This week, Eccles welcomed Wigan, who unlike James Wright two weeks earlier, made their way to Gorton Street without going via Lancaster. After a close game in the reverse fixture, there was a good crowd out to support the home side, who set out with revenge on their minds.
It was the visitors however; who drew first blood, taking advantage of several missed tackles to take the score to 5-0. This wake-up call served to spark Eccles into life and after re-gathering his own deft chip, Lee Morris fed Fatneck for the score. A second soon followed, and at half time, the game was evenly poised at 10-5.
Following injuries to Tom Othick and Matt ‘Glass Back’ Nombello, Scott Morton and Carl Wilkinson entered the fray, and attacking kicks from both resulted in tries for Matt Parkinson in the right corner.
A strong scrum, which included a return at his favoured prop position for Ross Seward allowed the backs to reap the benefits of a platform which recently, they haven’t been provided. Scores from James Wright, Lee and Scott came as Eccles tightened their grip on the game, at times playing some of the expansive rugby that was a regular feature of pre-Christmas games.
Another solid week for Alex Binnington, the ‘Brad Barritt’ of the second team in defence helped solidify the backline and allowed his teammates to help themselves to a number of turnovers.
Eccles did allow Wigan to cross for a couple of, in fairness, well deserved consolation tries and after some ‘playful banter’ between one of the Eccles second rows and a Wigan prop, the final whistle blew, with the score 45-15.
There is no game scheduled for next weekend, however, the First team travel to Bridlington for the National Cup quarter final. Win this one and they’re a win away from us all going on the lash in Twickenham, so if you want to go along and cheer them on, please let me know by Wednesday night, so we have an idea of numbers travelling on the coach.