Eccles U13 made the short trip to Park Lane for the Blacksticks Lancashire pool game against Sedgley Park. The two teams met earlier in the season in a close encounter. This time the result was different with Eccles dominating the second half.
The first half was a close encounter with SP having the better of the contact areas and out played Eccles at the ruck which gave them plenty of good ball. Unfortunately for them, they suffered a number of knock ons with the line begging. The two teams shared a try each in the first half Tumy the scorer for Eccles which Joe converted.
Half time : Eccles 7 : 5 SP
At halftime Billy played bad cop and Archie was the slightly less bad cop but with a grimace and told the boys to compete at the ruck, support the runner and sort out the backline defence. This worked with Eccles scoring three unanswered tries.
There were lots positives in the second half with great tackles from JC, Sean, Callan and a thunderous tackle from the panther that is Shayne. There were great breaks from Callan, Sean and Tumy in the forwards. One of Callan’s breaks saw him sprint half the pitch to score under the posts.The backs started to join in too. Good distribution from the base of the scrum and rucks allowed the backs to get the ball wide and Callum went close a few times and it was from his run that resulted in a try for JC.
From another sweeping move the ball went to Shayne and he was off with SP chasing in his wake.
Joe added two further kicks and one from Tom.
It was pleasing that the team were able to change their game in the second half and keep SP out from the try line.
The referee was excellent and all the SP players and coaches were magnanimous in defeat and they would feel that they deserved more from the game given their first half performance and dominance at the rucks and at scrum time.
Men of the match were Sean and Shayne – little and large show!
Next up a trip to Sefton which has proven difficult in the past for Eccles but we will be more competitive next week than previous encounters.
Remember – no train no play.