Today’s match summary by our touch line reporter Lynn (Mother of Goso) Goslin
As winter creeps in Eccles under 16’s set off to the Oldham Ashton border with extra overcoats and for me Coach Lewis’s advice was for extra ink for the pen to ensure all the action could be captured in this week’s thrilling match report.
It was in less than a minute from kick off when Paddy galloped over on the far side of the pitch to score and fortunately Jack , who had remembered his kicking boots this week converted to make the score 0-7 .
Oldham immediately came back with an attack and kicked up field to Omar who was in fantastic full back form and stepped in with a confident catch to start an Eccles attack resulting in Bob bursting over the line to score but with JW missing the conversion 0-12 and only 11 minutes having been played .
The attacking play continued from Eccles, led by Captain Keaton ,Daniel Wilson and Wiggi who created a number of forceful breaks. Eccles countered Oldham’s best efforts to defend and linked up to send Dean Fellows over the line under the sticks. Play re-started with a horrendous looping pass from Wes which coach Danny said was exactly the opposite to what is practised in training sent Graisdon running over the line for his first try, and Jack converted 0-24.
Play started again Keaton was really going for it and passed to Turbat who flew over the line on the far side, Jack converted the tricky kick making it 0 – 31
Oldham’s heads at this point seemed to go down with one of their players unusually opting to sub himself , and his team mates letting him know exactly what they thought of his commitment as he left the pitch and made his way to the changing room.
Eccles on the break again with a pass from Keaton to Wes onto Graisdon , who streaked over for his 2nd try which Jack converted taking the score to 0-38
Oldham sensing half time was approaching rallied with an attack to be met by Stephen (Iron Man) Smith who was on fire carrying out 3 tackles in a row, and Omar quashing an Oldham certain score down the wing with a bone crushing text book try saving tackle .
The Ref blew for half time on a match that was fluid but desperately needing some shape and structure.
This half that saw Eccles rewarded by scoring a total of 6 tries and 4 conversions.
Thankfully the rain eventually stopped but as play restarted the chilly Oldham wind was against Eccles but Danny Wilson was unperturbed by the conditions and completed a team move for the first of the 2nd half tries . The wind was too strong for Jack to convert 0-43 . Play continued with Jack setting off on a solo run with some slick handling to Keaton, linking with Aaron on his debut who then passed back to Keaton then off to Bob and back to Aaron who went over for his first Eccles try with Keaton testing his kicking skills and taking the lead to 50 points.
Play resumed with Goso catching the ball from the kick , leading to a period of Eccles attack linking with Stephen and Daniel Smitham, Oldham rallied and were contained by Stephen (IM) Smith and Keaton then Daniel Wilson broke through scoring his 2nd try with Turbat having an attempt at the conversion 0-55.
Although Eccles handling was fluid Ivan became a little frustrated at being omitted from the move but the Eccles attacks were plentiful and the backs were practicing their passing , which led to some over confidence and a disallowed try from Aaron due to an unfortunate forward pass.
Eccles were awarded a penalty and Jack set off on a strong run to link up with Stephen (IM) Smith who went in under the sticks allowing Jack to convert easily making it 0 – 62.
Play resumed with another link up from Keaton to Aaron taking the lead to 67 points, Stephen (iron man)Smith set off on a run throwing a dummy pass that wasn’t really a dummy but effective enough to fool the opposition and send Dean Fellows over for his 2nd try , Keaton taking his time with the kick and was ambushed by Omar who very nearly managed the conversion 0-72. Oldham persisted with their defence but Stephen(iron man) Smith had other ideas and bustled through, passing to Bob who off loaded to Daniel Smitham who stormed for the line , time was ticking and Bob attempted a drop goal in the last minute. 0-77 full time and almost no ink left in the pen.
Mum’s summary although the weather made it feel like Autumn had suddenly turned to Winter . The score combined with the positive team play, focus and discipline from the lads meant We left Oldham to come home with a sunny disposition and warm optimism for the tougher fixtures ahead .
Next week serious “Blacksticks Business” with Leigh at home.