Bolton 4th 0 v Eccles 4th 19 08/11/2014

Due to both teams receiving a bye in the cup a last minute friendly was arranged producing an interesting match as both sides were short of backs causing forwards to substitute in those positions
however Bolton had half a dozen replacements whilst Eccles had just the bare starting line up. Nonetheless the fourths carried the greater threat organised in the forwards and direct in the mdifield running of the backs .After coming close from number of attacks Eccles eventually broke the deadlock as centre Alex Pugh powerfully charged through home defence to score a fine try which Jay Wilson converted. Bolton almost snatched a try as their winger broke away only to be hauled into touch by fullback Wes Harrison but this was exception as the home side struggled to contain the forceful drives of the the Eccles midfield backs . A held up over the line prevented a further Eccles score but smart interplay on the right hand with saw centre Mike Lewin finish off that fine work to score . Eccles deserved more than the 12-0 lead accrued at the interval and had to work harder in the second period as they played most of that half with thirteen and half players (Lewin off with a knock to the head and prop Sean Barlow soldiering on one leg ) .Eccles still managed to produce the better of the chances and whilst Bolton did offer more in attack they could not breach the fourths defence with vigorously manned the ramparts on the edge of the twenty two. A late try after great break from inside his own half by stand off Mike Jorday kept the ball alive for Pugh to bag a second try. A satisfactory day for skipper Paul Newton back from being press ganged into third team service as the team performed beyond expectation considering
its hastily arranged line up. The Jolly Roger pennant went to Alex Pugh for barn storming effort and the Blind Pugh award to Henri Le Comte for the attempted foot trap from a Bolton kick which actually went 20 metres backwards.