THREES TRIUMPH AS ONES AND TWOS REST!

There was little rugby this weekend, as both the 1st and 2nd teams had a fallow week, as part of the RFU’s restructure within community rugby. Instead the players were given a week off, to recover from injury niggles and reflect upon the previous week’s loss to Lymm. Club Statistician, Matt Coleridge, had prepared a highlight video for the players to debate at their Tuesday session. There are always reasons for a loss, and the session explored the detail of what could have been done better, such as: individual plays/decisions, game tempo, kicking executions, etc.

The squad now builds for the last game, in the first half of the season, away against Wirral. Only two places and six points separate the teams which will lay the ground for a very competitive game of rugby. Previous matches have all been close, Wirral will be keen to solidify their position above the drop-zone and Macclesfield will be determined to get back into winning ways and climb up the table.

After his one match suspension, Jordon Simpson will come back into the reckoning, and it is hoped that Captain James Oliver will have recovered from injury, and along with available Phil Laing, will give Head Coach Ben Wade some Back Row selection options.

 

Macc 3rd XV 36 – Burnage 3rd XV 10

By Simon Grant

Being the only the team playing on a crisp Autumn Day, Macclesfield 3rd team hosted a Burnage 3rd team on the wide expanse of the 1st team pitch at Priory Park, entertaining a hardy bunch of supporters, who were out for a breath of fresh air and a little refreshment.

It was disappointing for Burnage that they could only bring 13 players, especially as they also had no other teams playing that day, but the guys that turned out were robust throughout and battled to the end.

Macclesfield steal the lineout ball and set up an attack

Both teams started brightly and for 15 minutes there was no score as the Macclesfield scrum dominated and the back row of Isaac, Matt Price and Ben Hadfield started to take control in the loose. In fact, Macclesfield could have had at least two scores within the first 10 minutes, but a low winter sun and cold hands were the reason that, Full Back, James Keep gave, as the chances went begging.

Matt Dempsey beats his man to set up an attack for Macclesfield

Eventually the pressure told as ultimate Man of the Match Max Dempsey scored the first of his two try’s after breaking clear in midfield in the unfamiliar position of centre.

Harry Grant & Rick Hopkin at Fly Half then began to find their rhythm switching play from left to right, but it was another ten minutes until the tenacious Asher Bryden scored from close range, burrowing over close by the posts. The try was converted by Oli Wilson landing his second successful kick of the afternoon.

The final score of the first half came from the prop John Poyser, using all of his experience & guile,  to jog over from about 20 metres, as Burnage stopped playing thinking that the referee might blow his whistle due to a break in play. Unbelievably the kick was missed by Wilson, from in front of the posts, as Macclesfield went into the half time huddle 19 – 0 to the good.

The second half started positively for Macc, as Ben Hadfield continued with his great game in the loose, the talented Louis Gray had been replaced just before half time after what could have been deemed as a late tackle, by the versatile and dynamic Danny Briggs.

Macclesfield 3rds get the shove on against Burnage

With the front row of Dalo, Poyser and Bryden, dominating the scrum, the platform was solid for phase after phase of attack and again spaces appeared in midfield as Max Dempsey showed his pace and balance by skipping through the midfield defence to score his second try, a good effort all round from this up-and-coming player, especially as he didn’t have to many hours sleep the night before!

Burnage then, from nowhere, with their 13 men came back and scored two quick try’s which had spectators looking away from their pint pots and towards the score board, could the come-back be on, at 24-10?

Alas for Burnage it wasn’t to be, as an attacking Scrum on their 22 resulted in a slick 8 to 9 blind side move with the veteran full back Keep joining the line and managing to catch a pass, at long last, going over in the corner.

For the remainder of the game, it was all Macclesfield, Blaney on the wing making some probing runs, debutant Brad Alston in the second row making his presence felt with his power and weight.

The final score of the day fell to skipper Harry Grant, supporting Max Dempsey on another of his mazy run’s, breaking through two tackles. Call it selfless or maybe the thought of having to buy a jug for his third try, Dempsey gave an inch-perfect-pass to Grant for his first try of the season.

One mustn’t forget the effervescent Paul Smith who stepped up from the comfort of the 4th team, who unfortunately had their game cancelled the night before, to assist and play in a back row position completely alien to him and unbelievably giving no penalties away.

Credit to both sides for an entertaining game played in great spirits, in such a challenging time for grass roots rugby.

It’s all about getting a game played each week and this we are managing to do with a fantastic spirit within this side. If anybody fancies being part of the fun, on any Saturday, you would be more than welcome.

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