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By David Wilkinson

One could say there’s history between these two clubs; in 1927 when Macclesfield reformed as a rugby club, they played their first game against Davenport (Stockport). It wasn’t the best of restarts; however, after the 63 – 0 thrashing away, reprise back to Stockport in October and the Macc lads managed to the regain the bragging-rites! One place and one point separate the teams, with Macclesfield just ahead in sixth position.

Headlands Road was a highly competitive contest, with big crowds from both clubs, and was preceded by an excellent lunch generously hosted by Martin (Tommy) Taylor; expect the same on Saturday at Priory Park. It took a special try, started and finished by Sam Brown, to get the win last time, in a game that was nip-and-tuck throughout; Macclesfield winning it at the death 29 – 35.

Head Coach, Ben Wade, believes the game will be another close encounter: “It’s going to be tough, and the boys know that, after a good rest we’ve trained well this week. They know that they are going to have to play at their best for the full 80 minutes to get the result, but we have the players to do it. There is a good balance of youth and experience now; which can be seen with how the boys talk to each other more during the game”.

It will be a first start for Sam Adu, a winger, on loan from Sale FC, who will make-up a backline that has plenty of pace. There’s a shuffle in the Front Row, with Berry starting at 2 and Tom Burden at Tight-Head Prop. Stockport will be without two of their ex Macc lads, Tom Mantell is away and Tom Eaton is injured. It promises to be an exciting affair, come and give your support and help carry the boys over the line.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The team is: 1. Dan Percival, 2. Brendan Berry, 3. Tom Burden, 4. Harry Harding, 5. Rhys Davies, 6. Elliot Alston, 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. James Cross, 18. Seb Pemberton.


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