid job on his hands against a giant winger but ended the game with honours even.
The game finished 25-11 with captain Bostock collecting the shield. The team went back to Macclesfield for a black-tie club night, celebrating not only a great shield win but also Nick Smith’s 50th, the celebrations went on into the early hours of Sunday before the players retired to the favourite refuge of the fish market!
This brings to the season to a close. It has been a fantastic season, finishing third in the league and beating the top two teams, and captain Bostock is very proud and thankful of the squad of players that have turned out for the team this year, the team has really jelled together and has a great camaraderie.
Bring the season to a close also meant the player awards and it was no surprise that there were many players who could have taken these awards but they were as follows:
Players player – Jack Nicholson
Coaches player – Nick Smith
Most improved player – Bill Latham-Grayson
Have a great summer and see you next season (hopefully!)