Eccles 3rd 77 v Old Aldwinians 4th 7 04/3/2017

The 2nds got off to a blistering start with forward Ash Nasir grabbing two tries the first after 5 mins backing up a break from Riddick Manaye and then catching the kick off saw a gap along the touchline to race 60 metres to score.Eccles extended the lead on 10mins  with Steve Bagnall taking a home kick in his own half to weave through and race away for a try.(15-0) Thoughts of a runaway win were temporarily abandoned as a penalty resulted in  a scrambled try in the corner (15-7) but normal service resumed for after a turnover (20mins) centre and debutant Mike Shaw sped through to touchdown with Andy Stimpson taking over a kicker adding the extras (22-7).Alex Pugh and Ash  combined in a break from half way to set up Riddick who completed the move with a try on  25mins (27-7) Right on halfway a fine movement finished with Alex losing the ball inches from the line after being tap tackled.After the interval (45mins) Eccles  were back on the score sheet with Sam Thompson dummying through for a try Stimpson converting (34-7) .A quick line out on 50mins saw the good hands  with Craig Wells ending up scoring under the posts (41-5) .A Riddick break saw him stopped by the fullback before a 60m break by Mike Shaw saw Baggers grab his second try (55mins) 48-5 .Another Riddick break same result but after a scrum basic hands resulted in Craig touching down for his second try (60mins) 53-7 .A Stimpson break ended with a home scrum but messy passing resulted in loose ball which Shaw kicked through regathered and scored (65mins) 60-7. For a third time a good break by Riddick ended in copycat tackle from the fullback much to the amusement of both sides.A  Long run from Wells led to the home panicked into a fly kick into the in goal area and Dale Thompson swooped to touchdown (73mins) 65-7. The restart saw the  ball gathered move across the backline to Shaw who raced 60m inbetween the defence to score his hat trick (72-7). In the dying moments fine passing after a scrum fullback Bagnall scored to complete his hat trick with Stimpson adding his 7th conversion (77-7) .The Eccles pack containing Stuart Cork playing his 2nd match for the club laid the platform containing a bigger heavier opposition to allow our superior backs to wreak havoc whilst claiming 3 of 13 tries scored.Much to commend in industry and artistry so maestro of the match was subjective with many candidates with honourable mentions  to Nasir and Bagnall but colt Mike Shaw the nod.