Didsbury Toc H 3rd 5 v Eccles 3rd 24 09/02/2013

The thirds bounced back to the top of the table after victory in hard fought contest where their greater determination in the second half proved decisive. Eccles started well and made the early running but failed to pierce the home defence in those opening forays and Toc came into the match to test the visitors. Defences were on top for most of the half with play concentrated between the middle of the park and the Eccles 22 with Toc having the lions share of possession. The thirds almost had a golden chance to score but were unable to ship the ball to Chattington free on the wing at halfway .Increasing it seemed that a scoreless half was in the offing but a maul 15 metres from the Eccles line saw no one at home
on the blind side and the home scrum half sauntered over for an easy score 10 minutes before the interval. Eccles received a boost from what was the last play of the half as swift has saw ball come to centre Nick Hageman who had enough pace and power to fend off a wou;d be tackler to score in the corner. That was the fillip Eccles needed for the forwards upped their game in the second driving into the oppostion defence making them work hard to try and stem the constant attacks. It was this ceaseless rucking and mauling with ever willing support which created the gaps for the scores that followed. It was after such pressure that Eccles took the lead with back row George Penman charging through score under the posts and stand off Lee Morris converting.Breathing space came when the forwards had worked the ball forward before releasing it to the backs where it swiftly tranferred to Ryan Chattington who blazed down the wing from halfway to touchdown with again obliging with the extras. Eccles crowned off a fine display when prop Richard Owen raced through a gap and then two defenders ( they were only backs sniffed a wag on the touchline) to score and cap a good day for the thirds.This way tremendous team performance from the whole squad who knuckled down defended well and played a disciplined game to overcome tough opponents with Lee Morris in a rare outing at stand off outstanding as link between the backs and forwards.The only truly amazing sight was hooker Andy Davies dropping the ball TWICE from a kick offs and the strange case of Willy Dore being admonished for entering the field of play when replacement on the touchline and threatened with a red card with out even touching the ball amazingly he was innocent on this occassion with another miscreant (bringing on water) the guilty party.