Eccles 4th 17 v Chorley 1st 17 28/03/2015

No league action saw the fourths entertain Chorley in decent match played on a tricky claggy surface and the bouts of lashing rain from a North Atlantic squall .It took a little while for the teams to settle down to the conditions and it was Eccles who opened the scoring having established a position in their opponents 22 created the chance for Nick Aieyegbusi to touchdown with what is becoming his trademark style.The visitors were not long in reply and after coming close in two successive drive succeeded on the third attempt and took the lead with subsequent conversion. Though it would have been easier handling a slippery eel in boxing gloves both were not feared of giving the ball some air but it did prove Chorley’s undoing as a dropped pass was seized on by Riddick Manaye just outside his own 22 went through the early challenges and stayed ahead of his pursuers to touchdown .However the kick in front of the sticks hit the upright rebounding away and with neither side added to the score the fourths led 10-7 at the interval. The second half was a bit of stalemate hampered an almighty cloudburst causing most of the spectators to seek sanctuary in dry club and a wet beer and was not until the latter stages the scoreboard was called into action. Eccles seemed to have got the result in bag after a couple of probes a loose ball was hacked ahead and Luke Vincent quickest to react plunging on the ball to score and lo and behold a sight as rare as dolphin in the Sahara a successful conversion only the second by any scurvy member of the fourths in the last 3 matches well done Sam Delaney .Chorley were so easily consigned to the deep and came back to score a pushover try which they converted and then drove on for the win with home line under severe pressure but with a penalty on the last play opted to convert and settle for a honourable draw . In the conditions a good team display particularly as Chorley 1st had only recently exited the leagues played at our second team level and their 2nds a league above our 4ths so in light of this no Blind Pugh was awarded(management going soft) .Their was new recruit in Martin Toon Rice Rice Babys brother in law and old face in Luke Vincent who just edged out of the Jolly Roger by Alex Pugh who produced some storming runs in the first half with Danny Bryson showing up well to be in the mix