Eccles Squad; Finn. Danniel. Ollie. Mathew (Capt). Jonnie. Ethan. Ben. Jack. Seb. Alfie. Jake. Maxwell. Bailey.
Even without two regular players,Eccles U9s put out maybe their strongest squad to date on Sunday… and they looked all the better for the new additions!
with Bailey and Ben making their debuts, the balance had to be struck early in the game. With Jake slotting in at scrum half where he contstantly looked to feed the supporting runners, Ben, Max, Jack and Mathew regularly charging through the middle creating the gaps.
Ollie kindly ‘volunteered,’ along with Danniel, to play for AoM as they are struggling for players, and manage to get his name on the score sheet against his own team!
Max took matters into hand and shown that he can easily adapt to a wingers role as he scored straight from a restart along the right flank.
Ethan, with his usual low center of gravity, proved electric through the contact area and grabbed two on the day. Seb and Jake always surprised the opponents with their technique in the tackle. Seb scored a superb try, after staying on his feet and driving, as the second half began much the same as the first ended. Jake was so unlucky with his effort in the corner as the AoM defence held tight, just bundling him into touch.
Finn showed his passing skills with some wonderful pop passes out of contact to set up Mathew. Jonnie scored a typical wingers try and Alfie sucked in most of the AoM defenders with his driving and ball carrying.
On came Bailey for his first ever game and played with a smile on his face! His confidence was there to be seen as he got his hands on the ball!
Ollie and Danniel switched places with Mathew and Finn for the opposition, as Ollie showed his strength and vision with his usual snake run, finishing over the line for his second on the day.
Danniel peeled out of contact with the ball to grab one himself and Jack, after an all-round great display with some strong running and safe hands, went close before being stopped by at least two defenders.
With the new players creating a wonderful balance through the center of the pitch, our attack runners thrived off the opportunities. However (now here’s the coaches cynical perspective) we should have used the game to run the angles, (no ‘Aguero’!) and put the ball through the hands to hit our flying wingers.So, guess what the plan is for this weeks training!?
A great display, a wonderful committed effort from Ashton on Mersey played in the right spirit, and a big welcome to our new lads. We must mention the committment shown by Ben on his debut despite loosing a tooth in a maul!
Training this Weds 26th Nov 6.30pm – and – Sunday 30th Nov 10.30am.
Please make the effort to make one of these sessions! New players always welcome!