Bury 3rd v Eccles 4th 21/09/2013

The 4ths made the short trip to Bury recording a merited victory after two previous losses in their first season in the league set up .There were wholesale chances in personnel from last weeks teams (this being the lowest senior side its going to continue for the season ) but it did not seem to show as the players put in a committed and cohesive team display.
In a addition to the hardy stalwarts we have a couple of new “boys” Gary Dunham (fullback) originally from Norwich via Spain and ex colt Alan Wolstencroft (pressed into service at stand off) who was resurfaced after a spell at “Bongs”.Expecting a close match which scorewise it was Eccles actually dominated the first half with the pack pressing the home line with numerous forward sorties and in the opening 20 minutes it seemed a try was bound to come but a dropped pass or two and tackles metres from the line left the visitors frustrated and the scorer untroubled.Despite having the lions share of possession and territory Eccles appeared to heading for the interval deadlocked at nil apiece but after series for drives by the forwards the ball broke to scrum half Danny Rice who jinked past a couple of defenders to touchdown .Wes Harrison converted to leave Eccles 7-0 up at half time .The second half could not have started better as the kick off from Bury went straight into touch and following the resulting scrum Danny Rice spotted a gap in the home defence to surge 40 metres and outpace the cover for super try which Harrison converted.Play then settled down to a duel in midfield with Eccles asking the questions but mindful of a change of tactics by Bury who tried to bulldoze through via their centres but who in turn were well shackled by the opposite numbers Harrison and Tom Partington. A break down the flank by hooker Stuart Smith almost saw him sneak through for score but a long range break out by Bury likewise was thwarted a last ditch tackling on the Eccles 22 line.Victory semed to be secure as Eccles pressed inches from the home for another score only for Bury to steal the ball and go the length of the pitch to score and then convert. The last fifteen minutes tested the nerves of all concerned but the fourths held firm to secure the well deserved winning points. A fine gutsy team effort all round but undoubted man of the match Danny Rice not only for two sparkling tries but good work as novice scrum half. Muffin of the match goes to forward Tony Hudson a little harshly a he worked hard and was always willing for work but I hope hands perform better at his day job (publican) as it would cost him a pretty penny !