Eccles colts responded to last week’s disappointing result with a far better performance against a visiting Kendal team. Kicking off against a slight wind the early moments were not encouraging with a typical early Sunday scrappy start. However things were eventually slotted into the right grove and a good sequence of recycled ball after numerous phases found Reese James clear to score in the corner.
We then had a period where the odd person, and some of them are very odd, decided to display a phobia of catching the ball on the full, the trouble with this was they then compounded the felony by tactically high risk plays in an attempt to dig themselves out of the hole they had found themselves in. Comical was not the word I was using at the time.
On the stroke of half time, with Kendal having possession deep in the Eccles half, the ball was stolen, legally of course, and a good kick and chase by a horde of Eccles players enabled the home side to reclaim the ball and again with quick recycled phases the ball was moved to Reese James who again scored in the corner after doing far too much work on his own when an easy pass to others would have resulted in a simpler score.
Half Time score 10 – 0.
At the restart the visiting side were down to 14 men due to one of their party having partied far too hard the night before and needed to go somewhere quiet to be a bit ill. For once, and I have to say this is a rarity, Eccles seized on the opportunity of no blindside winger. Wining the ball against the head Tom Coe and Luke Cullen broke blind and with good inter-passing put Matt Parkinson free for a simple touchdown. Lee Morris kicked the conversion.
Eccles were now dominating play and a standard back’s move saw Wes Harrison putting James Wright free to score, Lee Morris again kicked the conversion. About this time the Kendal partier returned to the fray. With parity restored Eccles proceeded to be in the ascendency and with plenty of pressure being exerted, progress was made down the pitch with again multiple phases moving the ball across the field and Tom Coe scoring on his Eccles debut. Lee Morris again kicked the conversion, this time in style taking a rebound off the far past.
Eccles finished the game in total dominance and a scything counter-attacking run by Matt Parkinson gave the opportunity of another score, alas Lee Morris was held up over the line. From the scrum Connor McKinne was tackled just short of the line and from the quick ruck Connor Thornley dived over to score. Lee Morris finished his kicking display with another conversion.
Final score 38 – 0. A good result with an ever growing squad, good attitude and the lads developing as players. With a mid-week game on Wednesday against Salford University Freshers to look forward to some may even start to get a bit fitter.