21/04/13  GORTON ST.

It’s some four and a half years since we last played Hoppers on a very cold and wet November morning. We lost that day 34-0 with a bare 15, what would today hold?

Some good early tackles from both sets of teams notably Tom Waring at no 10. Both teams testing each other out with Hoppers opening the scoring with a try 0-5. Eccles hit straight back with a good break and run from Johnny Ward who passed to Tom Waring who went over to score, Aaron Booth kicked the conversion, 7-5. Both teams had plenty of possession throughout the half and it was Hoppers who finished the half off with a try and conversion, 7-12.

HT 7-12.

Coach Dave had a few words to say at half time which seemed to buck the lads up! Again some good tackles were put in by both teams but Eccles started off with a try from Joe Greene who attacked the Hoppers defence with a great run to score. Aaron Booth converted, 14-12. The game could go either way, Eccles attacked Hoppers defended well then Hoppers attacked Eccles defended well. Hoppers eventually broke through to score and convert, 14- 19. Eccles were not beaten and on their next attack Johnny Ward went over to score a well-deserved try, Aaron missed the conversion, 19-19.

FT 19-19.

Man of the Match: Tom Waring.

PS… Captain today was Connor Bates! (he asked me to mention him..)