Well after last week’s blustery day this week we had weather of biblical proportions; hail, thunder, lightning, then day turned to night as the dark clouds set in. All we needed was for the River Irwell to turn red and a plague of frogs to turn up then all first born sons would be having a sleepless night.
Having “warmed up” in near arctic conditions Eccles took to the field in high spirits. The banter was free flowing, “There’s a difference between Brave and Stupid” said the Bear with little brain, “Yes, one’s on one wing and the other one’s on the other wing” said the wise Owl, “But does he know which one’s which?” asked the pessimistic Donkey.
Eccles started well mounting an early attack. However this was interrupted after 3 minutes when Sean “The Griffalow” Griffin decided he was having a head ache and needed a rest. This meant Sam “the impact player” Simpson having to make a very early appearance. This could well have been the turning point of the game as Eccles took an early the lead with a Danny Holland Penalty. The lead would have been bigger if only someone, who shall remain nameless at present, had not got all excited with the home team’s try line beckoning and fumbled an easy pick up. OK, we all know it was Glen. Now the Eccles lead was not to last as indiscipline took an early hold on the Eccles performance and an interception try, the best pass of the day for James Wright, and a penalty gave Aldwinians a 13 – 3 lead.
Eccles then started to show some positive character and came straight back at the home side and were soon rewarded with another Danny Holland penalty. This was quickly followed by a James Wright try under the posts, making up for his earlier faux-pas, which Danny Holland converted. Just before the interval Aldwinians levelled the score with another penalty to make the half time score, 13 – 13.
Just as last week the interval chat seemed to have done Eccles wonders as the second half appeared to be all in favour of the visitors. Very quickly the Eccles lead was re-established with a Danny Holland Penalty, then things got better as the Eccles forwards went on a rampage and the home side’s forwards gave away one too many penalties for which their hooker was shown a yellow card. From this infringement Danny Holland kicked over the Penalty to extend the Eccles lead.
The whole team stared to play as one in both defence and attack and the Eccles dominance was rewarded with a Tom Coe Try which again Danny Holland converted. A rare Aldwinians visit to the Eccles 22 saw the home side come away with another penalty. This reduced the Eccles lead to only 10 points which could have sewn some doubt into the visitors minds. Now we all know you cannot worry an idiot and fear is one thing these lads do not know the meaning of. So for the last 20 minutes of the game Eccles were again in full dominance with the home side players at times being put on their backsides, “# sit down” was one call from the bench.
The game was sealed with a Sam Simpson try, just reward for the prop having to make an almost full game appearance. Then as the game came to a close the bonus point was gained with a Matt Parkinson try. Now I’m not saying it was an easy run in but he appeared to have sufficient time to pick a few flowers and make a daisy chain for his mum, on the way in.
A good overall performance by the young Eccles team and that’s with the two leading try scorers only receiving three passes between them all day. Soon we will stop hearing only about the strong Eccles pack, which it is, but the whole team playing as one.
Hard luck to Aaron Booth who never got the chance on the day to show his talents, don’t worry lad your time will come, and there’ll be plenty of them, of that I have no doubt.
By the way, this win and other results of the day puts Eccles at the top of the table, with the next league game in two weeks time away to Bolton making it a real hum dinger.