Eccles 4th 5 V Didsbury Toc H 4th 32 25/01/ 2014

Waterlogged pitches at Didsbury meant a switch of venue to Eccles where a deluge before kick off almost scuppered that idea but the heavens relented just in time for the game to proceed and surprisingly though the pitch was a bit tacky the conditions were not that bad allowing a decent match to ensue. There was some trepidation of how the fourths would fare in the face of youthful opposition as their resources at the moment are boiled ham thin meaning the average age of the side was slightly higher than might be expected. However the team rose to challenge defended well and pushed Toc to raise their game without ever really threatening to have a cutting edge in attack themselves. Having withstood the early challenge from the opposition Eccles conceded the opening try after their own best opportunity when good harrying saw the ball booted up the pitch only for Toc to recover and counter with a try. A further try in the corner and penalty put Toc in the box seat but Eccles remained in the match but another score saw the visitors 18-0 ahead at the interval. In the second half a long punt bamboozled everyone except the Toc winger who gratefully took the ball to score though deflated Eccles struck back with neat try when Simon Rogers broke through and when held the ball was recycled to centre Mike Lewin who squeezed through to score.Toc added a further try to run out deserved winners but though tiring Eccles stuck to their task right to the end . Man of the match was shared with Nick Titley getting the home vote and Slates the visitors choice.The double bagel award was also shared between Willy and Smithy for their involvement in the last minute fracas where their pugilistic skills threatened each other rather than their intended targets .