Macclesfield secured their second straight victory in National League One, beating Tynedale 34-10 to further cement 4th place in the league table.
The Blues hadn’t played since mid-November due to the recent bad weather and soon returned to winning ways.The game had been in doubt and was subject to 8:00am pitch inspection, where it was decided the surface was fit for play.
The game was slow to start and both sides looked sluggish in the opening exchanges, Tynedale were awarded an early penalty though kicker Gavin Beasley failed to capitalise and give the away side an early lead. It didn’t take the visitors long to take advantage of their early pressure when prop, Jonathan Williams carried the ball over, but again kicker Beasley failed to convert and the score was 5-0.
As the game progressed Macc began to find their rhythm, Tom Eaton converted his first penalty chance of the game and took the score to 5-3. Though in what was fast becoming a scrappy first half with a number of penalties being conceded by both sides, Macc hooker, Sam Moss was penalised and sin binned by the referee, the home side were now down to fourteen men and were up against it.
Tynedale were desperately trying to take advantage of the extra man but Macclesfield’s back row stood firm and kept the visitors out. It was the fourteen men that had the best chance to score when Josh Fowles broke free on the wing only to be tackled two metres from the try line.
Macclesfield finally began to put Tynedale’s backline under intense pressure with the half drawing to a close, impressive work from the forwards and persistence from the pack saw the referee award the home side a penalty try taking to the score to 10-5 at half time.
The second half saw the introduction of Club Captain Ross Winney, who was returning from a six week injury lay-off, the change paid off as two minutes after the restart Winney converted his first penalty of the game and increased the lead to 13-5. Tynedale responded by taking the game to Macclesfield but yet again a solid effort from the forwards repelled the attack.
The turning point in the game came after 60 minutes when No. 8 Jon Keep showed great vision to hand the ball off to Ed Sayce who scored Macclesfield’s second try of the match, Winney stepped up and added the extras and the home side now lead 20-5. Tynedale refused to go quietly and responded just three minutes later with a try from full back Sep Visser, but again they missed the conversion and the score was 20-10.
The game was sealed by two tries late on, firstly from lock Alan Marsh and secondly from Aaron Luckett, both tries were converted by Winney and the game was over, 34-10. The fourth try secured the bonus point and another superb five point victory for the home side.