Eccles 4th 22 v Edwardians Xv 51 02/03/2013

The fourths entertained Edwardians from Nuneaton who were on “stag” weekend and taking in a game to limber up It was an open game with the visitors always having the upper hand and proving too strong for the home side utilising their powerful runners in both the backs and forwards .Eccles were guilty of not closing down these runners allowing them to get up a head of steam and thus paying the penalty.Both teams were intent on throwing the ball around right from the start making for an lively and watchable match. The visitors drew first blood with storming try to take a lead which they did not relinquish throughout rest of the match.A neat move saw centre Mike Lewin dance over but Edwardians soon replied with two breakaway tries. Scrum half Tom Wilson squeezed in at the corner to reduce the arrears but the visitors in hungry mood added another two tries to lead 31-10 at the interval. The pace did not slacken in the second period and Eccles were rewarded with a try from prop Jay Kaye to revive hopes of a comeback but Edwardians were showing no signs of fatigue and in the course of the hals added a further four tries.
Eccles finished off matters in final minute when a interception was fed along the line for Lewin to score under the posts which Wilson converted.A sporting game played in exemplary spirit which a sterling effort from the home second rows Paul Fleming and Tony Hudson.A day to remember for colt Matthew Pass who made his senior debut coming as replacement scrum half and then taking up the same role for the third team who kicked off later. A special mention to young Sean Baines who due to the late arrival of the referee took up the whistle to act as Sir before taking a playing part upon the appearance of the match official. The teams enjoyed a convivial evening as the beer festival was in full flow in the clubhouse and the visitors Stag was acquainted to the delights of Able Seaman much to the amusement of team mates.