Bury 3rd 5 V Eccles 4th 12 21/02/2015

The fourths made the short trip to Bury and made heavy weather in securing a win which keeps them in touch of the league leaders .In perfect conditions under sunlight skies Eccles made a bright start going close to scoring in the opening moments but after that where penned into their own territory for most the of the first half . The fourths found it hard to establish a cohesive pattern of play too often making hurried and rash decisions .A rare foray into the Bury 22 ended with the home side scoring the opening try when the ball was lost worked across the backline to the winger who sped 75 metres outstripping the cover to score in the corner.Eccles lost skipper Paul Newton to injury with Shaun Barlow taking over the helm (Ahab replacing Blackbeard ) . The fourths did press in the last period of the half spurning the offer of two penalty shots a goal to trail 5-0 at the interval which was blessing as the they had survived a multitude of narrow squeaks in defence. The second half was a polar opposite with Eccles calling the shots but too much reliance on brute strength ,white line fever and lack of vision allowed the home line to somehow remained intact. Midway a fierce blizzard shattered the clear skies to stoke the Eccles effort and Joe Hamer battled in his was through the home defence to score under the posts with Alex Ward -Lilley converting .The spurned another shot at goal before a neat move saw hooker Stewart Smith throw a deft pass to centre Wes Harrison to score in the corner. Eccles though on top had to be wary as they clung on for the remaining 10 minutes . Not the best display but determined one with debuts for Tom Shaw and Ryan Beesley and cameo performances from all the players though not in concert with special mention for Smithy a last minute stand at hooker and Danny McCaffery at wing and centre but the Jolly Roger Pennant went Alex Ward -Lilley capping a run of good games at stand off. Blind Pugh went to debutant Beesley who forgot to mention he recently had an operation for a detached retina that is what you call an oversight .