Eccles U8s – v – Heaton Moor U8s. 13.10.13

Eccles Squad; Daniel. Maxwell. Ollie. Charlie. Seb. Sohan. Ethan. Mathew. Jonnie. Alfie. Ricky. Finn.

Not sure who it was that once said “if you want something said, tell a man, if you want something doing… ask a woman.” Well, I can assure you that us men responsible for the coaching of the U8s failed on all counts as this man was asked by another to pick him up (which I didn’t remember to do!) and the other man forgot that the tags & belts were in his car at home! Good job Fiona realised how useless we were to administer proceedings!

Now, to the rugby; When play finally did get under way, both teams were blessed with sufficient numbers to split into two games. Director of Rugby Bates officiating in one game whilst Coach Fleming did the other game… both games providing great play and committment aplenty.

The return of Mathew was a welcome sight with his strong runnning up the middle creating a gap for Ollie to get his first of four on the day. With an early lead to build on, the ball was transfered wide to the waiting hands of Charlie who hugged the touchline to finish neatly in the corner. Mathew then stopped what looked to be a certain try from ‘Moor with fantastic diving tag-take. Good talking helped the organisation in defence as Moor showed they too have some speedsters to pull two back. 2-2. Ollie took posession from the restart to jig and spin out of a tackle then ground the ball for the lead. This was the trigger for the Eccles youngsters with Seb out wide gliding across the top of the surface, the ‘Moor defence was stretched. Mathew got on the scorecard for a deserved try. Finn put all the links together with some great passes, but it was a game of tight defence that kept the score in favour of Eccles. Ricky, on his debut, constantly looked for the ball in attack. A great game played in great spirit. Thanks to Tim from Heaton Moor. Final score 9-5 Eccles.

In the ‘other game’ DoR informs me that a similar effort was needed to play out an even contest that finshed squarely, thanks to some fine work from Alfie with his tag taking and lines of running to grab a try, before Maxwell came up with the goods himself! The game swung in the favour of both sides before the final whistle ended with honours even. Captain Daniel couldn’t conjure up his habit of one try per game but led from the front in defence which allowed Jonnie to claim a score. Sohan continues to improve by the game and is developing his eye for taking tags. Ethan showed how his quick feet can do the talking with a neat finish after avoiding two tacklers. Thanks to Dan from Heaton Moor.Final score 5-5   

This week 20th October; Training at the club. 10.30am. All welcome.