First Half Match Report…..
….more to follow soon
Throughout the years, games between Eccles and todays visitors Sedgley Park have always been hard fought and passionate fixtures. In the early years Sedgley often took the spoils, sometimes putting a spread of 20, 30, 40 points between themselves and Eccles. Sedgley have always had a deep squad and a strong team. These strengths would invariably leave Eccles struggling to compete as we might only have a starting team with no replacements and on many occasions, not enough players to field a full starting line up.
Todays game saw Eccles field a strong starting 15 but a glance at the bench would give an indication of the strength and depth of squad that Eccles are now blessed with. Tanny K, Josh G, David S, Rob S, James F, Ross A, Jack W, Alex T & Alex H all eager to don the Navy & White and prove to Coach Kevin that they should be considered as first choice for their position.
Right from the first whistle Eccles were on top, forcing Sedgley to retreat deep into their own half. Sedgley have some talented players but they were unable to cope with the power, pace and rugby of the Eccles lads today.
Although Eccles racked up the points in the first half, Coach Kevin still sough to improve the quality of rugby, demanding that the lads mix their power game with a more expansive, passing style, spreading the play wide
The first half was a blur of quality rugby as Max R looked to be in as he broke down the left but was thwarted as he stepped inside at just the wrong moment.
In another wonderful attacking move Joey Eccles took the ball mid air and raced forward (yes forward) but found the Sedgley defence too well organised for his disco moves.
In the second half Coach Kevin rang the changes, not out of desperation for a winning solution, but to ensure everyone had the opportunity for a run out. Ross A, Alex H, Tanny etc would take to the field and have the opportunity to impress – and impress they did.
The second half wasn’t the rout that the first was; Sedgley had taken the opportunity at the break to rally their lads and they would be stronger for it. However the seven point addition to the Eccles half time lead didn’t reflect the continued dominance of the Eccles pack.
Sedgley had their chances but couldn’t break down the steadfast Eccles defence. There is no disputing the defensive work of the likes of Albert T, Ellis P, Brad P, Ross A etc, but it would be Jack W who would make the outstanding and crucial try saving tackle of the second half, forcing his man in to touch and taking the pressure off the Eccles defence at a critical period of the game.
Full Time 33 – 0
Next weekend sees the lads back on the road again with a trip down the East Lancs to Ormskirk. We played Ormskirk twice last season, firstly losing a closely fought Blacksticks quarter final in a game where Eccles looked to be getting a foothold after trailing for the whole game only to capitulate in the last 15 minutes. We played Ormskirk again later in the season when they hosted the very impressive French side NSL. Again we would come home without the desired result having had a right old doing from NSL 15 minutes earlier.
Eccles U16’s Vital Statistics
Todays Eccles Squad
- Matty L– Loose Head Prop
- Dan A – Hooker
- Ellis P – Tight-Head Prop
- Oliver W– Second Row
- James W – Second Row
- Joe R – Blind-Side Flanker
- Albert T– Open-Side Flanker
- Kieron R – Number Eight
- Harry C – Scrum-Half
- Matt W – Fly Half (Captain)
- Robert S– Left Wing
- Ed H– Outside Centre
- Shea S – Inside Centre
- Max R – Right Wing
- Brad P – Full-Back
Bench Strength – Tanny K, Josh G, David S, Rob S, James F, Ross A, Jack W, Alex T, Alex H
Scores on the Doors
Half Time 26 – 0
Full Time 33 – 0
- Shea S – 2 tries
- Matt W – 1 try & 4 conversions
- Kieron R – 1 Try
- Dan A – 1 Try
Eccles Men of the Match
Players Choice – Shea S
Immense! Todays performance was immense! When Shea plays to his potential he is almost unplayable and today he brought his ‘A Game’, typified by his second try
Coach Choice – Dan A
A fantastic performance at Hooker from Dan Gogh today as he showed how he can adapt and play in almost every position (including ref) on the pitch
Parents Choice – Shea S
There was a broad spread of votes from todays supporters and parents but the votes for Shea put him up at the top of the tree. Well done Shea for picking up a brace of MoM awards from todays game
This could go on a bit but I’ll keep it brief.
That second half try saving tackle from Jack W was an outstanding hit. Eccles were in full control of the game but had been defending inside their own 22 for a long period of time. Sedgley were awarded a penalty which they took quickly and looked to be in at the corner but for a huge hit from Jack, putting the Sedgley man in to touch. Brilliant work Jack.
Joey Eccles owned the Line-Out yet again but it was his mid-air catch and burst of pace at the Sedgley lines at the start of the second half that caught my eye today – closely followed by his dropped catch ten minutes later from a Sedgley kick.
Albert T and his unknown twin brother played well today. First Albert would hit with a crunching tackle then a couple of seconds later his twin would make a similar hit 10 metres away. “He’s my man” would tend to be the precursor of one of Albert’s crunching tackles. Well done you guys!
When Sedgley did break through they would find the one man stood between them and the try line to be Eccles Full Back and last line of defence Brad P. Needless to say Sedgley did not chalk any points up today
A fantastically well observed minute (or so) silence this morning by the lads of both teams, although the Menin Gate looks a little disappointing
That’s it – I could eulogise about pretty much every player who took to the field today but have opted to post a couple of videos I took at the game.
Sorry for the disjointed nature of the report and shoddy camera work. Multi-tasking isn’t one of my strengths.
I save all the videos I take to YouTube if you’re interested in viewing any of them.