Fourth XV vs. Burnage, 27/09/2014

Eccles 4th 39 v Burnage 4th 17  27/09/2014

Burnage arrived four men short but sporting fashion the fourths made up the numbers  with Farrar brothers James and David adding pace to the backs and Stuart Smith always up for rumble against his team mates, The first half was a keenly contested affair with Eccles taking it on the forwards but finding the visitors in no mood to lie down creating an interesting match with scores having to be worked for. Eccles drew first blood with Shaun (changed by deed poll from Sean ) Barlow powering through for the opening try but quickly realised it was not going to be plain sailing as Burnage hit back with an equalising try. The fourths  managed to get ahead once more as centre Mark Plumbridge broke through for the second try which Sam Delaney converted. As half time approached that slim lead slipped away as John Farrar scooted in to score for Burnage and the added conversion tied things up at the interval. Eccles got off to flyer on the restart with a move form inside their own half ending with hooker Andy Davies scoring out wide.The fourths realising there was more  profit in moving the ball through backs than continuing in an arm wrestle  eased further ahead through winger Anthony McNally scoring a maiden try in his third ever appearance showing good strength to get over. Burnage once more put a fly in the ointment hitting back with try but with forward Sean McCrory  showing great awareness as where the line his was able force his way over for his maiden try the lead margin was restored . Life was made easier by the visitors where reduced to fourteen men and Ben (speedy Lark made them pay outstripping the cover to score with Delaney converting .Danny McCaffrey finished off the scoring also with a maiden try after some promising runs previously.On day when there were plenty of returnees injuries etc  Farrar duo,Ryan Gledhill, Declan O’Reagan  Con leith  and Craig Belsen making a debut the man of the match went Shaun Barlow (as voted for by Burnage who I am to argue that they should have gone to specsavers ). Not forgetting Clive Crowther back from the wilderness eventually with reports suggesting he has been hiding out with a Japanese veteran .