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1st XV - Match centre

Macclesfield
Hull Ionians
J Redfern, W Davies, J Redfern, T Burden
Tries
J Tincknell (2), M Wigham (2), S Slingsby (2), L Minikin
T Morton, T Morton, T Morton
Conversions
L Minikin (6)
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Macclesfield 26 v 47 Hull Ionians

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I's go to 104 not out as Chester falter

Five tries in the opening half hour at Macclesfield’s Priory Park determined the outcome and earned the points that preserved Ionians status as league leaders. A second half revival by the Blues briefly rattled Ionians, until two further scores for the visitors put the result beyond any doubt.
Ionians were on the scoreboard by the eighth minute. James Tinknell crashed over by the posts to finish off pressure initially applied by the pack and Lewis Minikin added the extras for a seven point lead.
Macclesfield took play up to the Ionians line but lost possession and Ionians were quickly back to challenge at the other end of the pitch. A forward pass prevented James Newman from adding to the score, but play was brought back for an infringement and Morgan Bunting drilled the ball into touch 10m out. Ben Stephenson was held up just short of the line but I’s worked the ball to the blind side for Mark Wigham to power over close to the corner flag.
Within a couple of minutes Wigham added to his tally; from the re-start Bunting took possession and launched a cross-field kick for Seremaia Turagabeci to collect, he kicked ahead and re-gathered the ball before transferring it across field for Wigham to plunge over. Minikin, who pulled his earlier effort from the same spot just wide, made no mistake with the conversion and Ionians led 0 – 19.
Ionians were now playing exhibition rugby and gained the bonus point with an effort that covered virtually the length of the pitch. Minikin made the initial break before handing on to centre partner, Tinknell, he made ground before transferring on to Sam Crane. Rapid transfer from Crane via Turagabeci to Steve Slingsby gave the wingman the small gap he needed to hare away to the line. Minikin goaled again and Ionians lead stretched to 26 points at a point a minute.
Ionians kept to the schedule with another long-range score. Almost inevitably it was Minikin who instigated the move, he made the preliminary incursion and when held, off-loaded smartly to Callum Smith. Smith made ground before passing across to Tinknell to gallop clear to the posts, making the conversion a formality and the score 0-33 just after the half hour mark.
Close to the break Macclesfield launched a promising attack and pressed up into the visitors 22 but a senseless act had Joe Moss yellow carded for foul play and an already troubled Blues went in at half time a man light.
A change of ends led to a change in fortunes for the hosts. Playing with more fluidity than they had shown in the opening half they spurned several opportunities to score in one phase ( making a complete hash of a three man overlap) before Josh Redfearn finally grabbed hold of the ball and crashed over. Tom Morton tagged on the conversion and the Blues were up and running, 7 – 33.
Macclesfield were restored to a full complement and continued to run the ball at Ionians. Encouraged by some feeble tackling, Sam Broster and Will Davies cut loose and Broster carved a path through the centre of the field to put Davies in for a second try. Morton goaled again and the Blues tails were up at 14 – 33.
A couple of high tackles, as well as fresh legs from the bench, got Ionians going again. The indiscretions allowed Morgan to put Ionians up into the home 22. They won the line-out and moved the ball to Slingsby who came on an arcing run to cut through the midfield and race away to the line. Minikin had his fifth success from the tee and Ionians went 14 – 40 up.
Ionians then lost Ben Carlile to the bin and Macclesfield capitalised with Josh Redfearn grabbing his second try when he barged over again from close range.
Ionians responded again with a fine individual try from Minikin. It’s unwise to give him the ball and half a yard of space, as Macclesfield found out. A feint, a step and he was away, running 60m untouched and unobstructed. He added the conversion for a match tally of 17 points and 285 for the season so far.
Macclesfield finished the match with a fourth try, for a bonus point their second half efforts deserved. Jon Mason was quick to re-act with a tap penalty and after skipping through the first line of cover put the ball into second-row Matt Burden’s hands to go over. The point was immaterial though, with Macclesfield requiring a full complement to avoid the drop.
The Blues shouldn’t suffer the blues for long, judging by the talent in the squad. For Ionians it is looking like onwards and upwards. One more five point win will see them promoted. Next week brings Leicester Lions to Brantingham Park. Concentration will need to be better than it was at Priory Park, Dore Moor is not a place to go expecting favours.

Lewis Minikin

Player of the Match

Lewis Minikin

Key moments

8:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
8:00
Try James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
17:00
Try Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
20:00
Try Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
20:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
24:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
24:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
29:00
Try James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
29:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
47:00
Try Josh Redfern scores for Macclesfield
47:00
Conversion Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield
53:00
Conversion Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield
53:00
Try Will Davies scores for Macclesfield
68:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
68:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
75:00
Try Josh Redfern scores for Macclesfield
78:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
78:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
79:00
Try Thomas Burden scores for Macclesfield
79:00
Conversion Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Lewis Minikin is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
79:00 Try 26 - 47
Thomas Burden scores for Macclesfield
79:00 Conversion 21 - 47
Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield
78:00 Try 19 - 47
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
78:00 Conversion 19 - 42
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
76:00 Sub On
David Laverick is substituted on for Hull Ionians
76:00 Sub Off
Mark Wigham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
75:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Morton misses a conversion for Macclesfield
75:00 Try 19 - 40
Josh Redfern scores for Macclesfield
74:00 Yellow Card
Ben Carlile is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
72:00 Sub On
Oliver Longmore is substituted on for Macclesfield
72:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
72:00 Sub On
Chris Jackson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
72:00 Sub Off
Sam Moss is substituted off for Macclesfield
69:00 Sub On
Tom Stephenson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
69:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
69:00 Sub On
Ben Whyte is substituted on for Hull Ionians
69:00 Sub Off
Morgan Bunting is substituted off for Hull Ionians
68:00 Conversion 14 - 40
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
68:00 Try 14 - 38
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub Off
Thomas Brand is substituted off for Macclesfield
60:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub On
Ally Forth is substituted on for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub On
Dafydd Rees is substituted on for Macclesfield
57:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
57:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
53:00 Sub Off
Oliver Longmore is substituted off for Macclesfield
53:00 Conversion 9 - 33
Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield
53:00 Sub On
Brendan Berry is substituted on for Macclesfield
53:00 Sub Off
Tom Mantell is substituted off for Macclesfield
53:00 Try 14 - 33
Will Davies scores for Macclesfield
53:00 Sub On
Will Robinson is substituted on for Macclesfield
47:00 Try 7 - 33
Josh Redfern scores for Macclesfield
47:00 Conversion 2 - 33
Tom Morton kicks a conversion for Macclesfield
42:00 Sub Off
Myles Hall is substituted off for Macclesfield
42:00 Sub On
Oliver Longmore is substituted on for Macclesfield
40:00 Sub Off
Will Robinson is substituted off for Macclesfield
40:00 Sub On
Matthew Thorp is substituted on for Macclesfield
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Sam Moss is yellow carded for Macclesfield
29:00 Try 0 - 31
James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
29:00 Conversion 0 - 33
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
24:00 Try 0 - 24
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
24:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
20:00 Try 0 - 17
Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
20:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
17:00 Try 0 - 12
Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
17:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
8:00 Try 0 - 5
James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
8:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Macclesfield
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • James Tincknell Try 8:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 8:00'
  • Mark Wigham Try 17:00'
  • Mark Wigham Try 20:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 20:00'
  • Steve Slingsby Try 24:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 24:00'
  • James Tincknell Try 29:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 29:00'
  • Sam Moss Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Will Robinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Matthew Thorp Sub On 40:00'
  • Oliver Longmore Sub On 42:00'
  • Myles Hall Sub Off 42:00'
  • Tom Morton Conversion 47:00'
  • Josh Redfern Try 47:00'
  • Will Davies Try 53:00'
  • Brendan Berry Sub On 53:00'
  • Oliver Longmore Sub Off 53:00'
  • Will Robinson Sub On 53:00'
  • Tom Morton Conversion 53:00'
  • Tom Mantell Sub Off 53:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 57:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 57:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ally Forth Sub On 60:00'
  • Thomas Brand Sub Off 60:00'
  • Dafydd Rees Sub On 60:00'
  • Steve Slingsby Try 68:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 68:00'
  • Morgan Bunting Sub Off 69:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ben Whyte Sub On 69:00'
  • Tom Stephenson Sub On 69:00'
  • Chris Jackson Sub On 72:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Sam Moss Sub Off 72:00'
  • Oliver Longmore Sub On 72:00'
  • Ben Carlile Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Josh Redfern Try 75:00'
  • Mark Wigham Sub Off 76:00'
  • David Laverick Sub On 76:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 78:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 78:00'
  • Tom Morton Conversion 79:00'
  • Thomas Burden Try 79:00'

Team selection

Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Turagabeci, Jerry Turagabeci, Jerry
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Bunting, Morgan Bunting, Morgan
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Newman, James Newman, James
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Macclesfield
  • 1. Tom Mantell
  • 2. Sam Moss
  • 3. Will Robinson
  • 4. Thomas Brand
  • 5. Thomas Burden
  • 6. Joe Palmer
  • 7. Jordan Simpson
  • 8. Josh Redfern
  • 9. Jon Mason
  • 10. Tom Morton
  • 11. Myles Hall
  • 12. Sam Broster
  • 13. Will Davies
  • 14. Philip Laing
  • 15. Sam Parry
  • 16. Oliver Longmore
  • 17. Brendan Berry
  • 18. Dan Matthews
  • 19. Dafydd Rees
  • 20. Matthew Thorp

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21
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 30 113
2. Chester 30 109
3. Sedgley Park 30 101
4. Huddersfield 30 98
5. Tynedale 30 96
6. Fylde 30 93
7. Preston Grasshoppers 30 90

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