ECCLES Jnr Colts 27 v Tarleton 17
Gorton Street 14.10.12 – 12.30 pm k.o. Att: 49
Sunday morning, it was bright and startling and that was just Dave’s Bates ref’s kit as he tried to keep up with play on the under 15’s… Shocker!! Anyway the weather was chilly and mist settled on the first team pitch as Eccles’ youth commenced battle against their north Lancashire rivals.
The opening moments saw the possession change hands as many times as Lenny changes hairstyles but after 4 minutes excellent play from Harry Benn working the ball out wide to Joe Greene who cut inside and managed to reach over the line to score good job as Ben Roberts was outside screaming for the ball. Aarons kick was very close but unlucky went wide. 5-0.
Good early start from Eccles but they failed to capitalise as the Ref penalised Eccles midway into their own half and the visitors decided to kick. 5-3.
The hungry Connor Bates charged through and kicked along the ground only to be beaten to the ball in what looked like a scoring break. However it was Tarleton who troubled the score board again. Well kicked 5-6.
You had more chance of a snowflake on a hot shovel than Eccles being able to keep possession, they won plenty of ball but were almost too quick. Evan collected a kick but choose the wrong option to run along the line and was dispossessed deep in his own half allowing Tarleton to build an attack only to be held up by a good home defence. Their eagerness to get back in numbers was to their downfall however as they were penalised for offside and Tarleton were happy to keep the scoreboard moving with the boot. 5-9
Curt Bates was in strong and brother Connor charged to the line followed up by Harry Benn and Lenny Huntley ran on only to be held up short of the line.
Right on the stroke of half time Aaron was able to reduce the deficit to one point with a tidy kick. HT 8-9
It was Eccles who started the second half on the front foot, Aaron Booth’s quick thinking with a snatch and run with Tom Heath galloping up on his outside but failed to release. A great kick from the stand off put the pressure on Tartleton’s line but couldn’t make those final few feet, the visitors tried to clear their line but pressure on the kicker from Ross Eaton spilled the ball to Joe Wisdom who slipped through a few tackles to put Ben Roberts in at the corner. Great kick added 2 points from Aaron’s boot. 15-9.
Eccles carried on giving the ball away and like a bandy legged man trying to catch a pig in a ginnel couldn’t stop the Tarleton attack gifting them a try. Missed kick let them off the hook to keep them ahead. 15-14.
From the kick Eccles pilled on the pressure, ball kept alive and Harry Benn, with the sideline advice from his Dad, get your hair cut, clean your room and go the blind side as he exploited the gap left by the visitors to extend Eccles lead. Aaron’s boot did the rest 22-14
The only response the visitors had was from a penalty which was well kicked reducing the lead to 22-17.
Eccles were on the ascendency, Joe Wisdom broke quick from the scrum to pounce on a loose ball, dodging tackles to pass to Aaron who played in Johnny Ward to score. Johnny failed to convert his own kick, 27-17.
Ross Eaton tackled well and Mark German on as a late sub foiled a Tarleton late break.
Good win against a strong side and Eccles kept up the momentum all game restricting the visitors to kicking. A strong performance from Lenny Huntley good runs, tackling well and backing up sees him land man of the match.
Match report Jason Eaton.