First XV 86-0 Fleetwood

Eccles enjoyed a comfortable victory over a depleted Fleetwood side to move up to fourth in the league.

After a slow start to the season Fleetwood had won their last two games so Eccles were expecting a stern test at Gorton Street. But the rumour mill had been working hard in the past week though saying that their visitors had parted ways with their player/coach. This could have a galvanising effect or cause disruption. Unfortunately for those that had turned up to watch a close game it was the latter, evidenced by Eccles running in points right from the start.

Will Parkinson opened the scoring after just a few minutes, keeping his scoring streak going. A couple of minutes later Mark Greenhalgh finished off a perfectly executed driving maul. As Will Parkinson added his second along with scores from Andrew Frost, Joe Dale and Glen Cahill it was obvious that this would be a high scoring affair. Freddie Oakey’s try just before the break, along with conversions from Danny Holland, made the half-time score 41-0.

Into the second half, Will Parkinson completed his hat-trick and Man of the Match Simon Donovan got on to the score sheet to stretch the score to 55-0 after 50 minutes. But Fleetwood were still trying and were rewarded with a period of possession and territory. They pressed hard into the Eccles half and near the try line but some strong last ditch defence kept them out. The home side became a little sloppy with the ball as they experimented with a few things from the training paddock that didn’t come off, and nearly 15 minutes passed without any points being scored.

With less than a quarter to go Eccles recomposed themselves and reverted to the style of play which had been so successful earlier in the game. Suddenly things were clicking again allowing Matt Parkinson to run in two tries, Mark Greenhalgh to collect his second and Lee Robson to get on the score sheet on his return from injury. Will Parkinson collected his fourth try of the day at the death, and with the conversions from Danny Holland the final score was 86-0.

An easy win in the end which will further lift Eccles’ confidence after a good performance last week. They’ll be looking to keep that going as they travel to the frozen tundra of Littleborough next week. Fleetwood will be hoping to have regrouped and improved by the time the teams meet again in February.