Gorton Street (the good pitch 2 miles away!!)
10.2.13 – 12.30 pm k.o. Att: 26 (+ Steve)
The weather had hammered Eccles pitches so the Junior Colts were relegated to the pitches far far away under the magic tunnel, through the mud where the rattle of trucks and trains can be heard over the screams. Yes your poetic reporter is back from his stint of ‘Changing Rooms’ and ‘60 minute makeover’.
Eccles still had a few absentees through holidays and injuries and Carol was busy patching up players before the game, Lenny had taken up sewing (his face!) and Connor (like his mother) had a dodgy leg.
Curt was now ok after his recent plastic surgery to his nose as he led his team against a big Crewe and Nantwich side whom they held to a zero score in the away fixture Eccles earlier in the season.
Evan took and early catch well, considering the conditions and ran the ball back deep into Crewe’s half before behind forced into touch. It was, however, Crewe who pressed hardest in the opening exchanges and planted themselves in the home sides half. Eccles held their lines well but their play was like the pitch, slow, muddy and in need of some attention!
Crewe and Nantwich’s No. 1 decided he’d try a stint at scrum half by kicking from the scrum which went back, in fact it benefited Eccles more than one of Johnny’s kicks!?!
Eccles were too slow to the breakdown which was costing them and allowing Crewe to come away with the ball more often than not. Eccles did however maintain some pressure and Ross ran deep supported by Johnny who returned the ball on the tackle to see Ross run over but the ref pulled it back.
On 20 minutes the pressure was rewarded when Simon was fed the ball and exploited the gaps in Crewe’s defence to open up the scores. Superb kick from Aaron added 2 points. 7-0. Eccles could and should have increased the score before the break but passes were like a fat drug addict…. high and wide.
Early in the second half an Aaron kick deep was followed up by Billy ‘odd socks’ who tackled well keeping the pressure on. This seemed to give a surge to Eccles, Matt tackled well, Evan followed up the ball and tackled with good back up from Billy. Moments later good ball through the backs to Evan who brought in Billy but he momentarily forgot he was playing rugby and looked like he was staring in a West End play!
A scrum against the head was won well by Eccles and Connor, on at no.8 broke and ploughed through a slow Crewe defence, the loose ball was fumbled by the away team allowing Dave Hargreaves to pounce onto a free ball.
Aaron slotted home the conversion 14-0.
Curt ran the ball through but the pass was dropped and then Lenny was held up on the line as Eccles looked to increase their score. Crewe and Nantwich were beginning to tire and Eccles pressure and quick ball out to Aaron who found the gap. Aaron failed to convert his own try. FT 19-0.
Good solid performance in tricky conditions and Eccles identified their mistakes at the break and exploited Crewe’s weakness to keep the score to zero again. Curt lead by a captain’s example but a good never-give-up work rate from Lenny with his cross stitch face, sees him pick up Man of the match.
Match Report Jason Eaton.