Stockport 4ths 31 – Macclesfield 4ths 33 points

By Terry Robson

This was a game reminiscent of the days before rugby formed itself into league structures, full of flowing rugby with possession regularly changing hands; the entire afternoon was hugely enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

Ten tries were scored; the winning difference was one missed conversion by Macclesfield, to two misses by the Stockport kicker. The atmosphere was assisted by warm sunny conditions on a pitch, ideally suited for an attacking game.

The visitor’s heavyweight pack featured Jason Walker, Mike Dale and Jim Welch in the front row. Any opposition would have to be very strong and talented to shunt this 55 stone trio backwards.  With Simon Street and Simon MacLennon locking them in it was a great foundation to the pack. Even when the bench was called upon Craig Price and Calum Wright were equally strong.

The power of the front five allowed Johnny Thompson, Matt Price and Jeremy Corbyn to be loose enough to maraud around the field, getting to breakdowns early to secure the phases.

Behind the scrum Paul Smith was of course in full voice. Nick Smith played at full back, where he made up the back three with wingers John Short and Ryan Brown.  Later Bill Latham and Graham Heginbotham plied their skills out wide on the flanks.

After only 7 minutes Simon Street scored the opening try.  He’s so strong when carrying the ball he can always make another 8 to 10 yards going forward after he’s been tackled, his momentum setting up excellent platforms; for his try he only had to run 12 yards and he did take two defenders over the line with him before touching down.

Ben Heginbotham in the centre seemed to leave the arena as his father entered the fray so the family members weren’t actually involved on the pitch at the same time; otherwise we would have fielded two pairs of fathers and sons, in the Prices and Heginbothams.

Macclesfield could have faulted and had the win snatched away in the dying moments, when they conceded a penalty in a kickable position; however, to jeers from their own gallery, Stockport elected to go for goal, the attempt just drifting across the goalposts.

Captain Matt Bowden was delighted with the win, congratulating the squad on their performance. It will have been rewarding for them to get back to playing rugby without the pressure of the league’s restrictions. Their next encounter will be against Caldy on October 22nd.


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