Eccles 4th 48 v Broughton 1st 5 15/11/2014

The fourths entertained Broughton in a ” Salford” derby match which proved very hard going in the first half as both sides tried out muscle each other in the forwards .That half was fast and furious (too much so) with the play being rushed and lacking a structure resulting too much lost possession .This scrappy play created a plethora of mistakes and questioning of decisions instead of concecentrating on the job in hand.Eccles eventually managed to score a try albeit contraversially by the corner flag by debutant Danny Royale which Johnny Ward converted but Broughton hit back immediately with a well taken score of the own. The match continued on the disjointed and bitty path until just before the interval when Ward added a penalty leave the fourths 10-5 ahead.Their must have been something magic in the half time drinks for soon after the restart winger Riddick Mayana raced from own half straight down the touch line to score and then a fine break down the other flank was followed by good backing up and interplay for Jack Dewie to touchdown. 24-5 ahead the fourths gained a measure of composure and confidence with was further boosted when no 8 Richard Westran absolutely demolished the visitors defence to score near the posts.Broughton with play maker Noel Smythe off injured began to struggle and tire as Eccles now exploited the gaps and space to good effect with Comleith finishing off another smart break. Riddick bagged a second score before Richie Hayes rounded things off with a late try .A chalk and cheese performance going from underwhelming to flashes of slickness and actual team play. A mention for Kieran Brady who backed up everything but somehow a try eluded him . Playing union prop for the first time Matty Taylor claimed both the Jolly Roger pennant and the Blind Pugh award with former for his non stop work effort in going forward and the latter for naively concedeing penalties for which he served time in the brig (yellow card). P S almost overlooked the most important feature of the match (which must be worth a pint) Paul Thornley in his dotage made his first ever appearance at hooker (normally is a back row ) thus taking the bragging rights from his son Conor who only plays that position on the first team.