Eccles v Sedgley Park (away) Sunday 2nd February
In the opening game of the season, Eccles hosted Sedgley in a closely fought match, running out 30-15 winners. After weeks of heavy rain, Eccles arrived for the away return match expecting horrible conditions and a very muddy pitch – but at least the game was on!
Over the next 60 minutes, Eccles put on a master class, to record their greatest result to-date. Again, the large squad allowed the coaches to play two different teams, with each player getting two of the four quarters (at 15 minutes per quarter). In the first quarter, Eccles were in complete control, scoring four tries through Will R, Billy (2) and Luke H. That was to set the tone for the rest of the match, with Sedgley barely able to step into the Eccles half such was Eccles’ dominance.
As the Eccles players switched over for the second quarter, Eccles scored a further four tries, with a fantastic hat-trick from George, and one from Luke F – one of three hat-tricks for Eccles! Sedgley did manage to score a consolation try with the half ending with Eccles 8 tries to 1 ahead.
Five more tries were converted in the third quarter through Billy with two more (completing his hat-trick), Harry, Joe and Sam. Sedgley never gave up and credit has to be given to their players who continued to throw themselves into tackles to try to stem the flow of Eccles tries, albeit in vein.
The final quarter of the match saw Eccles score 4 more tries, Luke F with two (for his hat-trick), a second for Will R and a fourth for George. A fantastic performance from the whole team to record a thumping 85-5 victory and a Man of the Match performance from Joe. Great stuff Eccles!
Result: Sedgley Park 5 v 85 Eccles
Match squad: Luke H, Luke F, Joe, Jake, Henry, Harry, Will B, George, Lucas, Finlay, Harvey, Connor, Oliver, Will R, Sam, Billy