Sat 21
1st XV
54
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14
League
Macclesfield 4
W Boot, M Keeley , H LeGrange, C Barnett, M Johnson, A Nother (2), S Rawson
Tries
D Ryder (6)
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By IAN BROAD
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Makeshift Valley team record a hard-fought win


With several key players still missing, Valley approached the weekend again facing the possibility of playing with less than a full team, only for the availability of two Congleton players (whose game had been called off) plus the appearance of Steve Jackson and Alex Sutherland to give them the rare luxury of sixteen players.

From their arrival it was obvious that Macclesfield were fielding a large, experienced pack around whom they would base their game plan, despite this Valley played into their hands, gifting the visitors possession with some wayward kicking and a disjointed lineout and, after ten minutes, Macc took a deserved lead as a series of close range drives saw them cross for a converted try (0-7).

This spurred Valley into life and a powerful solo try from Will Boot should have been a turning point (5-7), but Macc again forced their way deep into Valley territory, scoring another close range try to extend their lead (5-14), a lead that was only trimmed with half time approaching as Matt Keeley scored a fine long-range try (12-14).

Some stern half time words seemed to stir Valley into action and whilst they still had to produce a strong defensive effort, in which Christian Barnett and Hein Le Grange were outstanding, they scored some highlight reel tries. Hein Le Grange set the tone after just thirty seconds, another strong Boot run set up Christian Barnett, Matt Johnson finished of a flowing handling move before Luke, our visiting No8 scored two long-range, solo efforts separated by a typical Steve Rawson try gave the score a lopsided look that didn't truly reflect the constant effort and threat that Macclesfield offered.

The win, however, was fully deserved and saw Valley move up to 4th in the league ahead of their visit to local rivals, Glossop RUFC (28 September ko 1500hrs).

Tries: Luke (2), Boot, Barnett, Johnson, Keeley, Le Grange, Rawson
Cons: Ryder (6/8)

Men of the match: Christian Barnett and Hein Le Grange both produced hard working performances and were both rewarded with tries:
Mandy of the match: Matt Johnson for not one, but two epic illegal tackles.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

Division 4 East

League position

6
Macclesfield 4
10
Hope Valley 1
Hein LeGrange

Player of the match

Hein LeGrange
Christian Barnett

Player of the match

Christian Barnett