U10s Match Report – 19th November 2017
Lymm RFC vs Eccles RFC
Another sunny winter morning for another away fixture, this time at Lymm RFC. Eccles had a few absences this week, so only had 9 players available for the three 12 minute matches. The home side had the advantage of a large squad of 20+ players to go with their very large pitch – the biggest our boys have played on so far this season.
Squad: Finley, Max, Sandy, Michael, Alfie, Joseph, Tomas, Owen, Conor
Lymm got off to a flyer with a try in the corner from the first move of the match but Eccles looked to respond immediately with some strong tackling from Sandy and Joseph followed by some positive forward running from Conor, Michael and Sandy. Despite their determined efforts, Lymm broke again out on the wing for their second try. Eccles continued to push forward and won a penalty for their efforts and some quick passing out to the Eccles left flank released Alfie who demonstrated some powerful running, shaking off the Lymm defence to touch down in the corner. Lymm responded quickly from the restart for their fourth. Undeterred, the Eccles boys provided a display of positive forward runs and sharp passing between Alfie, Tom and Michael, who released Max to go over for Eccles’ second of the match. The depth of Lymm’s squad was proving to be the difference as they pushed forward again for a fifth and then a sixth. A proud Eccles team continued to show their strength of character with some defiant tackling and persistent attacking with Sandy almost adding a third only to be pushed into touch before he could land the ball over the Lymm try line. Lymm then had the last word with their seventh, seconds before the final whistle.
Final score: Lymm 7 – 2 Eccles.
A strong and positive start from the boys with great forward drives from Sandy, Owen and Conor. Lymm were able to defend well, however and went on to score two quick tries. The Eccles response was, again, a very positive one with great effort shown by the whole team both in attack and defence. Alfie, Max and Finn combined well to release Tom who, in a similar vain to Sandy in the first game, was knocked into touch before he could touch the ball down for Eccles. Another period of strong tackling from Eccles followed and quick passing and strong hands from Max, Conor and Joseph saw Eccles break again with a great run from Michael and then Tom but Lymm managed to win the ball only to knock on. From the resulting scrum, Owen managed to find Tom who makes certain at the second time of asking. With their heads up, Eccles continue to put in some strong tackling but again, with some fresh legs, Lymm are able to break for their third try. Some more positive forward play for Eccles with Tom, Joseph and Sandy sees Sandy take a knock leaving space for Lymm to continue their run forward to make it 4 just on the final whistle.
Final score: Lymm 4 – 1 Eccles.
Lymm started strong again and despite a display of determined tackling from Michael and Finn and forward play from Tom, Owen and Joseph, Lymm score first past a tired Eccles. More determination ensued with forward efforts from Max, Alfie, Conor and Sandy but two more quick tries from Lymm made it 3-0. More great running from Sandy and quick hands from Joseph to Finn who passed to Sandy. His run almost sees him over the line again but a strong tackle takes him into touch for the second time today. Lymm responded positively again to score a fourth and then a fifth. Eccles managed to dig deep, despite their tired legs and again were almost over the line with Max, who is also knocked into touch (that was four times today) before being able to land the try. Another late Lymm break added a sixth before the end.
Final score: Lymm 6 – 0 Eccles.
The three scorelines did not do justice to the grit and determination shown by Eccles U10s today. On a big pitch with 3 fewer players than last week, Eccles can hold their heads high and be proud of their display. Everyone put in 100 per cent effort and nobody could have asked any more of the boys.