Blackburn Preview

By David Wilkinson

The home loss against Stockport was not the planned preparation to take on league leaders Blackburn, but it is what it is, another challenge awaits at the league leaders ground. Head Coach, Ben Wade, has been floored by flu during the week, along with three other players, although two of the lads are hopeful for tomorrow.  Tuesday’s session will have addressed those areas of the game that the players know that they underperformed at, all of which will have been highlighted in Matt Coleridge’s post-match analysis.

Blackburn will be seeking revenge for their loss at Priory Park in October, it broke their unbeaten run, Lymm being the only other side to beat them last week on their 3G surface. At home, Blackburn are very difficult to beat, they play a controlled, uncompromising game, able to go through many phases using their big forwards, probing for a weakness. That said they will also attack from deep using their fast-footed Full Back. Last time out Macclesfield was able to gain parity in the set pieces and defended well in the middle of the Park; their better attacking plays making the difference. Over the hill in Lancashire tomorrow, they will want to do the same. Macclesfield’s back play against Stockport was not always perfect, but on the whole very good, if they can put their complete game together on the day, they have every chance of doing the double. Expect a battle royal in the middle of the Park with Harry Harding and Rhys Davies working hard, to stop and gain the hard-yards.

Kick-off is 2.15 in Blackburn; please come and give your support if you can, it makes all of the difference to the boys. The team selected is: 1. Dan Percival, 2. Tom Burden, 3. James Cross, 4. Harry Harding, 5. Rhys Davies, 6. Brendan Berry, 7. Phil Laing, 8. James Oliver, 9. Danny Martin, 10. Charlie Attis, 11. Sam Broster, 12. Terence Babarinsa, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Sam Adu, 15. Sam Brown, 16. Louis Singleton, 17. Lloyd Smith-Coates, 18. Elliot Alston.

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