Mixed fortunes for Hawks & Saracens

Fylde Hawks took a notable scalp with the narrowest of wins against Macclesfield 2nds at Priory Park on Saturday. By doing so, they climbed over Macc to 5th in the Premier League, although they have played more games.

Macc opened the scoring with an early converted try. The Hawks hit back with a try by John Taylor, 7-5 at the break in a half dominated by numerous scrummages. The visitors look the lead in the 43rd minute with a try by James Torkington which was also unconverted. Five minutes later, this was extended with Jake Foster crossing the whitewash. 7-15.

Macclesfield came back energetically and scored their 2nd converted try to get to within a point of the Hawks. The next score was crucial and it was flanker Toby Harrison who claimed the touchdown and it was converted by Henry Pearson. Although Macc had the last laugh with a late converted try of their own, the Hawks were victorious by 21-22 at the final whistle.

The Hawks will be in confident mood as they enter the 2017-18 season finishing straight as they have five of their last six fixtures at the Woodlands. They begin this run when 2nd placed championship contenders Caldy 2nds visit the Woodlands. They would appreciate a big crowd to cheer on this young and improving squad.

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Fylde Saracens had a tough task on their hands when the Division One 3rd placed promotion contenders Birkenhead Park 2nds visited the Woodlands. And so it proved as Park ran out 10-50 victors.  As Sarries skipper Rupert Cobain said: “Park were a very well drilled and organised side with promotion clearly on their minds.”

Click here for Steve Worsnip’s extensive album of action photos of the game.