Eccles 2s lammed by Lune

Eccles 2XV  5 – 85 Vale of Lune 2XV 

Saturday 10th March 2018


Preparations for this crucial Division 2 North relegation clash were hampered by the  familiar late scramble to assemble a team. Eccles had just 13 players begin the warm up, but thankfully by kick off had mustered a full team and two replacements. The positive news sadly ended there. On 5 minutes, after a competitive opening, Eccles Flanker Liam ‘Viking’ Costain suffered a high tackle as he attempted to exit the 22 with the ball, sustaining a nasty double fracture to his right arm as he hit the ground. Costain had already contributed two cracking tackles in the few minutes he was on the pitch and his work rate and commitment would be a great loss to the team. As Physio Janey attended to bagging up bits of his arm the game continued.

Eccles moved play into opposition territory and following good work by the forwards on the right; and quick action by alert Scrum-Half Tom Wilson; the ball was shipped swiftly through the centres out to left winger U18 colt Damola Ayanlaja, who applied the gas, handed off and finished for the opening try in the corner on 8mins; unconverted 5-0.

The visitors responded straight from the restart; a 5m scrum awarded for a knock on, right under the Eccles posts gave Vale the opportunity to take lead with a try at 14 mins; converted 5-7.

At this point, this reporter departed what was an evenly-balanced game to take Mr Costain to Salford Royal A&E. On return, the scoreboard was collapsing under the numerals 5-75. I’m informed the scrum was strong and effective throughout but clearly there were problems in many other areas. Cammi Higgingbottom was sent to the bin in the second half for a late tackle. The last two tries witnessed were scored in quick succession in the final minutes as Vale blitzed through the middle of the disheartened Eccles defence. Final score FT 5-85

Quite a different game and result from the 0-35 victory Eccles 2XV enjoyed up at Vale of Lune in November. Appreciation to all those who pulled on navy and white shirt and did their best. The men’s section continues to suffer dark times. Despite this I’m sure everyone at the club wishes Liam a swift and positive recovery from his injury and iminent surgery.


  1. Nick Morrissey
  2. Dave Roper
  3. Chris
  4. Declan O’Regan
  5. Tony Simpson
  6. Kyle Pickford
  7. Liam Costain
  8. Cameron Higgingbottom (Y)
  9. Tom Wilson
  10. Andy Stimpson
  11. Billy Morrison
  12. Pete Heseltine
  13. Jordan Bromley
  14. Damola Ayanlaja (1T)
  15. Nathan Newlove
  16. Stuart Cork
  17. Gary Hamer