Raging Bull Shield
Well there I was, a late arrival after a wasted trip to Orrell, through the tunnel to Narnia to watch the mighty Thirds, if only to see just how good they are. World beaters according to one. Well playing against a more than physical first team from Aspull they were surely going to get a test.
Getting there just after the start, a few minutes after Jack Walton however, I missed an early try to Eccles. Then some fool gave me the flag to run the touch, so much for a day off. The day turned into a classical ding dong with both sides scoring on regular occasions, sometimes due to excellent play and sometimes due to farcical defending. Apparently Inter have just cancelled a transfer deal. Either way it was a good game to watch, if I can try to forget the ‘odd’ high tackle.
The half time score sat at 17 – 12, I think. The scorers for Eccles were John Cooke, Ryan Chattington, Nick Hageman, Andy Maddox and Nick Spooner all with tries and Jack Walton rounding up with a penalty and conversion. Aspull replied with four tries of their own, three of which were converted. Great credit goes to all, half of which I’ve no idea of their name. That must mean they a’int paid their subs. There was some notable performances which showed the thirds are looking like a team to contend for honours this season, however world beaters, hmm?
After a first round bye and a second round walk over, this win puts the lads into the quarters, so let’s hope for a favourable draw.