ECCLES Colts 14 v Warrington 20 Lancs Cup Final

ECCLES Colts 14 v Warrington 20

Douglas Valley                04.05.14 – 3.30pm k.o.     Att: 103

Frank Morgan U19 Lancashire Cup


The Cream of Cheshire took on the Lancashire Hot Pots in the final of the Lancashire Cup.  I know what you are thinking but if Hereford United can win the Welsh Cup and Israel the Eurovision then why not?  They are only boundaries anyhow.  So two of the best under 19 teams in Lancashire played out this eagerly awaited final, the last on the show card of a day of finals.

Lenny the self-acclaimed stud was missing a couple of studs and Dave Hargreaves sat studying the oppositions dance moves before the off but after the whistle Eccles started well and on the front foot.  A good break from Aaron Booth but as met with a stern defence but the Lancashire side look organised in the rucks and stifled any Warrington flow pressurising them early on.  Another Aaron break through following up his own chip was collected by Warrington but moments later Eccles had a chance to open the scores as their pressure told putting the Wires on the back foot and giving away a penalty in front of the posts albeit 30 yards out.  Aaron clean kick through 3-0.

Eccles then failed to keep hold of the ball and a mistake in the backs allowed Warrington to get quick ball out wide and over.  Kick hit the post so the lead was only two points 3-5.

The scrum, possession and line outs were fairly equal, Warrington had pace but Eccles were organised and powerful, winning a line out midway and driving well 20 plus yards but couldn’t make the advantage tell.  Warrington’s line out worked well and quick ball out but a great hit from Lewis and then Luke stemmed any attack.

Eccles’ defence held well on their line and turned over the ball, gaining quick ground running deep into Warrington’s half giving the Cheshire team problems, who were scampering back to cover their lines but giving away a penalty for holding on in the process.  Aaron coolly kicked giving Eccles a half time lead 6-5.

The second half appeared to ring the changes, Rob came on to the cry of ‘Discipline Bob!’ two words not usually stringed together and Danny with his taped up broken head seems to be ready for battle but then off again.

Another early penalty given away by Warrington allowed the trust boot of Aaron to increase Eccles’ lead although it was aided by the left hand post.  9-5.

There was a touch of the Showaddywaddys about Eccles’ defences, a few good hits!! (well Under the moon of love and hey rock n roll were class!!)  Connor tackled well, Warrington broke but Lewis tackled well only to be sin binned for an infringement I think only the ref saw.  Warrington narrowed the lead with a penalty conversion 9-8.  Connor was a brick wall again but Eccles not clearing their lines allowed Warrington to use the men over to score their second try.  Kick was wide 9-13.

Eccles tried to overturn the scores immediately but the final pass let them down with men over and the ball passing through good quick hands.

The score board doesn’t lie the game was close and it was going to be a flash of great skill or a mistake that would decide this game.

Unfortunately it was the later for Eccles, mistakes at the back giving the ball away allowed Warrington in and add to their lead with a converted try. 9-20

Eccles pressed and Warrington kicked to clear their lines, Matt tackled well, Paddy supported and fed Aaron who side step created the gap and he ran through to give Eccles a deserved try.  The excitement of the try disturbed Aarons boots as his conversion went wide 14-20.

Although the lads were disappointed coach Dave was really proud of the performance.

A big thank you to the lads for entertaining us this season and also thanks to Dave and Nic for all there hard work…


Match Report Jason Eaton.


27/04/14 KO 1.00pm

Having not had a game for a few weeks coach Dave arranged this friendly against Rossendale who we have not played against for several seasons. A bit of a warm up ready for the Lancs cup final next week. Eccles started the game very slowly and found themselves defending for much of the half. It took the colts 20 minutes to finally have a decent attack which saw Ross go over but the Rossendale defender held him up preventing a try. Captain Harry was sinn binned along with his opposite number. Curtis had a couple of decent runs at centre, Ross at full back was told by coach Dave to pass as he tried to break through! Right on half time Tom Waring went over in the corner to score, Johnny missed the difficult conversion, 0-5.

HT 0-5

The second half saw Eccles move up a gear, a great burst from Curt only to be tackled well by the Rossendale full back. Rob made a catch, yes he caught the ball! Harry broke free and popped the ball out to Lenny who scored under the sticks, Johnny converted, 0-12.Eccles were passing well, Sam on the right wing had a couple of good runs along with debut winger Adam on the left. Lenny was driving well and on one occasion found Harry who passed out to Tom who scored his second try, Johnny converted, 0-19.I mentioned earlier Adam making his debut well he had a great game scoring 2 tries which Johnny converted, 0-33. Before I forget Lenny played well at centre for the last 10 mins!

FT 0-33

Back in the bar one of the Rossendale coaches organised a game involving press ups and drinking! Up stepped Connor, Tom, Rob, Danny, Curt, Lewis, Harry and Ross. They faced 8 Rossendale lads and won!!

Good Luck next week in the Lancs cup final

Match report Tim Eaton.

Eccles Colts into Lancs Cup Final

A place in the Lancs cup final was at stake for both these clubs. After a delayed kick off both teams set about testing each other. Lenny was stopped in his tracks! (he knows what I mean). It took until 30 minutes when Eccles were awarded with a penalty but Aaron missed. Eccles attacked again with the ball out to Ross on the wing who cut inside and popped the ball out to Harry who had the confidence and pace (for a prop) to go over and score in the corner, Aaron kicked the conversion, 7-0. Eccles were awarded a penalty which Aaron kicked, 10-0.

HT 10-0

On a heavy pitch both teams tried to keep possession and it was Oldham who scored first with a try in the far corner, 10-5. Eccles defended well and held Oldham out whenever they attacked. Coach Dave decided to stand behind the goal and watch from a different angle, coach Nic hobbled about on the touch line. Eccles pressed again and Harry scored in the corner, Tom Waring missed the conversion, 15-5. Not the best game of rugby played by the colts this season but they got the win.

FT 15-5

Team: Harry Benn, Simon Rogers, Leonard Huntley, Curtis Bates, Connor Bates

Dave Hargreaves, Lewis Barker, Tom Waring, Matt Pass, Aaron Booth

Ross Eaton, Joe Wisdom, Johnny Ward, Sam Delaney, Matt Parkinson,

Sean Baines.


Match Report Tim Eaton……


Gorton Street                 23.02.14 – 2.00pm k.o.     Att: 39


Dave Bates had arranged this friendly against Widnes, one to give Eccles young guns a game and secondly to show off his new walk recently purchased from eBay and was harping back to the good ole days when he was last on the first team pitch…. When he was a water boy!

Eccles who were thin on the ground and opted for youth bringing in James and Brom! Kicked from left to right except Lenny who plays both ways!!

Widnes kicked off but Shaun’s catch like his short’s waist band was above his head… A scrum followed which was a little lob sided as the Widnes prop was a big lad who looked like he had eaten another lad..! The feed from Matt Pass rolled out of the Widnes end but he quickly pounced on the loose ball fed Lewis but he couldn’t see a way through.

James’ kick over the top found touch just metres from the away line and Eccles duly won the line out keeping up the pressure.  They may be outweighed and out sized in the scrum but not out thought as Eccles won the scrum deep in opposition territory the ball out too quick for Widnes, Lenny in the middle of the attack, Harry broke through flimsy defence and fed Ben who was held up before placing the ball down.  Moments later the ball out wide again to Connor but his hand was in touch, usually its in his dad’s pocket!!

The first 10 minutes was all Eccles and they finally made the advantage pay, the ball went from one wing to the other finding Ross supported by Curt who showed Connor how its done to put the home sides first points on the board.  James failed to add to this as his kick was like the Widnes front row.. wide.  5-0

Widnes had an immediate chance to get back into this but when the ball was put through hands they failed to use the overlap and Eccles stemmed the attack.

Eccles won another line out and used their strength to gain ground, Lenny broke from the mawl to feed Dave Hargreaves who saw the gap but play was brought back for some over excited Widnes players who wanted to dance… sorry fight.

Lewis ran down the kick out from Widnes giving the momentum back to the home side and on the half hour mark James kick through went dead before the on running winger Ross could catch it.  However the kick out for the game to continue was caught by full back Matt and as the call for play on by the official rang out Matt ran the ball home… was it a try? Was it a scrum? What was the score? Who am I? Even James needed reassurance of what was going on…  I had to check my diary and yes I am definitely at a rugby match this afternoon.  HT 5-0 (I think)

Eccles lost a line out allowing Widnes a run at their defence but a fumbled ball and a clearance kick from the resulting scrum relieved any slight pressure.

Eccles were struggling to make possession and territory pay, line out lost on the 5m line and Jordan held up on the line but eventually they found a way through, quick ball and rather than out of his usual colouring book but straight from the Dave Bates coaching hand book Brom sliced through the Widnes defence to dive home (I say dive but more like the big girl from TOWIE on Tom Daly’s Dive show)  James kicked 12-0.

Now something happened, maybe the shock of Brom’s dive but Eccles switched off… A line out on their own 5m line Eccles failed to clear and Widnes found men and gaps to go over in the corner.  Great kick from the line 12-7.

You would have expected Eccles to be on their toes for the remaining few minutes but from the kick Widnes were allowed to run back through unchallenged, conversion missed 12-12.  As Eccles tried to re-establish their lead yards from the Widnes line a Joe Whizz pass was intercepted and ran back the full length only to be foiled by Matt feet from the line but Widnes backed up well to take the lead and win.  Kicked 12-19.


Due to the normal standards set by Eccles no one came out of the game with their heads held high so no man of the match award….


Match Report Jason Eaton…



Eccles Colts 13 v 0 Leigh

Hand Lane              12.01.14 – 2.00pm k.o.      Att: 88


Well it was like going back in time or Leigh as I like to call it… Eccles usually play well and come away with nothing, most folk go into Leigh in with nothing and come away unwell…!

Leigh were kicking from left to right or if you were on the other side of the pitch right to left and were dressed as bees.  The subs for the home side were dressed as council workers and as those employed by the council, lots of them stood around doing next to nothing!

Eccles started well and won an early line out Dave Hargreaves collecting the ball against the throw.  Lewis found somebody his own size to pick on putting in early tackles to set the tone.

Harry as keen as ever intercepted a Leigh pass to serge through only for the ref to bring the play back for an earlier infringement, which the home side decided to try and put the first points on the board and go for the sticks from approx. 30 yards out, however the kick was placed wide.  An early let off for Eccles who’s discipline needed to and did improve.

Joe ‘Whizz’ Wisdom went in well to tackle to stop any home momentum as the Eccles pressure stop Leigh from gaining any ground and giving the ball away easily.

Eccles scrum saw Aaron break and open up a gap but the ball out fell short stopping an Eccles attack but it was only moments later on 25 minutes when the away side finally broke the Leigh defences.  Eccles won the line out deep in Leigh’s half and a powerful drive gained speed as Lenny peeled away to pounce over, week he fell really looking like he’d ran out of steam!  Aaron duly added the extra points, 7-0.

Harry and his new Tom Daley shorts, grabbed the ball back from Leigh as they pushed for a response and a second clear opportunity was denied by a great tackle from Connor.

HT 7-0

As the second half got into its stride Curt decided to drive forward but forgot the most important thing… the ball…

Possession swapped hands more times than Dave Bates and Andy Waring swapped shiners as it became a game of knock ons and dropped passes.

Simon reminded his counterpart the score by trying to shove 7 fingers down his throat as play broke and Harry powerfully ran to the 25 yard line only to be caught and for the ref to blow for a pen to Eccles.  Aaron extended the lead with his boot 10-0.

Aaron’s boot was brought into action again to kick deep into home territory, the line out resulting in a good drive but Leigh came up with the ball only to be panicked into a loose kick.  Before the kick could be caught by Eccles’ retreating player a push from the Leigh pursuing player left the referee with no option to give the yellow card.  However the comment as Leigh’s offender left the pitch, something to do with the ref’s twitch and a winker changed the colour to red.

None of which affected cool foot Aaron as he slotted the pen home to increase the lead and widen the fly half’s smile beating his class mates with ease. 13-0

Leigh broke into Eccles half but Dave H tackled well to keep the home side to nil.

FT 13-0

A very disciplined display from Eccles who never lost control and hit Leigh hard and strong not allowing them to gain any momentum.  Great displays all round, Connor didn’t moan, Lewis didn’t bleed and Aaron kicked well but Lenny ‘the blade’ gave a man of the match performance.    

Match report Jason Eaton.

Eccles Colts 74 v 13 Manchester

Chief reporter Jason was away Christmas shopping so after putting on my boots I set off to the pitch far far away! Manchester were the visitors and took an early lead with a penalty, 0-3. Eccles responded with a try from Rob, Sam missed the conversion, 5-3. Connor was back in the team after his man of the match performance over in Rome and was in the thick of it from the start. As Manchester only travelled with 13 players Eccles fielded 14 players and Matt Parkinson opened his account with a well taken try, Sam converted, 12-3. Manchester were awarded another penalty and after Luke was tackled Manchester came away with the ball through the middle and scored, 12-13. Some great passing from Ross to Harry who found Luke who scored, Sam kicked, 19-13. From the kick off Matt Parkinson passed to Connor who passed out to Harry who went over 24-13. More Eccles pressure followed and Evan (welcome back) went over to score, 29-13. Evan scored again and Luke converted, 36-13.

HT 36-13.

Rob took the kick off and forced Manchester to knock on. From this Ben off loaded to Harry who scored, Luke kicked the difficult conversion, 43-13. Dave was next on the score sheet with a try after a great burst through from Simon, 48-13. Eccles were on fire now as Evan scored his 3rd try, Luke converted, 55-13. More good passing from the Eccles players saw Billy go over,60-13. Connor added another try which Luke kicked and Harry scored his 3rd and converted it.

Man of the match goes to Curtis.

Match report Tim Eaton.

Eccles Colts 45 v 0 Manchester


 Gorton Street                24.11.13 – 2.00pm k.o.      Att: 58


This was Eccles’ chance to progress in the cup against a Manchester team they had narrowly lost to earlier in the season.  They were down on numbers through injuries and Connor was on a scouting trip to view a possible next round opponent.  Not sure if Rome RUFC Colts are in the cup this year but he went anyway!!

The start was delayed due to a previous game where someone told the ref where to place his whistle but once he had remembered where that was the game got underway.

‘Intensity’ was the cry as Nick advertised his new fragrance range in time for Christmas.

The early pressure was from the home side which gained momentum and on 6 minutes as Manchester ventured into Eccles’ half, Luke broke through and his pace couldn’t be met and fed Matt who was able to touch down before being tackled, Tom Waring kicking for the injured Aaron slotted his kick through the uprights, 7-0.

Connor was warming up to take on The Coloseum.

Nick had decided to leave the Intensity by Nick fragrance campaign and now had his new idea for extreme sports ‘ Speed Ironing’ as he ordered Eccles to Press Faster.

Manchester reacted well, pressuring Eccles in their own half but good line out won by Dave Hargreaves and great drive by Eccles put the visitors on the back foot.  Quick ball out through the backs put Matt through and with Ross Eaton over and the try line in view looked to score but was too slow to give and Eccles were denied.

Quick ball again saw Luke feed Joe Whizz who scored under the posts giving Tom W an easy conversion.  14-0.

The slippery Joe was involved again bringing Ross into play who’s speed and mazy run with a step inside and pass to Curt was a flash back to his dad (Tim’s) playing days… except for the mazy run… and the speed and step inside… oh and the pass… but Manchester were back in numbers to stop the attack.

The ref had found his whistle and kept letting everyone know but finally blew for half time just as Connor set himself to take on The Spanish Steps.

HT 14-0


Eccles pressured again in the first moments of the second half, Joe Whizz was involved again but was tackled, however Billy supported well and dodged through with a turn of pace that not only stunned the Manchester defence but also his team mates, so much so Tom W missed his kick.  19-0

Manchester were camped in the Eccles half as was Connor at the Trevi Fountain but were unable to make the possession count as Eccles’ defence held up well.  Danny was sin binned but even he doesn’t know why so we told him it was like a substitution but without bringing anyone on!  The home side won a line out in their own half and a Luke run relieved the pressure but he was too quick and no one to back up.

Quick ball out found Sam on the wing but the final ball was a forward fling.. sorry pass.  Scrum won by Eccles again and Tom Waring dummied to create an opening like the gates to the Vatican, which incidentally is were Connor is, and dived in.  Tom kicked 26-0.

The kick off was caught well by Billy who stood his ground even as two Manchester forwards moved in.

Tom Waring kicked deep into the visitors half to find touch again relieving any pressure, from which line out and resulting drive lined up Tom W again who exploited the gaps to fall over the line.  He got to his feet to kick, 33-0

It was good to see Lenny back who was in for the absent Connor who would rather view the Sistine Chapel than take on fifteen chaps! (I should get paid for this stuff!)

Lenny tackled well and a Harry run through fed Sam but was tackled as he sped down the wing.

Luke had borrowed Billy’s boots and his quick feet and quick thinking ran the ball home again to add to the score and Tom converted 40-0.

Simon has no worries this winter as he couldn’t catch a cold allowing the ball to slip through his hands and Lenny was obviously tiring and decided to have a sit in the sin bin for being too keen trying to grab the ball and the centres boot.

In the dying moments the ball was out to Ross who showed a clean pair of heels to run the ball home, Tom W was still laughing a Ross’s attempted knee slide so missed his kick.

FT 45-0

Good solid performance to run in 7 tries and holding out not allowing Manchester a chance to score, Joe Wisdom was again classy and Tom Waring added 20 points on his own but the man of the match was Connor Bates for his re-enactment of Julius Caesar’s Conquer of the Roman Empire.


Match Report Jason Eaton…..