Match Report: Rosslyn Park 25 Macclesfield 44
22nd November 2010
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The Blues produced a solid display in South London to continue their already excellent away form, running in eight tries, five of which came in the second half.


First team coach Andy Northey was certainly pleased with the result, “We were massively happy with the victory, to come away having scored 44 points is fantastic for the lads.”


Though it was the away side that took the early advantage scoring the first try of the game after just three minutes, and to make matters worse for Macc fly half Tom Eaton was sin binned two minutes later meaning they were forced to play the majority of the opening exchanges of the game with just fourteen players.


Macclesfield were having to withstand heavy pressure from Rosslyn Park as they looked to take advantage of having the extra man. The Blues stood firm and did not panic, and dug in defensively, gaining vital field position that ultimately lead to prop Tom Mantell scoring Macc’s opening try of the game.


At 5-5 the game was evenly poised and both sides were looking to make their mark on the game. Eaton returned to the field and was unable to capitalise on a penalty opportunity to give Macc a narrow lead. The home side were enjoying larger amounts of possesion and could have taken the upper hand but for handling errors out on the wing.


Rosslyn Park did eventually take the lead after 28 minutes when full back Ollie Lindsay-Hague collected the ball at half way and evaded the Macclesfield defence on more than one occasion to carry the ball over. Fly half Ross Laidlaw added the extras to make the score 12-5.


The away side responded and scored two tries in the space of ten minutes, to give them a 17-12 lead. Laidlaw added a penalty just before half time to bring Rosslyn Park within two.


The second half began much the same as the first with the home side setting the early pace, and Hague capitalised on this to score his second try of the game, which Laidlaw converted and added a penalty ten minutes later, Rosslyn were 25-17 up and in control.


The Blues began to establish themselves and build the pressure on Rosslyn’s back line and move the ball up field. Great work from the forwards allowed Ben Lathem to break free and bring Macclesfield to within one point at 25-24.


Jonny Barrett was sin binned for the home side and Macclesfield took full advantage, Evan Stewart scored the first of three tries, with Ed Sayce and Josh Fowles completely the rout. The try of the game came from Fowles, Eaton made a long pass from the centre allowing Fowles to burst free on the wing and score. Eaton added a penalty in the final minutes to make the score 44-25, and give Macclesfield another five point victory and continue their rise up the league table.

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