Burnage 4th 12 vEccles 4th 13 10/01/2015

The fourths were involved in a tight match at Burnage which once again was resolved in the final minutes.Eccles fielded a makeshift side with a debut for wing Simon Teasdale and a first full 80 minutes for the other wing Ellis Lane with Gary “the Voice” Hamer making a return after a long enforced absence along side his son Joe at flanker. A cold howling gale and the artificial pitch took some adjusting to but mercifully the rain kept off and the players kept “warm ” with some hefty challenges on the unyielding surfaces. as hard as the teams tried the defences remained sound to such an extent the first twenty five minutes were scoreless. Eccles drew first blood with a penalty kick from Jay Wilson and then increased the lead with a well taken try from centre Danny McCaffrey who ran a great angle onto an inside pass score under the posts with Wilson added the extras. A 10-0 lead at the interval was slender with the wind against Eccles in the second half which saw the debut of Ryan Hamer (no relation to the clan) at second row .Despite a few scares the fourths held on to that lead well into the half as Burnage slippeed through the defence for try which was converted .Just three points seperated the sides thus ensuring the tempo was raised with some committed hits in the tackle. Disaster seemed to strike seven minutes from time when a missed kick to touch was gathered by Burnage and the Eccles defence was too slow to come up in a line allow the home side outflank them and find the space to race over for a try . Now two points behind a mounted a spirited counter and cuaght the home transgressing four minutes from the end and Jay Wilson kept his nerve to slot over the penalty. The ramaining minutes plus added time for stoppages provided a bit of sphincter tremolous but held on for the victory. A better display than last week and a tribute to the team spirit and never say die attitude of the players with the smallest but most voluble and tenacious scrum half Jay Wilson taking the Jolly Roger pennant though he did lobby hard for the man of the match award. The Blind Pugh went to one of the Hamer clan Will who though not playing was a bit too vociferous on the touchline that he had to go to self imposed exile on the adjecent golf course before he was clapped in irons.