Cheshire Cup v Caldy 2s Preview

By David Wilkinson

 

In my time, County Cup competitions were the real-deal, there were no leagues only friendly games, and on a national level only the unofficial Daily Telegraph Merit table, and the John Player KO Cup. Playing for your County Cup were the biggest games of the season, all teams were invited to compete and no seeding took place, which would result in some one-sided affairs. I recall facing up to David Stephenson (I didn’t fare well) in the Lancashire Cup, the following week he was poached by Alex Murphy and went on to play for Great Britain. New Brighton, Sale and Wilmslow were the regular winners of the Cheshire Cup, with Macclesfield (the holders) getting their hands on it for the first time by beating Sale in 1992. The Cup is now played out only in the 5th tier with Caldy 2s joining the fray to make two leagues of 3, with a play-off between the winners for the Final and the silverware.

A 2ndXV from Caldy will without doubt present a serious contest for Macclesfield; the Championship Club will naturally have Championship quality players within their squad, just how many may make the difference. The Macclesfield Coaches have their eyes firmly on the next three league games before Christmas, and will not want to risk too much, as the league this season must be their overriding target. Head Coach Darren Lamond, had said to me how he was really looking forward to see how some of the 2nd team players, on debut perform, he had this to say after training: “We’ve put together a squad of experienced old-heads and young lads that have come through the M&J sections, I’m confident the boys will go-strong, they are well drilled and all used to our plays, as we train together as two teams every week”.

Darren Lamond gives his final thoughts to the squad after training

It promises to be an excellent contest, whatever the result. Expect Macclesfield to play their usual unpredictable game, Charlie Attis will be at the axis of the plays calling the shots. I caught the end of training on Thursday night, with someone shouting out “saucepan” – a new one on me, the mind boggles! Ex Macc players Mike Barlow and Lewis Barker now ply their trade at Caldy, it would be great to see them at Priory Park, but preferably in a blue shirt. Kick-off is 3.00pm, please come and shout as loud as you like. President Peter Harper will be on the mic so please give him your support. The team is: 1. Simeon Meek, 2.Carl Droy*, 3. James Cross*, 4. Dale Crompton, 5. James Brocklehurst*, 6. Tom Burden Captain*, 7. Hayden Keogh*, 8. Elliot Alston, 9. Hector Tomlinson*, 10. Charlie Attis, 11. Sam Brown*, 12. Ollie Church, 13. John O’Donnell, 14. Lloyd Smith-Coates*, 15. Toby Moule*, 16. Ted Broadley*, 17. Brendan Berry, 18. Harry Harding*, 19. Tom Jennings*, 20. Harry King*.

*Mini & Junior graduates. In italics: players on debut

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