By David Wilkinson
For the third time of asking Macclesfield look forward to welcoming Kendal to Priory Park. The last two postponements have been down to the icy fingers of Jack Frost, whereas Rachel Rainalot is doing her utmost at the moment, to make it three in a row. We are however, doing our best to make sure that the game does go ahead. The squad trained on the 3G surface on Thursday evening, and there will be a battalion of Roustabouts with pitch-forks on Saturday morning, should they be needed. The game will happen!
After the brutal battle at Marl Pits last week, against Rossendale, you could excuse any of the lads for suddenly acquiring tickets for England against Wales at HQ. But other than one (besides Brendan Berry and John O’Donnell, who are unlikely to play again this season after their illegal inflicted injuries against Rossendale) we have a full squad to select from. According to Kendal’s post on their website, their selection is somewhat more restricted, with 7/8 changes in the team that took Blackburn close last weekend.
The Macc lads going through their plays with the 2nd team squad on the Astro.
It’s now been over a year since he have played Kendal, the last time being at Mint Bridge, in January 2023, whilst Macclesfield were far from at their best that day, and Kendal had injuries, the score looked somewhat one-side at 12 – 41. This season both teams have been playing better rugby with Kendal sitting strong in the middle of the table. On paper, some may put Macclesfield down as a solid win, but Head Coach Darren Lamond, will be taking nothing for granted: “It’s been an emotional week for the boys, and the Coaches, we now need to forget about Rossendale, to get over the disappointment, and concentrate upon us, and Saturday’s challenge. Kendal has a big pack and we need to challenge that. They will be fighting for points and we need to front up to that, and use our bench wisely. We are really pleased to give Toby Moule his first start in a league first team fixture, he’s been tearing it up in the 2s, and desperate to get his chance. Once again there are a number of players that will be disappointed this week, but they will get their opportunities before the season is out”.
The only other person unavailable this week, is, Daz! His wife is treating him to a weekend at Gleneagles – it’s all right for some. He leaves the team in the very capable hands of Tommy Taylor, while Sale Sharks are on their international break.
If this season does go to the wire, it will be down to points-difference, and if it stays that way, it is Rossendale who are home and dry. Macclesfield need to have some very good high-scoring wins to catch-up, so please come and give them all of your support for the rest of the season – it will make a difference. Worth a mention from last week, was MOTM; Daz thought that they all should get it, but it went to Rhys Davies. I recall him making a monster hit on number 8 Matt Lamprey, where the ball was dislodged, something that rarely happens! Enjoy the port Rhys.
Your team for Saturday’s 3.00 pm kick-off is: 1. Simeon Meek, 2. Ollie Longmore, 3. James Cross, 4. Rhys Davies, 5. Harry Harding, 6. Josh DeGroot 7. Tom Burden, 8. James Oliver – Captain, 9. Dan Martin, 10. Tom Morton, 11. Terence Babarinsa, 12. Harry Blackwell, 13. Harry Oliver, 14. Sam Adu, 15. Toby Moule, 16. Samir Tahraoui, 17. Phil Laing, 18. Charlie Attis.