By Haden Tye
Albion player/coach Kieran Hallett says that his side will have learned a lot about themselves as they defiantly saw off Macclesfield, winning 18-21 at Priory Park.
Kieran is looking to take the positives from the way his side defended the streams of Macclesfield attacks in the closing stages. Albion found themselves 18-21 up after Sam Daly, Harry Strong and Matt Crosscombe had all scored tries and Kieran’s side defended their lead with sheer resilience.
“We were not at our best by a million miles really,” said Kieran. “But we have come up against a highly-motivated team that knew if they won the game they would have a chance of not being relegated. We spoke about the challenge of that during the week and fair play to Macclesfield; they performed really well.
“They put us under a lot of pressure at times but the massive positive for us is that last five or ten minutes. Defending phase after phase on our line. We spoke at half-time about at the end of this game we will know a bit about ourselves because they were going to come at us and they did, and we showed a lot of character in that last five minutes to come away and win the game.”
Kieran made six changes to his team that beat Blaydon 45-0 at Brickfields last week and he said that experiencing games such as Macclesfield is the reason for his rotation.
“I have spoken a lot about rotating a few players and giving other guys game time,” said Kieran. “Experiences like that are exactly the reasons why you do it. Those guys will learn a hell of a lot from that game.”
Kieran said he was particularly impressed with the last five or ten minutes of the game, when his team fought to hold their lead.
“I was massively impressed,” said Kieran. “I’m always impressed with these guys. To be able to come on the road and still get a win when, for all intent and purposes it does not mean anything, and put your body on the line like that shows you a lot about these guys as individuals.
“Yes, we need to look at the detail of how we did certain things, but we will do that on Tuesday. At the moment I am just incredibly happy that we stuck in there at the end. A lot of the young guys will learn a lot from that performance and we came through it and we still won the game.
“A bit of it was individual error and a bit of it was not recognising what we should be doing at certain times collectively but I think you have got to hold your hands up and say fair play to Macclesfield as well. They put us under a lot of pressure at times and stopped us playing at times and fair play to them.”