Old Aldwinians XV 19 v Eccles 4th 27 06/12/2014

The fourths came away from Audenshawe with a victory in a hard won friendly fixture taking place due to circumstances beyond their control . Eccles started extremely well being awarded a penalty try as the pack forced their opponents to collapse a scrum when going backwards towards their own line which Sam Delaney converted .The fourths had reshuffle as stand off Phillip Ashworth went off with an eye injury but still looked livelier team and duly scored another well crafted try finished by debutant Alex Sammmate at centre with Johnny Ward adding the extras. Another change had to be made as captain Paul Newton went off having sustained two successive knocks bringing on the fourths last available replacement but Eccles reached the interval with a well deserved 14-0 lead. The home rang the changes at half time and soon kick started their come back though in a dubious mannner as at a ruck their flanker blantantly came in from the Eccles side to snaffle the ball which resulted in Aldwinians eventually plunging over for a try. Riddick Manaye went off with leg injury meaning the skipper came back on at centre!!!!!! . The home side soon bagged another try and suddenly Eccles were up against it especially when second row Craig Belson also departed (after a prolonged delay) with a heavy knock to the knee necessitating a home player to don an Eccles shirt. Despite this setback the fourths dug in and against the odds fashioned wonderful piece of handling which saw Alun Davies score in the corner. Though the conversion was missed Eccles extended their lead with a Ward penalty but the home side came firing back with try to narrow the deficit to 22-19 . In the gathering darkness
Eccles now tackled as if their lives depended on it and then conjured up a replica try to previous one finished off well by the home side loanee in the final minutes to secure the win . A deserved win for the fine play in first half and the grit and determination in the second. Danny McCaffrey claimed the Jolly Roger pennant for two try saving tackling and his attacking intentions on the wing . Such battling team effort meant no award of Blind Pugh though was tempting to nominate one of the touch judges for his poor attempts at semaphore with the flag.