46-20 win for Macclesfield

SSE National League 2 North Round 8 review

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 04:28pm
Prestbury, Cheshire East
By Nicol McClelland
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SSE National League Two North leaders Macclesfield consolidated their position at the top of the table with a 46-20 win at Leicester Lions.

The Blues ran in eight tries in total – five of them in the second half, to pick up maximum points for the seventh time this season. Backs Elliot Brierley and Matt King both helped themselves to a brace of tries.

For the second week running Stourbridge failed to register a try-bonus point. Rob Hurrell and Stefan Shillingford scored the Saxons' only tries against a determined Chester outfit whose resilience kept them in the hunt right up until the latter stages. Stourbridge found themselves 20-3 ahead after 45 minutes but they were unable to kick on thereafter, and tries either side of the hour-mark from Tom Foden and Mike Craven brought Chester back to within five points. Jamie Hearn's penalty eight minutes from time allowed the Saxons some breathing space and denied Chester what would have been a deserved losing bonus point.

Darlington Mowden Park avenged last season's 34-0 drubbing at Lightfoot Green at the hands Preston Grasshoppers thanks to a powerful performance from the forwards. DMP's pack won two penalty tries either side of tries from flanker Jack Allcock and back Cameron Mitchell.

Six different players were on the scoresheet for Sedgley Park who ran out 44-23 winners at home to Otley. Thomas Leader led the way with 19 points, his haul including a try, four conversions and two penalties. Mark Ireland kicked six penalties for Otley to pass the century mark for points scored this season. Otley's only try was scored by centre Chris Gemmell.

Harrogate fought back from 17-14 down at half-time to win 47-22 away to Dudley Kingswinford. Scrum-half Danny Matthews scored a hat-trick for 'Gate who now boast a positive points difference despite being in the lower half of the table. Birmingham & Solihull had their own hat-trick hero in the form of Dai Evans. Fellow wing Ian Briggs improved five of the Bees' six tries in a 40-12 win over Bromsgrove.

Caldy picked up maximum points at home to Hull, scoring six tries to beat their fellow strugglers 49-17. Rich Vasey kicked 19 points and hooker Chris Jones scored twice in a one-sided affair at Paton Field.

Tigers won for the first time this season to move off the foot of the table at the expense of Dudley. Pete Swatkins grabbed two of the Tigers' four tries in a 29-5 win over Luctonians at Dore Moor.


Round 8 results, Saturday October 26

Birmingham & Solihull 40 Bromsgrove 12

Caldy 49 Hull 17

Chester 15 Stourbridge 23

Dudley Kingswinford 22 Harrogate 47

Leicester Lions 20 Macclesfield 46

Preston Grasshoppers 10 Darlington Mowden Park 34

Sedgley Park 44 Otley 23

Sheffield Tigers 29 Luctonians 5


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