With the wind blowing wild and the pitch without a drop of surface water following the monsoon of the previous week, Eccles set upon the Zebras of Workington like a pack of hungry Lions. Feasting on the opportunities set before them, they were able to register another outstanding performance to maintain their push for the big time.
However it was not all plain sailing as many chances went begging before an eventual push over try by Glen Cahill and conversion by Lee Robson, on 20 minutes, started the ball rolling. From this point the score board started clicking over quicker than a Twenty20 cricket game. Further tries by Mike Lewin and Glen Cahill and a conversion by Lee Robson took the score to 19 – 0.
Now we always say you should be careful of a wounded animal and this was no exception, as with 5 minutes to go before the half way mark the lazy Lions decided to clock off early allowing Workington Zebras to show they still had a kick in them and score a converted try. Taking the insult personally the team responded as you would expect and straight from the restart Eccles won possession of the ball and moved the ball wide for Tom Chapman to score unopposed in the corner which Lee Robson converted.
Half time score Eccles 26 – Workington 7.
With the start of the second half we saw the same slackness from Eccles being repeated which allowed Workington to score another converted try. Again Eccles came back to feast on the Zebras as they ran in tries by James Radcliff and Ross Seward, both converted by Lee Robson. Workington Zebras were then thrown a carrot of comfort as they seized upon an interception to score another converted try.
Eccles responded with another try by Ross Seward, again converted by Lee Robson. We then had the bizarre moment of seeing the referee go down injured. Thankfully it was deemed by both sides that the Workington Touch Judge was capable of taking over and the game proceeded. The break in play caused by the referee’s injury did not do Eccles any favours as Workington seized on the opportunity to score another try.
From here on in it was all Eccles as they ran in three more tries, one by Mark Greenhalgh and two by debutant Luke Cullen with one being converted by Lee Robson. The final score finishing 64 – 26 in Eccles favour.
An outstanding performance, at times, by the whole 18 man squad, but two people stood out for me, Ross Seward in the forwards and Lee Robson in the backs. Both were outstanding creating many scoring opportunities for others to feed on.