ECCLES Jnr Colts 50 v Trafford MV 7
Macpherson Park 7.10.12 – 12.30 pm k.o. Att: 38
Eccles were in their changed strip for todays arranged friendly game but at least it was all blue and not Red!
Captain Fantastic! Sorry more like Captain Pugwash, Curt Bates was sidelined with a chipped finger nail, Billy was busy and other long term injuries meant Eccles were down to the bare bones but still had enough to loan Connor Bates to Trafford (well you don’t give them your best players!!). This is the first time I can recall that one of the Bates Bros haven’t started for Eccles. Luckily Trafford played in hoops so Connor wouldn’t get too confused.
Lenny good take from the kick off, it is a good job the ball isn’t shaped like a mobile phone as he would have dropped or lost it, Joe Greene collected well and ran the ball back taking off where he left last week but this time covering at full back for Aaron who was polishing the bench.
Johnny was hit hard and hurt, Ross hurt his hair but Joe Greene kicked and followed up well to clear the danger.
If Eccles thought it was going to be a stroll in the park as was on previous meeting they were mistaken. Trafford looked up for it, led by Connor were tackling and getting men to the ball whilst Eccles forwards stood watching. A good Eccles scrum and inter play found Evan who gained good ground but had no support. Lewis tackled well as Aaron though because he had a high vis vest on could direct traffic throwing out orders onto the pitch.
15 minutes in Eccles were good in the scrum and quick ball out from Joe Wisdom to Tom Waring and Johnny did well eventually bringing in Evan who sprinted home. Johnny was unlucky with the kick. 5-0
Eccles kept this up straight away running deep into Trafford’s half, Ross running well and Harry with a great hand off on Connor! A sloppy pass out was held on like Dave Bates with his last pint by Joe Greene and jinked through only to be tackled as he looked clear to score by.. yes you’ve guessed it.. Connor. He was having one of his best games shame it was for the opposition!!
Joe Greene’s showed good hands again from a pass from Johnny but was again tackled as he was outnumbered.
Second half Connor saw the error of his ways and returned to the other side giving Trafford MV Ross, obviously to give them more of a chance!! And immediately the ball out from the ruck Connor fed Harry and with a two handed run fooled Trafford into thinking he was going to pass but he was doing his no. 10 impression and went over for a try. Aaron fresh from conducting traffic, missed the con. 10-0
Ross tackled well (but for them) as the visitors started to dominate, good hits from Lenny and Connor and a great interception from Tom Waring saw him run clear and dive in under the posts and he converted his own try 17-0.
Sloppy pla from the home side allowed Aaron to break through the gaps and run home another score which gave Tom Waring another chance with the boot and he duly replied. 24-0.
Eccles were on a roll, good take from Lenny to Harry out to Evan who sprinted home his second and Eccles’ 5th try. Tom kicked 31-0.
Dave decided to make changes calling Ross back from his opposition duties but unless he’d been eating pie shop in his brief spell the coach was calling in the wrong lad!!
Evan showed his strong side with a great stop as Trafford tried to gain some momentum back and as they looked to break again Dave Hargreaves foiled the attack. It was lazy Eccles that appeared moment later allowing a break no tackles it was like they were under 7’s again playing tag and Trafford pulled back a consolation try. Good kick 31-7.
Eccles hit back and kept the ball alive and Aaron fell over the line with the ball in his hands! Tom Waring obviously had his boots on the right feet this week and put through the uprights 38-7.
Harry drove well and ball through quick hands on the half way line to Tom Heath who steamed home and dived (the right way for once!) to score. Tom Waring’s boots had obviously had enough as his missed his first conversion 43-7.
Johnny ran well from the scrum and another scrum for Eccles, ball hooked well by stand-in hooker Ross picked up by Aaron who completed a hat-trick of tries and converted his own score.
Eccles started as though they would just have to turn up to win. Good second half forwards were more active but man of the match, awarded by the Duke himself was Joe Greene standing in at full back and not putting a foot wrong.
Match Report Jason Eaton…