Kendal Preview

By David Wilkinson

Macclesfield first played Kendal in 2003; in the 11 contests since then, Macc have won 9, lost 1 and drawn 1; it’s a record that the boys will be desperate to preserve. It’s a big birthday weekend for the Oliver boys, so they will not want spirits to be dampened on the return coach journey. The Alikadoos travel up in force, with an advance party travelling on Friday. That said it counts for nothing if the boys don’t get it right for the full 80 minutes.

Head Coach, Ben Wade, had this to say after training on Thursday: “The boys have trained hard since the Blackburn game, and tonight was a long session, the boys did really well and I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ve worked on come into the game on Saturday. We have no illusions about the challenge that faces us at Kendal, they have been a much stronger side at home and will see this game as a real opportunity to get a win against us, but hopefully we have done our homework and can nullify the challenge of their big forwards. James Oliver is out for another week on his HIA protocol, so Brendan Berry moves to 8, and there’s a little bit of shuffling with availability, this and next week, otherwise it’s a settled squad”.

Wadey has challenged the boys for a more complete performance, which manifests itself both in defence and attack, as well as making the right decisions at critical times. They will be desperate to get back into winning ways before taking on Rossendale at Priory Park next week. Kendal sit two places below Macclesfield and 5 points behind, but Macc have three games in hand. The win predictor might favour Macclesfield by 10 points, but as we all know this is rugby, and anything can happen.

And as for the RFU and their continued draconian attitude towards ‘our’ game; well there was talk in the Spiral Bar tonight of ditching them, sack them, they’ve got too big for their boots, according to Mike Keeling, although it could have been somebody else. It is 152 years today since the Union was formed, and this is their lowest point; in the eyes of club community rugby, that they are supposed to represent, they have completely lost their way.

Kick-off is 2.15pm; 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. Elliot Alston, 6. Seb Pemberton, 7. Phil Laing, 8. Brendan Berry, 9. Danny Martin, 10. Charlie Attis, 11. Sam Adu, 12. Terence Babarinsa, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Lloyd Smith-Coates, 15. Sam Brown, 16. Louis Singleton, 17. Rhys Davies, 18. Marcus Pyle.

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