Junior Colts Capitulate away at Wirral

Having beaten Wirral convincingly at Gorton Street prior to Christmas, Eccles ought to have gone in to this fixture with positive attitude however this was not to be the case. A first 25 minutes strewn with wholly uncharacteristic handling errors, dreadful decision making and a deaf ear towards the instructions of Coaches Kevin & Mark saw the lads 21 points down within the blink of an eye. The clear frustration of the Coaches could be seen by all and eventually the lads reacted in what was their only period of sustained play in the Wirral half.

Eccles continued to put pressure on a Wirral defence that seemed to struggle with the power and pace that Eccles have in abundance but brought to the game so infrequently.

A typically powerful drive from Josh Green saw him go over and the game was truly lit up from an Eccles perspective with two outspending breaks from Robert Strickland and Jordan Burns, both of which resulted in a Try each for the lads.

These glorious moments were just not enough to compensate for the lack of possession in key areas of the field and the many individual and team errors.

The lads, the team, the squad are so much better than this performance suggests. Time to pick ourselves up, put his one behind ourselves and make ready for Winnington Park

Full Time 38 – 22

Eccles Junior Colts’s Vital Statistics

Todays Eccles Squad

Starting XV

  1. Josh Green
  2. David Smith
  3. Dan Aspinall
  4. Matty Lee
  5. James Fletcher
  6. Joe Rapinett
  7. Ed Hampson
  8. Keiron Reed
  9. Matthew Walker
  10. Harry Candland
  11. Max Riley
  12. Shea Skillicorn
  13. Jordon Burns
  14. Rob Strickland
  15. Brad Palmer


  1. Jack Williams


  1. Albert Tonoyan
  2. John Grundy
  3. Chris Gillard
  4. Josh Stafford
  5. Joe Borrett


  1. Alex Hardman
  2. Nat Kelsey

Scores on the Doors

Full Time 38 – 22

Eccles Scorers


  1. Robert Strickland
  2. Jordan Burns
  3. Josh Green
  4. Shea Skillicorn


  1. Matthew Walker x 1


Congratulations to Keiron Reed on his Man of The Match award from the players and coaches of Wirral RUFC. Keiron took over the mantle of Eccles regular Number 8 at the end of last season following an injury to Alex Hardman. Keiron has pretty much made this position his own now, putting in a series of outstanding performances and picking up countless EMoM’s along the way.

A few of the lads were clearly suffering from the effects of the Christmas break; some were recovering from or showing signs of contracting one of the many bugs and viruses that have been going around but ultimately the result reflected the amount of possession that the two sides had.

Another big game this weekend as we host Winnington Park at Gorton Street in a must win fixture. Although Winnington came out on top in our previous meeting, Eccles are strong at home and won well against our visitors during the preliminary games.

Right thats it! I’m not even going to mention:

  • Half the team getting locked in the showers
  • Matthew Walkers Claret-Schnoz