After a positive start to 2013 against Fylde last weekend, Eccles travelled to Tyldesley with the hope of completing the double over their local rivals. However, the seconds have been unpredictable on the road to put it kindly, and pretty poor to put it truthfully.
So it was, that ten minutes into the game, the solid defense that has been the hallmark of Eccles this season crumbled, with poor tackling allowing the home side to gain an early 13-0 lead, following a try under the sticks and a couple of penalties.
Towards the end of the half, Eccles made some changes, bringing on clubman Andrew Frost, who had been in the country a matter of hours and Jonathan ‘Fatneck’ Pan who helped to shore things up in the pack. This gave the backs a slightly more solid platform from which to work, which resulted in Adam Wilkinson and his horribly mis-shapen finger feeding Matt Parkinson, back to his senses from a brutal shoulder charge, to race clear and score under the posts.
Moments later, Eccles crossed again, with a series of pick and drives near the Tyldesley line leading to Fatneck bouldering over to give Eccles a narrow 14-13 lead at the half.
Having struggled in the set piece for most of the day, Eccles started the second half aiming to make use of their superior mobility to press home their advantage in the loose with back rowers Jordan Bromley and Reece James proving a nuisance at the breakdown for much of the half. With a solid core of Colts making regular appearances this season, James, Matt, Jordan and Reece have proved once again that training and playing with the senior squads will improve your game.
For most of the second period, the game was one of territorial kicking, with no team able to gain the upper hand, even with both sides reduced to fourteen men after Nick Spooner engaged in a spot of wrestling with the Tyldesley number seven.
With less than fifteen minutes to go and both teams back to full strength, poor tackling once again allowed Tyldesley to stroll over untouched to take a six point lead and minutes later, the home team slotted a drop goal to push the lead out to a two score game. Try as they may, the seconds couldn’t force their way over and in all fairness, on the balance of play, probably didn’t deserve to.
However, with other results going their way in the league, Eccles may have been handed a second bit at the cherry, so it is important that everyone gets down to training and make themselves available for what will be a tough game at home this weekend.