Eccles 4th 26 v Old Aldwinians 4th 22 16/11/2013

A welcome win dragged the fourths away from the foot of the table in close run and hard fought encounter which was much brighter than the gloomy weather. The respect strengths of the two sides were evident from very early on in the match with Eccles looking sharper in the backs whilst the visitors seemed well organised in the forwards. Straight from the kick off the ball was fed to fullback Ryan Chattington sped on an arcing run to out pace the cover defence and the kick ahead when almost tackled in touch and then regather the ball to score near the posts .Sam Thompson converted to put Eccles ahead 7-0 but any thoughts that this would be a cakewalk were soon put to bed as the visitors tried muscle their way into the match. The fourths tackling was up to scratch as Aldwinians probed for a weak point through their forwards and centres but eventually Shawe managed to plough for a converted try to level matters. Eccles regained the lead with a barn storming try from centre Connor McKinney who scattered in the process and Thompson added the extras. Back came the visitors with another try from their forwards but missed the conversion to leave the match poised at 14-12 to Eccles. Once more the fourths used their speed and handling to create a chance but Nick Delaney was halted just short and Chattington’s follow up was adjudged a knock on but from the ensuing scrum Eccles regained possession and Chattington waltzed through to score leaving the home sided 19-12 ahead at where to get azithromycin if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link43″).style.display=”none”;} the interval. The second half saw the debut of second row Mike Morley
and prospects looked even brighter for Eccles as McKinney again powered through the opponents ranks to register a second try which Thompson converted .However from then on Eccles did not see as much of possession as they had thus far and were made to defend sternly in the face of some concerted forward play. Aldwinians chipped away first adding one try and then another through solid well drilled forward drives but Eccles held on to claim the points . Man of the match went to Chattington with McKinney close behind but no bloomer of match was awarded as all the team played well but I would give it to the owner of the pooch who left a deposit on the pitch which was larger then a bankers bonus.