A depleted Eccles squad and a gloriously bright Eccles morning welcomed our visitors from the far east of Lancashire. Colne agreed to stand in when our original opponents Old Crossleysan realised on close inspection of a map that Eccles was a “birrov a trek from th’alifax”
Our last fixture against Colne was back in April and turned out to be a very close game in which todays visitors secured victory 19 – 14. It was a match remembered as much for the off-field antics as for the game itself.
Lost Barbour’s, Benedictine, and Alan
Todays game didn’t disappoint. Eccles had come off a bruising encounter with Bolton and had learnt much from the game in terms of speed and aggression, lessons they took into a first half which they entirely dominated from the 1st through to the 978th whistle.
Eccles opened the scoring through stand-in captain Alex H who rose to the occasion of his new responsibilities as he collected the ball inside the Colne 22 and powered his way through their defence to score in the corner.
The Eccles lead was doubled shortly afterwards as a sustained period of pressure lead to a Colne line-out 5 metres from their try line. Flanker Joe R was lifted with expert timing, he reached and stole the ball from Colne before diving over for a brilliantly worked try. Eccles have only just begun lifting in the line-out and it is already something that the lads are excelling at through their strength and exceptional handling.
Eccles have been totally dominant in the first half but a lapse of concentration and some bad luck sees a loose ball bounce straight in to the welcoming arms to the Colne Centre who takes full advantage and scores under the posts with the final action of a pulsating 1st half.
Half Time 10 – 7
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with Eccles in control of play, pressing hard on the Colne defence; a defence that would crack under the pressure as Eccles work the ball at pace from right to left through quick hands and slick passing before Ellis P gambles (to the frustration of Coach Kevin) with a long pass to Rob S who is waiting in space on the wing. Rob opens his stride and is in to score Eccles 3rd try of the game which Harry C converts to put Eccles 10 points ahead
17 – 7
Within minutes of the restart Eccles are in again, this time it is Harry C who catches the Colne players napping as he jinks his way through the defence to ground the ball beneath the posts, leaving himself another simple conversion
24 – 7
And the game is over! Cigars and Brandy all round for the Eccles lads.
Loose play in the centre of the pitch see the ball in the hands of the impressive Colne 8 who charges at the Eccles lines before releasing the ball to their Prop who strides away to close the deficit to 10 points again.
24 – 14
Colne are noticeably lifted by the points as they see the fatigue in the faces of the Eccles players. Four substitutes are introduced by our visitors and the changes pay off as Eccles are pinned back inside their own 22. Eccles have a scrum just metres from their try line, the ball is secured and Harry C clears the ball upfield but straight into the hands of the Colne Full-Back who manages to weave his way past the Eccles defence to score in the final action of another tremendous game of rugby.
Full Time 24 – 21
We’ll need our winter woolies next week as we travel to Marl Pits, Rossendale to fulfil an away fixture which hopefully wont be a repeat of last seasons.
Rossendale U16’s are known as the Rhinos. I think we should come up with a fitting name for Eccles U16s. The Magpies is my suggestion!!!
Eccles U16’s Vital Statistics
Todays Eccles Squad
Starting XV (not IX as reported in last weeks – and you all tell me you read them??)
- David S – Hooker
- Alex H – Loose Head Prop (Captain)
- Ellis P – Tight-Head Prop
- Oliver W– Second Row
- James W – Second Row
- Joe R – Blind-Side Flanker
- Alex T– Open-Side Flanker
- James F– Number Eight
- Dan A – Scrum-Half
- Harry C – Fly Half
- Robert S– Left Wing
- Max R– Inside Centre
- Jack W – Outside Centre
- Reese F (Colne RUFC) – Right Wing
- Brad P – Full-Back
Replacements – Alex H (Colne RUFC)
- Ed H – Injured
- Matt W – Injured
- Matty L – Injured
- Albert T – Injured
- Josh G – Injured
- Kieron R – fulfilling League commitments
- Shea S – fulfilling League commitments
- Archie H – AWOL
- Coach James – AWOL
Scores on the Doors
Half Time 10 – 7
Full Time 24 – 21
- Eccles Try Scorers – Alex H, Joe R, Robert S, Harry C
- Eccles Conversons – Harry C x 2
Eccles Men of the Match
- Players Choice – Harry C
- Off the back of a facial injury last week and a MoM performance for school, Harry put in a brilliant performance capped off with a try and two conversions
- Coach Choice – Joe R
- Another great performance from Joey Eccles who has taken to the line-out lift like a duck to hoisin sauce. A fantastic try, some robust tackling and the fans favourite perpendicular run
- Parents Choice – Joe R
- Fully deserved but Players choice Harry C was very close behind on the voting.
Very well done Joe R and Harry C
Well done and thanks to Chris’tle for refereeing todays match.
Yappy the dog found himself on the receiving end of a tackle from Joe R midway through the 1st half
Fantastic to have Dan Gogh back in the first XV following his lay off. The speed of thought that he brought to todays game was sorely missed in last weeks fixture
Many thanks to Colne lads Reese F and Alex H for donning the Navy & White so Eccles could field 15 in each half. Both lads played very well and were a credit to their club.
Thanks to the lads who were out with injury but still came along to cheer the team on Matt W, Josh G, Matt L
Update on last weeks game:
It was Matt L who broke his nose in the Bolton fixture – he has now gone on to compound this with a more serious head injury received while playing for school which will keep him out for most of October.
Alex T played last week – probably had a decent game too, but I missed him off the match report. Sorry Alex
The injury to David S was less serious than first thought and he was back at hooker today
Matt W and Ed H both suffered head injuries and as such will be unavailable for the recommended period
Harry C was able to see properly shortly after last weeks game. He went on to lead his school to a quarter final win with a Man of the Match performance.
Quote of the day
“Bloody FIFA17 has done for us here”
Joe R for that high tackle at the end of the 1st half
Joe R for smashing Yappy the dog
Adidas for the dreadful quality of their boot stitching
‘Un-named’ for responding to “there are too many dogs at Eccles” with
“thats no way to talk about my wife”
Alan for standing up James