Eccles 4th 15 V Broughton 2nd 43 28/09/2013

The fourths could not quite get to grips with a lively Broughton team although it was honours even in the forward tussle the visitors had that bit extra pace in the backline. Eccles started well with the forwards creating inroads and from one such passage of play they managed to work the ball across the pitch to centre Pete Heseltine who powered through the defensive to score. Broughton hit back exposing a gap in the home defence to put themselves ahead with a try and then another almost straight from the restart.There was little to choose between the teams but Broughton exploited room on the flank to add a third try before vice captain Gary Hamer pulled one back for Eccles shoveling the ball over the tryline from one inch (why run ninety yards when a little does the business) .Broughton again stretched their lead with another try before the interval to lead 21-12. The second half saw the introduction of colt Simon Rogers a hooker normally but pressed into service at stand off and not looking out of place and dad Paul could made it a dad and lad day if had come off the bench. Broughton went further ahead with a try before Stuart Sparkers pilled one back but a yellow for Tom Partington for lying on deflated the home effort which was tiring as the forwards ran out gas. Danny Rice added to the teams woes going from M o M to barmcake of the week with second yellow for a injudicious comment leaving Eccles two men short. Broughton added further two tries for a merited win but the fourths should be downhearted for spirited effort with Danny Cartwright taking the man of the match plaudits narrowly ahead of his brother Craig with fulback Gary Dunham not far behind .