Eccles 3rd 7 v Altrincham Kersal 3rd 24 07/01/2017

The 3rds entertained a strong side from title chasing Kersal losing 24-7 in a hard fought match to remain in  fourth place . Much to the visitors surprise Eccles dominated the opening quarter but it Kersal in their first serious foray into home territory who scored a try on 25 minutes to lead 5-0. The contest remained tight until close to the interval an overthrown lineout midway in their own half by Kersal was seized upon by Eccles and when the ball reached Wes Harrison he weaved his way through the defence to touchdown and then convert the try for 7-5 interval lead.Shocked to be behind Kersal piled on the pressure but the home defence held out for the first 20 minutes  of the half After a yellow card for Tom Rose and Kersal player for a bit of hand bags the visitors found a gap in the middle to score a converted try . A good midriff tackle from Riddick Manaye was deemed high with resultant penalty kicked to touch on the home 22 from which the visitors caught and drove over for a try . A forward drive enabled Kersal to add another try and secure victory.A solid display by the 3rds who defended extremely well throughout and pressed well in the first half with good carry backs by winger Reg Holt in only second game but in second half Eccles struggled to get out of their own half against a better side but giving them a fright .The new directive on high tackling produced an inordinate amount of penalties with both teams feeling aggrieved whilst few of the tackled players felt that they had been fouled . Riddick was awarded  maestro of the match whilst Lee Murphy caused mirth when late in the game take over from Gary Hamer at scrum half his clearance pass from a defensive 5 metre scrum sailed high over the fullback startling a poor chap  pruning his bushes in the neighbouring garden .