Bury 3rd 19 v Eccles 4th 17 10/10/2015

A topsy turvy for the crew of the Black Pig who with fifteen minutes to kick off were well short of numbers but eventually took the field with fourteen (10 of their  own scurvy knaves 3 Broughton volunteers  and Philly the Portugese coach of the touring Leamington colts) .A hasty committee meeting on the pitch allotted the playing positions more in hope than expectation but despite a torrid start with much scampered defence the tide turned and how.  A break from deep by scrum half Philly was carried on by Sam Delaney who tackled short laid off to flanker Dave  Cusick who dived over for the try.Things got even better Philly once more weaved through the Bury defence to score and Delaney converted. The skies darkened due to the loss of flanker John Brookes with a neck injury but lightened when Philly repeated which his magic with a second try and Delaney adding the extras .Eccles held on until the interval leading 17-0 but here came the rub Philly departed with his charges to watch England and second row Craig Rees “concussed” from a heavy knock was unable to continue.This left the Black Pig with just 11 crew as the home side with plenty on the sidelines  disinclined to bolster the numbers. Eccles held out against the odds for twenty minutes before Bury scored and bravely defended until ten minutes before time when another home try reduced the arrears to 19-14 . Cruelly Bury snatched the victory with a try from a burly substitute centre  !! one minute from time  to ecstatic home acclaim. A tremendous effort from all the players which justified the Jolly Roger Pennant for the whole side who worked like Trojans and the Button Boy was Craig Rees for his first half efforts.Thanks to our volunteers and no Blind Pugh though for the crew of the Black Pig but an honorary one to those less sporting   .