Manchester 3rd 18 v Eccles 4th 12 13/12/2014

The fourths second in the league travelled to Bramhall for a clash against table toppers Manchester knowing the home side were itching for revenge following an opening day reverse at Eccles (their only loss this season). The home were certainly raring to go and with a big pack they used their forwards to batter the Eccles line and for the first twenty minutes Eccles barely had sniff of posseesion in their opponents half .The fourths defence was magnificent but still could not stop Manchester from scoring two unconverted tries from close range and it looked like the Black Pig would go down with all hands but like the San Demetrio it stayed afloat against all odds. Eccles now took the fight back to the home side gaining possession in Manchester half to score a wonderful try as the ball was worked swiftly across the backline for winger Danny Royle to touchdown .Bouyed by the try Eccles matched the home for the remainderr of the half to only trail 10-5 at the interval despitelosing Royle to a facial injury .The fourths suffered an early setback conceding a penalty which was kicked after a number of infringements. Manchester extended their lead with try and might have expected to see the game out comfortably but the wind had been taken of their forwards sails and it was Eccles who seemed the stronger and the fourths came stroming back with a super try as replacement winger William Brickhill made a devasting surge from his own 22 to within 10 metres of the home line and though brought down the ball was quickly move inside for Johnny Ward to score under the sticks and then convert. The last twenty minutes were tense as both sides had chances and the result could gone either way but Manchester managed to cling on for victory. A battling effort from a scratch eighteen man squad
which included prop Danny McManus (first game for 6 months)new boys Craig Ross .Aiden Dunham (centre Gary’s lad) and Billy (the whizz) Brickhill who took the Jolly Roger Pennant for those lightening forays down the wing. Andy Coop bagged his second Blind Pugh for disageeing with arbiter of fact right in front of the posts plus his attempt to tackle the 5 foot scrum half which had all the hallmarks of a George Formby film.