ECCLES Colts 39 v Wilmslow XIII 27
Gorton Street 29.09.13 – 2.00pm k.o. Att: 42
It was a sunny Sunday late September afternoon and new visitors were in town, Wilmslow were the Colts opposition today and you could tell by the ‘big time Charlies’ cars in the car park… Big Audis with boots that open themselves and all that…!
Wilmslow should prove to be a good test for Eccles young guns and were obviously very confident only turning up with 13 players.
From the kick off Eccles were on the front foot, led by Tom Waring who put in some great early tackles. However the game seemed settled in Eccles’ half. With 10 minutes on the clock Eccles conceded a penalty on the 22 and Wilmslow successfully kicked for goal. 0-3
Eccles were allowing the 13 men of Wilmslow to play, only a tackle from Lenny ploughing through the opposition to thwart another attack. The home side were not getting to the ball quick enough and teamed with missed tackles and good Wilmslow passing the visitors increased the lead on 20 minutes as the pressure told. A scrum near the home line was won by Wilmslow and quick ball out saw gaps which they exploited to score. The conversion was wide. 0-8
With Eccles having the extra man this was as bigger shock as the 1984 Picklesworth Bog Snorkelling Championship. Eccles upped a gear and great turn over from a visitors scrum who were unable to clear a loose ball which was charge down allowing Tom Waring to pounce. Aaron Booth converted 7-8
On the half hour mark good ball through the backs and Harry Benn passed to Matt who ran in from 30+ yards out ( I say plus 30 because he took the long way round) hope he’s not driving the coach to Kirby Lonsdale next week!! Aaron obliged with the kick 14-8
Wilmslow’s scrum and fly halves were finding room and able to run within confined spaces, a bit like Dave Bates finding a place in the 3rds. However it was quick work from Tom Waring who was on the heels of his opposite number.
Ben received and ran the ball back but was forced into touch and the tackling and passing was as wild as Lenny’s hair (but he’s worth it!)
Eccles were awarded a penalty just inside the Wilmslow’s half and decided to trust Aaron’s boot and he didn’t duck the pressure. 17-8
From the kick off Harry caught and ran from his own half deep into the visitors half flicking inside it to Aaron who supported well and went over to score The run must of got his boots mixed up as he sliced his kick wide. 22-8
The second half started with Eccles on the front foot hoping to make the extra count and increase their lead, a good early run into Wilmslow’s half and Simon’s little shoe shuffle not only confused the away team but I think it fooled himself!
Wilmslow kicked deep to relieve the pressure and gained ground hitting touch only yards from the home line. A well won line out and quick ball and the visitors decreased the deficit. Good kick 22-15
10 minutes into the half and Eccles extra man showed as Eccles forwards showed great power in the scrum and Aaron exploited the gap to run home. He converted his own try to add to his own and Eccles’ tally. 29-15
3 minutes later good ball again from Eccles out to Matt who ran from his own half and more direct this time with a couple of top hands off and he was through to score his second of the game. The wind didn’t help Aaron’s kick pushing it wide (or his boots were on the wrong feet!). 34-15
Sloppy ball from the home side allowed Wilmslow possession, a darting run saw Bob attempt a tackle a fell like a chimney stack but the attack was halted by 2 tackles from Ross Eaton.
However with Wilmslow ball in hand deep in Eccles half missed tackles and quick feet allowed Wilmslow to go over from yards out. Kick was wide 34-20.
The 13 men of Wilmslow then applied more pressure and looked the team with a man extra dancing through to score and convert to close the score to 34-27.
Connor decided to even things up by having a discussion about the rules of the game with the ref who decided he should take a lie down in the sin bin. He spends more time in the bin than Oscar from Sesame Street.
A great line out in their own half and drive deep into the opposition half from Eccles forwards gave the home side momentum in the final moments and a turnover from the Wilmslow scrum followed by quick ball out, good hands from Ross out wide to Billy who bundled over. Tom Waring missed the kick but it was the last effort of a pulsating game and Eccles won 39-27.
Eccles showed moments of great play but should really have seen off a spirited display from a 13 man Wilmslow team who showed great team effort to stay in the game. Tom Waring, especially first half, hounded a quick thinking scrum half and threw in numerous tackles to give him the man-of-the-match award.
Match Report Jason Eaton.