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    Posted: 02 Apr 2017 at 12:25

Macclesfield, what a credit to the league gave us a huge match and was a great visit.

Looking at the map, it had made me a bit nervous about travelling to and from in the day - don't ask me why, it wasn't too much mileage than some of the other clubs to the East - the North just looks miles away from the Southwest.
 
An early start saw us head up the motorway as we swept into the services for our mid morning break, after this a diversion to get around traffic then slow moving queues at every junction but the good thing was we kept moving and had time on our side it seemed. Checking the distance between Walsall an Macclesfield around 1ish though was surprisingly more than I expected. All seemed ok then as we made our final stretch coming off the motorway with good time or so it seemed? The gear box started playing up, cue one or two comments about will we get home? whereas I was thinking along the lines, lets get to the game first as that is why we're travelling, as long as we get to the game.
 
Arriving at 2.30 with half an hour to spare in the end - we had made it, time to get a quick pint and then venture out to the viewing spot. Arriving the place reminded me of Ealing with the seats up from the action, I still look back fondly on that visit on a Friday night, a few seasons ago. The viewing spot was not in the seats but over the other side of the pitch in the sun.
 
The game started and an entertaining first half saw Albion dominate early on scoring a try. Mac's were not having any of this as they hit back with a nicely taken try - Albion getting another with a good bit of play themselves. 14-7 to the visitors with a couple of minutes to spare in the first half and Macs won a penalty - it was very kickable and that is duly what they did to make it 14-10 half time.
 
Half time is an interesting time, what will teams come out like? Pie in hand - the second half kicked off. Albion doing a bit of pressing, I remember this having to walk across behind the posts before back to viewing point. Mac's get another try - kick and chase and they lead 15-14, five minutes later 18-14. I was not panicking having seen Old Albanians and Loughborough away that resulted in late winners so despite being under constant pressure felt it was a lifeline when a penalty was won. Moment or so later, intercepted try and suddenly it was 21-18. Mac's were not done yet as they kept pressing once more, had this game been earlier in the season they may well have gone for the draw with the kickable penalty but kept attacking with phase after phase. Albion see it through with defence to matc the attacks. As a away fan, it was great to get the win and see it through - pleased for the team to get through a difficult game.
 
Time to go for a post match pint, told first that the gear box problems from earlier in the day could mean a delay in leaving we were then told the coach had failed the test run and we would be getting another coach until 8pm. Time passed by quick enough whilst we waited in the Macclesfield club having to have another beer, for a rugby fan - this was dreamland, more time in a rugby club. The coach arrived and we set off back on route to Plymouth getting in at 2am in the morning. The journey not seeming like 5 1/2 hours.
 
The last note to Macclesfield - what a visit this was, telling one or two of the fans after you had given us a good game. I was worried what they could be thinking - "yea, you're only saying that because you won," for example when I would have definitely said it had we lost. A true credit to the great game of rugby.
 
Rugby was the winner this weekend.


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Originally posted by hills17 hills17 wrote:


Macclesfield, what a credit to the league gave us a huge match and was a great visit.



Thanks hills17 for your comments. The Macclesfield players have really put their bodies on the line in the last few games just coming up short against both Birmingham Moseley and now Plymouth Albion. I am proud of all the team, coaching staff and committee members at Macclesfield for all their efforts in what has been a challenging year but I think we are now resigned to relegation and a season of consolidation in Nat2N. Good luck to all the Nat1 teams next year and maybe we will meet again in future campaigns.

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Macc have obviously showed great spirit to keep going even though relegation has looked inevitable for a while. Fair play to them.
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Yes M6 proved difficult for Birmingham Moseley on their trip to Macc too I think arriving with not to much time to spare for KO. But in any case I always wonder why more people don't use A34 Walsall northwards to those zones. The M6 carries quite a lot of round ball fans north bound especially on a Saturday. Others may be able to confirm that around the M6 towards Old Trafford for MU games traffic queues stretch to and on to the motorway system. Of little use now I know!!

Yes, we at BMRFC also enjoyed Maccs all out effort and they just failed to catch us last week with their fans making themselves heard as did BM fans.

Come back stronger Macc - we'll miss you for now. 
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