Didsbury Toc H 4th 27 v Eccles 4th 12

The fourths fielding more debutants in Jason Davies ,Phillip Ashworth,Ben Mander ,Alan Fredericks plus senior colt Rob Mather endured a hard day at the office in tough encounter away at Didsbury.Initially the portents were good as from the first attack centre Ben Mander raced 60 metres and looked set to score only to be brought down 5 metres from the home line.Eccles had a few more forays before that early promise evaporated as inexperience in and around the ruck area saw the concession of endless penalties.Line outs were another problem as Toc were secure in their own throw ins whilst the fourths lost most of theirs and despite the scrum being solid enough the home side dominated possession .The tackling in midfield defence from the forwards was sound but having to play on the back foot blunted any attacking intentions .Not enough pressure on the Toc half backs gave them them time to widen the play to their threequarters causing the defensive line to be out manoeuvred resulting in missed tackles and cosequently two tries conceded.A penalty kicked by Toc just before the interval capped a pretty
lacklustre first half display for Eccles .Only 13-0 down at half time left the fourths optimistic and the preformance did markedly though gradually but found the home defence to be unyielding.Toc regained the upper hand with neatly taken try though their was a hint of a knock in the build up.Out of the blue Eccles after a bit of pressure forced their through home line from Danny Royale to score near the corner. In the latter stages Toc added a further converted try but time running out Eccles also bagged one with Riddick Manaye carving through a gap to touchdown and Delaney converted. Deservedly beaten on the day lacked teamwork and detrayed a bit of ill discipline though not always getting the rub of the green. The JollY Roger pennant went to Craig Belson for hios all round display with Stuart Smith close behind in his manfull effort as stand in scrum half. The blind Pugh award goes to Willie Dore who had to retire with mal de mer (too much grog the night before with ec captain PICK) with Conor Mckinney also getting the black spot from being awol despite his mates turning up on his bidding.