SANDBACH PREVIEW

By David Wilkinson

Macc welcome back their Cheshire neighbours, to Priory Park for the first time in 40 years! The Old Sandbachians, as they were in my day, will be champing at the bit to have-a-go and claim the first bragging rights, in one of many derby matches taking place this season. In the past, Cheshire Cup matches were generally shared, but last time out, Macclesfield’s Will Davies snatched victory with a last minute kick, to steal it 30 – 31.

The newly promoted side has had a tidy start to the season, winning their first two games, but going down to Lymm last week. In contrast Macclesfield has faced three determined, strong sides; where our defence has been severely put to the test, but the lads will have learned from these challenging encounters.

Head Coach Ben Wade spoke after their last training session: “We’re a very young side that, so far, has been consistently tested. We are going forwards, even though we are only two weeks in as a new team; we have identified the places where we need to change, and the boys know that they now need to step up and grow again. Thankfully, I’ll be back on the touchline, which the boys are very happy with. It is a challenging period, but that’s what coaches relish”.

It’s certainly been a challenging start to the season, which is likely to continue for the next few weeks, as we go on to face the top two teams. If current results are a yard-stick , there should then be a little respite, hopefully boosted by some returning players. Those that have played the game, and gone through really tough times, know how in the longer term, it is times like these that build resolve and a strong bond within a team. Please give the boys all your support on Saturday, and make the Priory Park faithful the 16th man again; which will hopefully put my “Whaa-Hoo” machine to good use again!

The starting line-up for Macclesfield is:  1. Dan Percival, 2.Marcus Pyle, 3.Sam Cross, 4.Harry Harding, 5. Seb Pemberton, 6. Brendan Berry, 7.Phil Laing, 8.Captain James Oliver, 9.Dan Martin, 10.Charlie Attis, 11.Sam Brown, 12.Sam Broster, 13.Harry Oliver, 14.Tom Leicester, 15.Tom Jennings, 16. Ben Holden, 17.Elliot Alston, 18.Lloyd Smith-Coates.

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