Eccles U16 Vase Final – Sunday 13th April 2014 Information


Lancashire Plate and Vase Finals

LEIGH RUFC – Sunday 13th April 2014


‘Congratulations on your Team on making The 2014 Lancashire Plate and Vase Finals.

Please let Leigh RUFC offer you a warm welcome for the coming event, and look forward to meeting your Players, Coaches and Parents at this prestigious day in the Lancashire Rugby calendar.’


Car Parking

As you will appreciate with 16 teams visiting, parking space will be limited. We will have on site, marshalled parking available at a cost of £3 per car. Please respect the instruction of the Marshalls as we expect cars to be both arriving and leaving throughout the day, as the age grade KO times are staggered. If choosing to park on one of the nearby streets, please be courteous towards our local residents.


Event Admittance

Admittance is by Programme. £3 per Adult. Children are free of charge. Admission will be proven by the issue of a wrist band that should be worn at all times. Team coaches and all players will be admitted free of charge.

No Parents or visitors are permitted in the changing areas. Only Players and CRB or DBS cleared coaching team members.


All Plate Matches will be played on Pitch A                    (Please refer to facility layout below)

All Vase matches will be played on Pitch B


Plate- Pitch A

Vase – Pitch B


















Food and Refreshments

Hot and cold food and drinks will be on sale through the day. This will include a licensed bar. Please Note we will not be able to allow visitors to bring their own drinks to the event. All Players will be provided with a Post match meal. (Sandwich & Drink).



We hope that you will bring many spectators to support your team, but please pass on the following information to anyone planning to visit.

Entrance is by Programme. £3.00 per adult. On-site parking will be £3 per car.

Sorry, but due to space restraints – no Gazebos allowed.

Please do not bring your own alcoholic drinks. A range of refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Please respect the Players, referee’s, officials and the game. Inappropriate behaviour and offensive language is not expected and will not be tolerated.

Visitors should feel free to contact any member of Leigh RUFC should they have any concerns.


Enjoy your Rugby…






Club Appeal – Eccles Under 16’s

Just a quick request for support and a little assistance, our under 16’s side have progressed through to the Lancashire County Blacksticks Vase Semi Final and play Bolton at home on Sunday 30th March. Can you all please make an effort to come down and support and if you have any spare adult kit shorts, socks and boots size 8 – 11 bring them down to the club when you train this week.

Many thanks in advance and we hope to see you next week, kick off is at 11:00.

Tyldesley U16’s vs Eccles (BS MD4) 1st December 2013


Tyldesley V Eccles Under `16 s Blacksticks  1st  December



Eccles turned up to Tyldesley with a close eye on their unbeaten record and an ambition to improve on the final score from the last closely contested fixture at home which resulted in a draw.


Play started with Jack coolly collecting the kick from Cammie , leading into  Tyldesley s first period of  attacking play , which following a  confused spell from  Eccles who appeared to be trying to find the tempo but seemed to struggle to settle after Paddy was involved in an incident which meant he had to retire injured, was soon converted into points, first try to Tyldesley – but no conversion 5 – 0


Play restarted and was more evenly contested with each team containing the action at the half way line ,Goso claimed the ball at the next line out passing out to Jack , onto Bob over to Keaton who was looking for the opportunity to score and Eccles were starting to  look brighter .


Josh was up at the next line out and Cammie was kicking to gain ground on but fell foul of tackling too high on his follow up , although he incurred a penalty Tyldesley didn t convert it into points the score was  still 5- 0


Josh and Wes were contesting the line outs but unfortunately Tyldesley were putting together what looked like some well drilled handling and it paid off with their 2 nd try but again no conversion 10 – 0


Eccles seemed to be out of sorts but showed how they are maturing as a unit as they continued to look for a way to get points on the board ,which was demonstrated with a spell of good handling and  team play from when  Wes,  Cammie and  Ivan put together a good run and were nearly over the line  there but not quite .


Another good spell from Eccles following a scrum under the sticks , with Dean chasing to drop passing  on the ball over to Daniel Smithin , then some good handling from Keaton, Jack, Jordan , Cammie and Ivan who  almost converted  the pressure  into points  , but it was into another scrum instead .


Jack whipped the ball out from the scrum to Keaton who was running along the line determined to break the defence , then it was there  on the far side he blasted through and touched down , with a cracking conversion from Jack the score was 10 – 7


Play continued as Tyldesely were  putting together another attack,against play     Wes intercepted the ball in his own 25 yrds and off loaded  onto Cammie who booted it and chased with Keaton following up and closing down play with a big hit ,then Keaton and Josh top and tailed the next man to stop the next play from Tyldesley  .


Eccles were pushed into a defensive position with Cammie forced into having to collect and touch down behind his own sticks for a scrum too close to Eccles line for comfort, the Tyldesley handling was slick and despite Eccles trying to push them out as far as possible the pressure built and to the point of no return and they were over for a try  in the far corner but no conversion 15 -7


Eccles weren’t despondent and were  still trying to create opportunities and   looking to link up , Jjack, Cammie and Keaton  got together leading an attack closely followed by Josh, Bob , Wes  and Ivan, which resulted in Ivan going flat out and over in the corner,  complimented by Jacks conversion 15 – 14 and its getting interesting .


Play restarted but following a fumble there was another scrum , Danny Wilson was off like a flash on a bursting break over to Josh but Eccles were not in the threatening half and Tyldesley managed to gain possession which started a probing period of play , as Eccles held the line forcing Tyldesley to pass up and down the line until they created the break through which they scored from and converted 22- 14


Jack , Cammie and Ivan had another go at  putting together  attacks for the  line as did Joel who broke through 3 tackles before he was brought to a halt , Danny Wilson had a couple more of his fast as a  flash runs , Bob and Goso were having a go at a run s too ,and  Keaton Josh,& Nathan were on the brink of breaking the defence . Eccles were pushing Tyldesley who were getting a little anxious as the pressure built and score line was getting tighter  , conceded a penalty for a high tackle which Jack duly converted 22-17 .


As the match was coming to a close Nathan ended up copping for an injury to his knee and the final minutes seemed to fly by with Eccles holding on to the score which was a reflection of how well they had held onto  the maintain the margin, with the final score 22-17.


Mum s bit which this week was in consultation with a few peeps from the Eccles camp , in summary following today s match it was remarked that it would be worthwhile  looking at how many points were lost by dropped balls, penalties  incurred  and possession that was given away, all things which can be worked on .

The team is clearly maturing and developing as a unit and  credit must be given for maintaining their discipline and composure when they were under pressure from a well drilled and at times slick opposition , more work on the decision making and tactics will improve the opportunities to get more points on the board which will hopefully result in a win for Eccles next time these two sides meet  .

Eccles U16s vs Bolton (8th Dec 13)

Bolton V Eccles Under 16 s 8th December 2013


Eccles just about managed to get a full  squad of 15 together and were looking to regain their winning formula without any spare players when they turned out to Bolton  .


Play started and Bolton were off only to be met by Joel who was in with the first and second tackle, closely followed by Jack, the Daniels ,Bob and the   rest of the pack, but it appeared Eccles were perhaps a bit too keen and eager as they conceded 3 penalties early on and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game.


A period of good handling from Eccles started an attack which see sawed from inside Eccles own 25yards up to Bolton s 25,  where there was a line out  which Eccles won off loading down the line to Keaton who after out running what looked like  5 defenders was in over on the far wing and Cammie booted over the conversion 0-7


Bolton responded with an attempt of their own but were met with the Eccles defence  ,and perhaps it was because of the  pressure Graidson was putting on them that  they fumbled their next push for the line.


Jordan was whippy round the scrum working hard to make sure he closed down any opportunities with his tough tackles. Joel got the ball and went on the front foot with a challenging run off loading to Jack , onto Wes but then Bolton against the run of play  were back on the attack with  break away try down the  wing , Eccles were caught on the hop and were punished for the two  missed opportunities to tackle  with a try but no  conversion  5-7.


The score was as close as the contest as the teams appeared evenly matched but what the score board didn’t show was the number of penalties that Eccles were conceding , to their credit they showed how they are learning to deal with the frustration and concentrated on coming back with attacking play , periods of good handling from the backs, forward busting runs and  individual efforts , like Omar s break from his full back position  , the perseverance paid off when a particular good spell of handling sent Keaton over with Cammie coming in to convert 5-14 .


Bolton came straight back with another try of their own but didn’t manage to convert it 10 – 14   then the whistle went for half time .


Play resumed with Keaton and Joel joining forces , and then when Bolton were on the attack  Cammie stepped in with a try saving tackle , Wes went on a break , Wiggo was in at the front of the line out with his move that continues to catch the opposition by surprise, Jack was trying out a bit of cool handling  , Danny Wilson was rushing for the line , and the pressure was building with all 15 lads pushing for the points eventually sending Keaton over for his hat trick  but the conversion wasn’t to be  10 -19 .


Cammie  was looking to gain ground with a punt up field which he chased and managed to tackle his opponent behind the sticks which meant there was a scrum virtually on the line , the pressure was on the pack, the Dannys Stephen , Goso , Dean , Wes , Jack ,but they won it and Jordan was on to it , Bolton were under pressure, and Jordan kept his cool,  passing  it  out down the line over to Wes who flung himself over for the final try, but Jordan was injured and no one really noticed the conversion wasn’t successful  final score 10-24 .


Mums view; a frustrating stop start kind of game , with Eccles following the play rather than dictating it , but despite the challenges they adapted and maintained their will to win keeping their composure and responded with perseverance and periods of good play which converted into points on the board . And of course we all hope Jordan s ok and along with Paddy and Nathan back to full fitness asap .

Eccles U16’s vs Rossendale Match Report 24th November 2013

Eccles v Rossendale 43-6
As the forecasted frost that threatened to call off the match didn’t materialise Rossendale and a good number of their followers received a warm welcome on Sunday at Gorton Street.

Eccles had a number of their own supporters on the touch line including Keaton who despite being injured was a willing (but frustrated) linesman.

Play started with the kick off from Rossendale which was calmly collected by Wes who off loaded to Jordan but due to a handling mishap resulted in Eccles having to switch quickly to defence and the ref blowing for the first penalty of the match against Eccles which was converted taking it 0-3 to the visitors and after only 3 minutes of the match being played.

Rossendale seemed to sense a chance to increase the lead and a chance to pay back Eccles for the heavy defeat they suffered last season and soon were on the attack which only ended by a fortunate penalty being awarded to Eccles, which Jack made the most of gaining a good 50 meters down the line to relieve the pressure.

Dean F and Goso were on form at the next line out gaining possession which resulted in another  attack involving Jack, Nathan and Cammie finally passing to Joel, where play broke down and required Wes who then had to put in a strong tackle to prevent Ross from progressing down the field .

As Rossendale gained possession Jordan and Stephen responded quickly with some really strong tackles cancelling out their attack, then Stephen was up and straight back in with another of his trademark wipe out tackles, followed by Nathan who was unfortunately penalised for what could been described as unfortunate where through the refs eyes he was seen not to return the tackled player down to the ground safely.

The early 3 points to Rossedale  seemed to have given them the upper hand and their confidence was up whilst Eccles seemed to be very slow off the mark and appeared to be half  asleep and frustratingly perhaps being too competitive when contesting possession and continually being penalised and giving away possession.

But then things suddenly started to change Wes broke from the scrum feeding to Jack who quick as a flash was with him setting off on one of his brilliant jinking runs, weaving round , through the defence and over the line, beating 5 players in the process for a really good try. Nathan did not manage to convert making the score 5 -3 but the lads seemed to be interested now.

Rossendale came back with an attack which was stopped by Paddy clearing the way for the forwards to pile in , but again perhaps with too much commitment as Bob incurred another penalty which was converted making the score 5-6.

Play restarted (after Lewis had completed his dog patrol duties) and Paddy was off on a gallop with Bob dashing as fast as his little legs would take him in a bid to keep up and receive the pass and then keep the move alive with a wonderful offload back to Paddy for him to crash over the line to score. Jack completed the conversion taking the game to 12- 6.

Eccles were looking more switched on with the backs getting plenty of ball, then Wes got hold of the ball and went on a really good run of his own, passing to Stephen who fancied a go at run too, pressure was building as Eccles heads were up and looking to gain more ground and as they moved into Rossendale half.  Wiggi managed to secure the ball and passed the ball to Danny Wilson who came through on the burst, with Paddy at hand to off load to they were looking pretty unstoppable which proved to be the case when Nathan completed to final move by going over the line. Jacks conversion safely over  it was now 19 – 6


The first half came to a close after Eccles gave a way another silly penalty which Rossendale failed to capitalize on.


The 2nd half started with Eccles gaining possession but fumbling the ball , leading to another scrum were Wes was quick off the mark with the ball again but  despite his efforts he didn t quite make the line, so Rossendale decided to have a go at kicking to get out of the danger zone , but Danny Wilson had other ideas as he collected the ball and broke through the defence ,  straight down the middle of the pitch,  making  ground with a number of their defenders trying to take him down, he didn’t quite make the line this time but you could just tell  he would be back later to have another go.

Goso won the ball at the next line out, handing over to Paddy onto Jack , then he went on a run himself , all the Eccles lads were looking to create breaks  and dominating play , although Eccles were applying the pressure with a spell of attacking play from Danny Wilson, Cammie and Nathan running into the defence , they seemed to keep running straight into contact and failing to attack the space! However  Calm Cammy using his head flung out a really long pass over a couple of players heads direct to Wes on the far side of the pitch who linked up with Paddy who steamed over by the flag for another try 24-6  however no conversion this time.

Eccles backs were on a roll and continued to create opportunities until the ref intervened to have a chat with Danny Wilson and one of his opponents, resulting in a scrum which Eccles won ,with the ball out to Joel and Jack who were troubling the defence . They couldn’t contain Jack who was bobbing and weaving around players as if it they weren’t there, generously off loading to Paddy for him to go over the line again, no conversion 29-6

Daniel Smithin who had been holding the defence with some demon tackles came off and Jordan was put on the wing for his first game of Rugby Union. A further spell of attacking play Eccles saw hold their nerve and had the ball passing down the line to Wes who ended up one on one on the wing to throw the most and I quote Danny & Matt” outrageous SBW dummy” leaving the defender literally flat on his face, zipping round him to go over in spectacular style for what was definitely the try of the match and additional bonus points for the loudest applause and laughs from the supporters all season. Jack converted nicely taking the score to 36 -6

Eccles were still looking keen and hungry for more points, Ivan was soon off on the far side wing looking for a try but was unfortunately yellow carded for handing off the defender with a hand off which was classed as being too high (however in a court of law it could be argued that with the guy he handed off only being 2’6 tall how could he have done anything else!) Play resumed with a scrum which Eccles won then started a scramble for the line with the forwards threatening and looking dangerous and everyone in the line looking for the break in defence. Then in an instant it was there!  Danny Wilson switched on the after burners and after being stopped supported by his team mates drove over the line for the final try and conversion of the match 43- 6.


Mums view – good to see the lads back in winning form, the first half seemed closely contested and could have gone either way but once Eccles got themselves together they maintained their form and discipline despite incurring numerous penalties, the backs keeping an eye out for the chances and the forwards maintaining the momentum of a relentless attack finally wore Rossendale down which was reflected in the final score. Well done lads.

Trafford MV v Eccles under 16’s 17th November 2013 Match Report

Trafford MV v Eccles under 16’s  17th November 2013 Friendly

The Eccles under 16 s turned up to Macphearson Park for a friendly fixture and were looking to continue their unbeaten run.

Play kicked off and Eccles were soon threatening the line taking advantage of the penalty awarded  for Trafford lifting too early in the first line out. From that Danny Wilson put in one of his attacking runs for the line. Trafford responded but were denied by Nathan’s solid tackle on the wing, then Cammie confident in full back position booted the ball down field to gain ground with Bob chasing to collect and then bull doze the opposition in to touch.


The next line out showed how Eccles are developing as a team and starting to introduce some strategic thinking into play with Stephen tipping Wiggo the wink for the short ball, which he cooly collected and set off on a surprise attack.


Possession see-sawed until Eccles were penalised for not dropping back the 10 yards when Trafford quickly re-started , Goso managed to turn the ball over in the next tackle and Eccles were back on the front foot with Cammie chipping and quickly chasing the ball down.


Eccles were going for it , Bob was in there tackling hard, as were the 3 Daniel’s who were doing what forwards do, Ivan was chasing and grappling well and Captain Keaton was in there creating breaks and passing. Joel and Nathan were looking after the wings, Jack busy looking for kicking opportunities and Jordan, Wes and Dean F. Posing threats to a surprised Trafford back line. Cammie was coming into the line from full back to be in the  thick of it all, everyone seemed to be determined to get over the line and as play continued Eccles were awarded a penalty for Trafford lying over the ball, despite a really good effort Jack didn’t get the first score on the board.
Jack’s next kick was a cracker down field with Bob chasing but his follow up tackle must have been too much of a cruncher as he was penalised, it seemed to lead the way for Wes to put a few good ‘uns’ of his own in though, Eccles continued to put the pressure on. Jack on a jinking run with a lovely dummy pass, onto Cammie who off loaded on to Stephen, the momentum was with Eccles and it seemed a score was imminent then the penalty awarded to Eccles for hands in the rook was reversed, still no score and Bob reminded everyone that only Captain Keaton should speak to the referee…


Dean F and Goso were holding their own in the line outs and the scrums were evenly contested ,but when it was Trafford’s turn to attack – Eccles defence came back at them with text book tackles from Ivan and wingers Nathan and Joel , more try saving efforts with big smashes from Stephen and Bob and Eccles were up and at em. Trafford might have been shaken but undeterred and eventually and it appeared to take all 15 of them to pushover for the first try but didn’t manage the conversion 5-0.


Eccles seem to lose a little bit of heart as their concentration and patience was being tested,  although it was frustrating it was clear to the observers including Graidson and Omar that if they could maintain the work rate , keep working together and apply the pressure then the scores would come. Stephen’s thudding tackles were taking their toll and he needed to go off and big Dean (Paddy) came on straight into the attack with a move from the scrum.


Play restarted after half time with Josh on for Goso at flanker and Jack was leading the attack with another of his ground gaining kicks, Eccles won the line out but faded with a fumble on the final pass, and Trafford lost their advantage by not releasing the ball quickly enough. As play continued to see saw in the Eccles 25 yard danger area pressure from Trafford culminated in them bursting through from the break down, heading for the line under the sticks only to be denied by Jordan stepping in with a try saving tackle he can be proud of. Play continued and despite Bob, the 3 Daniel’s, Wes and others grafting hard in defence, Trafford finally forced their way over for their 2nd try and managed to convert a tricky kick to gain a lead of 12 – 0.


It was clear Eccles knew they needed to dig in and not let the frustration take over, but it’s easier said than done. Cammie stepped up to collect the ball, gaining a good 50 yards with his well placed kick up field , then due to an injur Daniel Smithan needed to be subbed and Goso was back on, play continued with Daniel Wilson off on another of his speedy runs, Bob kept on putting in his crunching tackles and the rest of the forwards still looked up for it with the the Daniels, Wes, Dean Josh and Goso, working together to contest the scrums, and the backs looking to capitalize on the breaks Jack, Jordan and Cammie were looking to create .


Eccles absorbed a sustained spell of attack  where Trafford  started to look confident enough to put planned moves into play right under the sticks, to their credit Keaton, Wiggo and Bob got their game faces on and defended the line with a number of leg taking tackles followed by Dean F, Paddy and Keaton who with their combined strength managed to hold up a try, forcing Trafford to quickly pass down the line out to the wing where despite Joel stepping in to take the player into touch the 3 rd try was awarded, but the conversion hit the bar 17 -0.


Play restarted with a determined Captain Keaton stepping up to lead from the front, Ivan and Josh were in with the tackles, then Jack scooped possession passing onto Daniel who off loaded back to Jack and he was off on one of his probing runs passing to Paddy who was over the line. 17-5 and no conversion.


Trafford seemed a little surprised they had conceded the try and appeared slow to react as Goso caught the ball in Eccles own 25 yard area and off loaded to Wiggo who set off on a bursting break with Paddy coming in to collect the pass before setting off on a canter right down the middle of the field , slipping into 5th gear as the chase hots up, he changes direction to finally gallop in over on the near side corner for his 2nd try and Nathan converted with a good kick. 17-12 , shortly after being congratulated by his team mates Paddy came over to the touch line to continue  his 2 tries celebration with his new supporters Ralph and Huey, then the referee blew for full time – final score 17-12 .


Mums summary – In the final quarter of the game Eccles were up against it, looking down and they could have been out, but instead the lads chose to dig in and play on to the final whistle, demonstrating a determination to achieve a final score that more accurately reflected their  team work and continuing development.