Fleetwood 2XV 32 – 20 Eccles 2XV 07/10/2017

Fleetwood 2XV vs Eccles 2XV , 7th October 2017,  FT 34-20.

The final scoreline at a wet and windy Fleetwood does not reflect the close and competitive nature of the game, nor do justice to the heroic effort displayed by Eccles who played the entire match with only 14/13 men, two of whom were colts Tim Cullen and Joe Gaffey, against opposition who had the benefit of a full bench of replacements.

Eccles kicked off into the wind; struggled initially with the scrum and were inconsistent in the line out; but when they retained possession made good use of the slippy ball and, despite their numerical disadvantage, dominated for long periods, growing in confidence as the game progressed.  Determined tries from forwards Poole and Nombela and a slick backs’ passing across the pitch, finished by a Cullen Brothers’ combination were highlights. The blustery conditions effected kicking accuracy for both sides. Ultimately, lack of numbers was once again the main contribution to another disappointing defeat for the Eccles 2s who in pressing forwards in pursuit of victory, found themselves stretched and unable to prevent two kick and chase tries down their flanks in the last few minutes. Eccles 2nd XV now sit at the bottom of Division 2 North with 6 losses and 0 wins. When squad numbers improve then no doubt so will the results.

18 mins TRY Fleetwood, unconverted 5-0

24 mins TRY Fleetwood, unconverted 10-0

27 mins TRY Eccles, converted 10-7

39 mins PENALTY Eccles 10-10

HT 10-10

42 mins YELLOW card Fleetwood

45 mins TRY Fleetwood, unconverted 15-10

50 mins YELLOW card Eccles

58 mins TRY Eccles, unconverted 15-15

61 mins TRY Fleetwood, converted 22-15

65 mins TRY Eccles, unconverted 22-20

70 mins PENALTY Eccles, missed

77 mins TRY Fleetwood, unconverted 27-20

80 mins TRY Fleetwood, unconverted 32-20

FT 32-20

Team:

1. Stuart Poole (Y)

2. Sean Baines

3. Stuart Cork

4. Joe Gaffey

5.

6. Kyle Pickford

7. Greg Wilson

8. Matt Nombela

9. Tom Wilson

10. Nathan Newlove

11. Alun Davies (c)

12. Luke Cullen

13. Paddy Bradshaw

14. Matt Appleby

15. Tim Cullen

3 Tries: Stuart Poole,  Matt Nombela, Tim Cullen

1 Conversion, 1 Penalty: Nathan Newlove