Eccles 2nd 26 v Vale of Lune 3rd 20 11/03/2017

The 2nds had to work hard to overcome a determined Vale side threatened with relegation and for the first 20 mins the match remained scoreless as the teams fought each other to a standstill until Nick Hageman fielded a kick and outpaced the cover defence from hallway to touchdown in the corner 5-0 .5 mins later the lead increased as forward move saw Jack Weaver power over with Jimmy McGuigan converting 12-0.this narrow lead was eroded in the minutes before half time as a successful long range penalty was quickly followed by try from tap penalty and a conversion to cut the lead to 12-10 at the interval. This advantage was soon surrendered as the visitors landed a penalty 12-13 and a chance to regain it missed a Jimmy lost the ball over the tryline. It took until the 60th minute to re establish a lead as Nick ran in for his second 19-13 . A tight contest ensued and on 70 mins slack defence saw Vale capitilise with a converted try to sneak ahead 19-20 .With just minutes to go Mike Shaw made break fed Kyle Doyle who rounded the cover to score with Jimmy converting 26-20 and from the restart Eccles managed to cling on to a snatched victory .As the make up of team was only finalised moments before kick off with 3rd teamers filling in the gaps in the ranks it was a satisfactory result in the circumstances.