Ashton U Lyne 2nd 21 v Eccles 4th 17 17/11/2012

The fourth team had their third outing of the season with trip to Ashton ‘neath the hills with a team cobbled together from some of the third team squad melded with other waifs and strays . The pack could certainly be described as seasoned as most were nearer bus pass age as opposed than student card with a few  putting on a jersey for the first time this term and in the case of hooker Andy Carr some time before several rounds of rule changes though his game only lasted ten minutes due to a neck injury. The backs meanwhile where a liitle thin on the ground position wise requiring some creative judgement as to who played where though  Pete Jones provided a sterling performance in the unacustomed role of scrum half. Eccles much to the surprise the home side (who play regular league rubgy) had much the better of this friendly fixture playing the more constructive rugby only to be outdone by a bit of slackness and inexperience . Having dominated early on Eccles fell behind to a soft try but bounced back with smart try finished off by Jordon Bromley to trail 7-5 and then sneaked into the lead with good effort from Twigg which was converted for merited 12-7 advantage but a slip in defence allowed Ashton to carve out a chance right on the stroke of half time to give them the edge 14-12 at the interval. The second half continued with Eccles playing a spirited forwards game with close up drives which kept the home side on their heels though they did their best to disrupt the flow by a variety of means .It was a gritty affair in this second period with plenty of chuntering from both sides but with fourths feeling they were not getting the decisions at the breakdown of play. Eccles finally made a breathrough when Jones spotted a gap after a tap down at a line out to power through for a desrved score and it seemed  victory could be achieved especially when prop Jacob  Henderson charged for the line but spurned the chance to pass and tackled in sight of the whitewash and the opportunity was lost .ThIs was made too feel cheap generic viagra online all the more galling as  hopeful punt upfield bemused the Eccles defence and from the ensuing hack on Ashton scored what proved to be the winning try. A great display from a team thrown together producing a performance which was far greater than the sum of its parts. Some of the forward surges were impressive with many oocasions half a dozen phases executed in total control before the ball was released.So a big pat on the back for the forwards   Billy Borrett , Henderson , Dave Bates Danny McManus Andy Waring John Brookes , James Akril and Paul Thornley (who must be taking Peter Pan pills for he seemed to be everywhere) who worked tirelessly for the whole of the eighty minutes .  Though the forwards had the hard graft the backs provided a cutting edge despite not being in their accustomed positions and would with a bit more experience added to the scoreline .Nevertheless some strong running from stand off Lee Murphy , Twiggy , Bromley, Grant Bentley and Ben Lark his afternoon was curtailed with an ankle injury.