Eccles 2nds travelled up to Vale of Lune with the intention of recording their first away win of the season. After further delaying the departure by forgetting his boots, Gareth Lewis spent the journey trying to make amends with his team-mates by attempting to find Fatneck a mate.
After a hurried warm-up, Eccles got off to a slow start, conceding early before finally shaking the journey out of their legs with a pushover try by Stu Grieves after some excellent kicking for touch from Reece James and a try from Tommo, playing in a new position of Crash Stand Off.
A well-disciplined Eccles defence held solid until the dying minutes of the half before leaking a second try to Vale to take things into the break level.
The second half remained a well balanced and there were plenty more robust tackles against the strong runners of the Vale forwards, including a hit from Grieves and Chris ‘Greg 2.0’ Wilson which induced a scream from one Lancastrian attacker and a piggy back tackle from Matt Parkinson forcing his opposite number into touch.
With less than ten minutes on the clock, the pressure finally told, and Eccles fell behind again. However, pleasingly, Eccles harnessed the team spirit of last week against Tyldesley, rather than the week before at Fylde and after a period of sustained tight play, Stu went over for his third of the game with three minutes left and Eccles were able to hold out for a well earned win.
The only cause for concern was a refusal to stump up for the traditional jug of ale from Captain Stu, a man who should know better.