ECCLES Jnr Colts 31 v Crewe & Nantwich 0
Vagrants Park (should be called Spider Park!!)
21.10.12 – 1.30 pm k.o. Att: 32
It was a clear day for this North/South divide encounter, yes anything past Stockport is classed as Southern. Matt Pass was still out (broken arm) and Connor Bates sidelined (Bad Jacket!).
Eccles were looking to keep up momentum and winning ways after last weeks display and the early moments saw both sides swapping kicks to try and gain territory. Crewe had an early scrum but it was the blue and white hoops that came up with the ball, a good tackle from Evan who had obviously brought his playing head with him this week, gained possession. Good hands by Eccles and off load to Ross Eaton saw them gain ground. The spiders weren’t the only things weaving a web as Joe Greene went off on a mazy run and was called upon moments later to show his defensive duties as Crewe threatened to break. Like Steve with his last pint Crewe were penalised for holding on and Aaron Booth obliged by kicking from midway between halfway and their 22. 3-0
Eccles maintained the pressure deep into Crewe’s half and on 20 minutes the pressure told as Ben ran through to collect a loose ball only to be pulled back a penalty try awarded. Aaron slotted right down the middle… 10-0.
Harry produced a great catch and return from the kick off with good support from Billy and Ben and followed up by tackles from Tom Waring. Ross pounced on a loose ball only to receive a dead a**e, not like his dad’s which is raw!! (see Tim!!)
A neck injury to the home side’s hooker meant uncontested scrums which took a little bit of the competitiveness out of what was a clean game but this didn’t stop Eccles capitalising on a poor kick, Evan collected, dodged past several tackles, straightened up and hot footed to out pace all the Crewe and Nantwich backs to score travelling 2/3s of the pitch in the process. Aaron obliged with a conversion. 17-0.
Just before the break Crewe had a rare attack but Dave Hargreaves did what a second row should. It was Dave again supported by Lewis and Aaron who showed there was no give in the Eccles’ defence showing the Crewe wing into touch.
The second period started with Eccles in possession, good hands out To Evan but was tackled. Harry supported well and recovered the ball and quick ball, good hands and Speedy ‘Ev’ Gonzarles gathered and ran in another score. Aaron kicked 24-0.
The forwards were making good runs but like Long John Silver with no parrot had nothing on their shoulder so no support. Crewe made a break through as the visitors momentarily forgot how to tackle but Joe Greene was superb in the last line of defence. Dave Bates was able to change things around ensuring everyone got a game helped by the fact this was a more disciplined display not giving away silly pens enabling the opposition chance to get back into the game. This was displayed as the home side hounded the Eccles line but they held strong, Bob, Curt and Tom H putting in great tackles to hold up Crewe’s attack.
Good play from Curt, quick pass and receiving in back just like his dad (‘s conversations in the bar after a game in the 3rds!!).
Crewe had a scrum defending on their own line and slack passing saw Tom Waring intercept to score from feet out! Aaron’s boots were coming as safe as his hands. 31-0. Late pressure was eased by big tackles from big Lewis and a couple of late hits from Harry saw home a comfortable win. 31-0
Coach Dave commented on the improved discipline over the last few weeks being a benefactor in Eccles improvement and winning ways, less penalties means more possession and less chance for their opponents to score. Massive games from Eccles’ two born leaders, Curtis and Harry Men of the Match.
Match Report Jason Eaton.