By David Wilkinson
Last season, Northwich were one of two sides to do the double over Macclesfield, the first was the second game of the season at Priory Park. That day nothing would go right for Macclesfield, the lineout didn’t function and for the best part of the game they were like rabbits in the headlights, and Northwich took full advantage putting 50 points past us.
Wise words from Darren Lamond at Thursday’s session
In the latter part of the season we were a different team, having developed our own particular style of play, which has since been developed further. It is a style of play that challenges defences mentally and physically. Chatting to Head Coach Darren Lamond after training on Thursday evening, he seemed to be in a very positive mood, whilst being well aware of the threat that Northwich will bring to Priory Park: “We are excited as a squad about Saturday, we will have the same backline, with one change in the Forwards, with Matt Harrison resting his sore neck, which is a shame after his excellent start to the season. The pack was excellent last week, and I expect that the backs will want to pay them back this week. We are proud of our pace and performance, but we want to be tight in all facets of the game”.
Darren told me that they would be expecting a physical challenge. The Northwich team has been strengthened in the past two seasons by 7 or 8 overseas players, the front row consisting of two South Africans and a Zimbabwean, all of whom have played representative rugby, and in Taylor Haugh at Full Back and Eli Brizendine on the wing they have real flyers from New Zealand and the USA. Northwich were previously known as Mid Cheshire College, they could quite rightly now amend their name to Northwich International (tongue in cheek). It promises to be an exciting contest as the visitors know their way to the try-line; crossing the whitewash 11 times last week against Penrith; that said I cannot recall the last time Macclesfield did not score 4 or more tries, and they will be well prepared with a solid pack and backs that can launch attacks from anywhere. Bring it on, kick-off is 3.00pm, the tem is:
- Dan Percival, 2. Ollie Longmore, 3. Samir Tahraoui, 4. Rhys Davies, 5. Harry Harding, 6. Brendan Berry, 7. Tom Burden, 8. James Oliver Captain, 9. Dan Martin, 10. Charlie Attis, 11. Tom Jennings, 12. Terence Babarinsa, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Sam Brown, 15. Harry Blackwell, 16. Phil Laing, 17. Elliot Alston, 18. Sam Broster.