Eccles 3rd 45 v Village Spartans 2nd 0 10/12/2016

Sorry for the delay in posting this report sure some have been waiting to see their name in lights but there have been problems with the carrier pigeon .Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year wishing you all the best for the rest of the season .So here goes see if I can remember the details .A lack of a complete front row we had to go to unopposed scrums and surprisingly the Spartans had more of the possession in the opening period but the 3rds struck the first blow running the ball from a penalty  which Anthony Littleford go over for his first Eccles try with Stimpson converting.20 minutes into the match Eccles got the ball rolling with  fine handling from 50 metres ending with Andy Stimpson dummying before scoring and adding the extras. Another almost followed but after strong work from the forwards the ball was knocked on however soon enough a short break from Stimpson saw him feed Tommy McGuigan who sped through to score .5mins from half time after the hard yards had been achieved in a forward drive the ball was transferred to the backs moved right to left for McGuigan to score in the corner .From the restart Eccles ran it back from their own 22 and then saw a kick chase scrabbled into touch to leave the interval score 26-0.The break seemed to revive the Spartans who pressed in the early second half stage with the 3rds having to rely on solid defence and eventually getting relief as the visitors were penalised for holding on in the tackle..Finally on 60 mins after Eccles pressure the award of penalty 15 metres out saw Andy Coop as is his want tapped and went ploughing through the defence to plunge over with Tom Wilson converting .A trademark Adam Austin break down the blindside from a maul almost brought another try but good hands on 75 mins with a beak from half way saw Lee Morris (making an appearance in a long while) touchdown in the corner .  In the final moment Austin had a try harshly ruled out but got his due reward going over from the resultant tap penalty with Wilson’s conversion completing the scoring.Despite the ongoing problems of furnishing a regular front row squad numbers were good and the display encouraging with a solid display in defence against a team the offered more than score suggests.Stimpson (maestro of the match) pulled the strings for backs allowing Wells,Morris,Murphy,Appleby and McGuigan  to play expansive stuff though over indulgence saw try scoring chances spurned but hey ho that’s just me being picky