The Under 7’s made the trip up the East Lancs road to Sefton with a depleted squad and attrocious conditions….. not really the best recipe for a good game of rugby!
The boys were given an early sign of things to come with the Sefton official laying down his intentions of controling the game by seemingly allowing endless number of tags to be taken until the Eccles try line was breached. Captain Ollie tried desperately to lead the team from the front by standing his ground in the contact area whilst taking tags in an effort to stop the Sefton players surging forward. Danniel was the first Eccles try scorer appearing to ghost across the top of the mud to reach the corner. Maxwell was always a threat with ball in hand and Luke and Jonnie tried esperately to play through the pain barrier with numb hands.
With the rain and wind biting, it was dificult for the boys to play on the back-foot and the half time turn-around didn’t provide any let up as Sefton piled on the pressure. With Ethan and Kai joining us from the U8’s, even their experience and ball handling wasn’t enough to reverse the direction of play, not helped in by the bog of a pitch!
All in all, this one was best left forgotten, but as in the face of any adversity there were positives to emerge. It was a truly brave performance and only those who made the trip will appreciate how hard the boys fought. This will enhance their team spirit and unity going into the last third of the season. Special mention has to go to debutant Max who never once complained and constantly looked for opportunities, and capped his first ever game with a great try! Well done!
At least this week the kids were allowed in the opponents club house to eat their food and warm up!
Back to training this Sunday and the home comforts of Gorton street!