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Tynedale 21 Macclesfield RUFC 27

The Blues earned a vital five points against Tynedale as they picked up their first away win of the season.

The Blues earned a vital five points against Tynedale as they picked up their first away win of the season.

The visitors, who began the day in bottom spot in the table, battled to a 27-21 victory as Gavin Woods, Tom Cruse, Frankie Barker and Elliot Brierley all contributed to the scoreline.

Seven points from the boot of captain Tom Eaton also secured the win that pushed Macclesfield out of the bottom spot and into 14th place.

Head coach Geoff Wappett was delighted with the result and said: "We did enough today, which is great for the boys.

"All those people who worked hard and stuck at it; this was their reward.

"Hopefully this is the start of a good run. I don’t want to try and prophesise but what I can say is that this win will give us a bit of a confidence injection."

Macclesfield enjoyed a solid start to the match, looking like the better side straight from the kick-off.

But Tynedale found their way into the match after Macclesfield centre Elliot Brierley (below left) saw yellow for a dangerous tackle.

George Cullen converted the penalty to give Tynedale an early three-point lead.

But Blues hit back after 10 minutes and crept into the lead after Tom Cruse broke through the Tynedale ranks.

Possession switched back into Macclesfield’s hands as Tynedale regularly turned the ball over after several fumbled balls.

Despite this advantage, Andrew Moralee touched down for Tynedale after the ball was switched out to the left wing on a quick counter. The conversion was missed as Tynedale took the lead again after 20 minutes.

Macclesfield piled on the pressure as they started to dictate play, with several players coming close high up the field.

It was Gavin Woods who provided the score for Macc, as Eaton converted to put the visitors in the driving seat.

An Eaton penalty soon followed in the final few minutes of the first half to make the score 15-8 in the final moments of the first half.

Coming out of the break Tynedale continued to struggle, and a missed penalty attempt by Cullen was quickly followed by a converted try for Macclesfield flanker Barker.

Alex Fieldhouse scored the first of his two tries, using his pace to break through on the right wing. The conversion failed to find the target, but Tynedale had fought back to 22-13.

Brierley and full-back Jack Moorhouse showed good attacking flair by working together as the squad pressed forward in sealing the victory.

It was Brierley who stepped up after 62 minutes, as he continued his impressive run of form by finding the space as the ball was played out wide.

In the last 10 minutes of the match and with victory in their sights, Macclesfield started to waver as Fieldhouse scored again after the ball was kicked into space behind the Blues line.

A final penalty was converted by Cullen but that was the end of the scoring as Macclesfield held on to the final whistle to give the visitors a well-deserved five points from a nail biting afternoon.

Wappett added: "The team was affected by a new bout of injuries from last week so they worked hard for that result.

"The lads came up here with a good spirit and got the game up to 27-13. Then we sort of lost our way a little bit and took our foot off the gas.

"We started to kick the ball away cheaply and had a bit of a panicky last 10 minutes.

"However for the large part of the game, and pretty much the entire first half we were in charge of the game.

"We scored two tries and could have maybe scored more.

"In the second half we started pretty reasonably and got down to business, by the time we had our fourth try and bonus point you’re thinking it’s all good.

"After that we started to see some of our previous mistakes creeping back into play, and I think that was when doubts started to appear.

"Even so, it was a good result so I would anticipate us hopefully firing on from here and entertaining Richmond next week with a bit more spring in our stride.

"We have to take it one game at a time and not look back.

"Today has been a good day, we’ve got the most points we could have got, but come training on Tuesday we’ll start to look at next Saturday.

"Next week Richmond (next week’s visitors to Priory Park) could have a poor game.

"We could take five points from it, and all of a sudden things could start to take off."

 

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