Bolton 4th 32 v Eccles 4th 15 09/11/2013

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putting up a fair showing to push their opponents all the way in an entertaining match .Thunderstorms circled the pitch and with leaden skies threatening both sides slugged out in the forwards and tried their best to play expansive rugby despite a slippery ball which caused many a fumble adding to the frenetic pace of the game.It was fairly even in the early stages with boths trying impose themselves in the forwards but it was Bolton who took advantage of a couple of lapses in concentration to expose chinks in the Eccles defence and coast in for two tries.A promising Eccles move was halted when they were penalised at a ruck and then backchat resulted in loss of 10 metres with Bolton taking a quick tap catching the visitors unawares as they sauntered back to score vitually unchallenged.17 points adrift Eccles rallied shortly defore the interval as Simon Rogers drove through three tackles and would not be put down to score a try and added then a penalty (a strange decision as the home side were a bit rocky and under pressure having conceded a try just recently) very shortly afterwards from close range . Just 17-8 adrift at the interval Eccles started the second half confidently but again were undone as Bolton went in for a try to extend their lead.Despite this early setback Eccles stuck to their task and were rewarded as forward John Smith who had threatened previously with strong runs powered through the home defensive line to plunge over under the sticks . Rogers added the conversion and Eccles were within a score of the hosts but not for long as Bolton scored a blind side try in the corner from a 5 metre scrum.The fourths launched a series of attacks getting to within touching distance of the home line but were thwarted on each occassion a case of white line fever when a little composure and vision would have seen the space out wide and a better chance of a score. It was bitter irony as Eccles pressed that a pass was intercepted by the Bolton stand off on the half way line who duly scooted away for try in the last minute.Ths scorline hardly reflects the match which was competetive throughout making the hosts work hard for their victory .Credit to both teams for though the rugby was committed it was played in great spirit causing the referee little problem apart from the constant knock ons which were excusable as the players endeavoured to open the game out despite the soap like ball. Man of the match was always going to be a forward as they toiled manfully with John Harper catching the eye but no 8 Andy Wareing took the honour with a non stop display in both attack and defence. For every up there is a down and Bloomer of the week was accredited to scrum half Danny Rice for the decision just before half time to for goal instead of going for the try but Paden Moore must have run him close for the backchat which saw the soft try conceded just prior to that.